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Spuds Party, a Hit!

Hash browns, French fries, tater tots and chips!  Yummy!-  and all made from potatoes.  This Greenie Program  was started in May with the planting of Kennebec potatoes.  It was an early harvest last Saturday when delicate white spuds were lifted out of the soil.

me twoThe program started with two readings, “Up Down and Around” by Katherine Ayres,  got everyone introduced to vegetables and the direction they grow in. Children shared their own stories about vegetables in their home gardens.  None of kids were growing potatoes in their own gardens, so the excitement was building!

 

potThe second book was “Two Old Potatoes and Me” by John Coy, which was an informal guide to planting potatoes.  A young girl discovers withered and sprouting spuds in the kitchen cupboard and with her father’s guidance they cut up the spuds and plant them. Watering, hilling the dirt, weeding, and watching out for Colorado Potato Beetles, all lead up to potatoe harvest time.  Would we be digging up potatoes in the Community gardens? Or would our spuds be duds?

After the books everyone went to the gardens and a shovel was retrieved from the shed.  Children gathered around the plants…the spade made  a cut in the soil…POTATOES! POTATOES ! POTATOES!  Nature had not disappointed us.  The children were so excited, we just kept digging. We soon filled the bucket one third full with different sized spuds.  The harvest yielded one potato for each child.

The spud party spilled back inside,  where a blind potato chip tasting got under way.  The flavors of the chips were: salt and vinegar, aged cheddar and sour cream, and garden tomato and basil.  The chip voted best flavor was salt and vinegar. Who knew a vegetable could be so much fun?

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More Peas, Please

Our Greenies will enjoy planting their own pea pods to take home in this easy peasy edition of Greenie Gardeners.  We’ll also enjoy a veggie-tastic storytime before going out to the Children’s Garden to explore what we’ve planted so far in the season.

Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required.  Please visit or call the children’s Department at 846-1573 to register. 

When: Friday, June 8th at 11am

Where: Program Room

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“Greenie” Gardeners Programs for Kids

Children and families will have a chance to get down in the dirt and become a “Greenie” with our newly installed Community Gardens at Middletown Public Library.  Beginning in June, we’ll be offering monthly gardening, plant, and nature themed programs through the Children’s Department.  The library will have a Children’s Garden that will offer hands-on experiences as well as programs that will bring the “outdoors in”.

These monthly program are free to register for, and our first program will be on Saturday, June 9th at 11am.  Recommend for ages 4 and up.  To register for these programs, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573.

Saturday, June 9th at 11am: “Going Buggy” Story and Craft Program

It’s “good bugs” vs. “bad bugs” in this buggy version of Greenie Gardeners.   We’ll learn that there are good insects and bad insects for our gardens, and what some of the different kinds are.  This bug themed program will have thematic bug stories,  action rhymes, and a craft of designing your our own bug box.

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