What’s This?

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We wondered…

We thought it could be

sticks,

or antlers

or maybe a cactus…

Then John smelled it and knew right away that it was ginger!

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So we soaked it overnight..

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filled the bottom of a flowerpot with stones…

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and added a soil mixture of half potting soil and half vermicompost.

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We dug a little hole and plunked it in!

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It’s ready to grow on a bed of rocks for extra humidity and we have fresh ginger to look forward to!

Post by Michele, with John C, Andrew A, Tanya, Ellie, Jay, Mike and Miguel

 

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Winter Isn’t So Bad at Bass River

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Vinca is flowering

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More blooms

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Seeds sorted by Jesse and Steven

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Tropical plants by the sun

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Chocolate Mint planted by Nathan

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Will the bean sprouts push the pennies up?

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Repotted houseplants in the sun

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Succulents

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Herbs

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Pansy seedlings planted by room 3.

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and mesclun greens that the Dayhab program is growing!

It’s 10 degrees outside but it’s warm and green at Bass River!

photos by Mike C and Bill D.

text by Laurie K and Michele

Holiday Swags

Making holiday swags is a tradition at Bass River’s location in Salem, Massachusetts.

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We start with a big pile of fresh greens.

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We turn a handful upside down and tie it together, then we wrap it with ribbon.

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We tie it gently.

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We fold the ends in half and give them a snip

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for that  pretty, professional look.

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Then we add a decoration.

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And it’s ready to hang up

on your door or wall!

post by Michele with Steven and Danny

Winter Lettuce and Spinach On the Rooftop!

We made a cold frame for our rooftop garden a few weeks ago. A cold frame is like a little greenhouse and it’s used to extend the growing season by keeping in the heat and keeping out the cold, snow and wind. We made ours very inexpensively using window well covers, metal clips and bungie cords. You can watch the video that showed us how to do it here.

We decided to try to grow different kinds of lettuce and spinach to see what varieties would grow best in the cold frame.

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We made labels for each packet of seeds,

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Then we went up to the roof, lifted the cover off and got ready to plant.

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Each set of seeds was gently planted.

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And carefully marked  with a white label.

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When we were done planting we had five varieties of lettuce and three types of spinach ready to grow!

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We put the cold frame back over the bed and bungie corded it down to protect from the wind.

It was a fun activity to do on a cool December day. In a few weeks we’ll see if the heat from the building below along with the cold frame’s protection from the snow and cold help the seeds to sprout.

Posted by Michele, with Peggi, Shoba,  Bill and Tanya