I come April and spring is here from March 21, we have more sunny days and a tropical climate, honey, fruits, birds, flowers and seeds, some native and other Creole, as we shared with the children. The seeds were our theme this week, where we talked and met with students about the importance of native and native seeds, why should we keep them, the importance of cultural, social, historical level and are of vital importance for our health, food and then also also vital for our survival.
As of this week we will begin to develop our BOOK OF SEEDS, seeds will be collected by children, begin with 1 seed per child, the key is to seek information from those seeds, children will be who investigated his parents, grandparents and people in the community about some of the history of the seed, where it came from, what his name is, as sowing, as used, etc.. To get this valuable information in our school available to consult when children and teachers need.
Soil and Fertility.
Soil is a vital issue when we think of planting, ornamental or vegetable, trees or shrubs, so we should be able to focus on this element. We talked about the different types of soil, microorganisms that live in and the importance of living with them, nurture them through manure and keep them alive because they depend on the soil fertility. Conducted with children an identification of the type of soil you have at school, in the area where the garden implement, simply taking handfuls of soil to a depth of 5-8 cm. This place it in glass jars with water to half the jar and let stand for 24 hours, so you get the result, noting that element is the most contains our soil, which is divided into layers of organic matter, clay , silt, sand and rocks. Thus we find that at school we have a sandy soil, therefore we must integrate you more organic materials to give plants a soil rich in nutrients, which taken to its development and formation of flowers, fruits, stems and leaves.
After learning that our ground school is gritty we got down to work to we develop a compost heap using local resources, we have within our school, such as dry leaves, dry bush, green leaves, organic kitchen waste , earth, water, sun and air, also brought coffee pulp, which we will add more nitrogen and accelerate the decomposition of all organic matter in the compost pile. First collect the dry and green stuff, enlisted the hose, shovels and soil, then begin building the compost pile. Children were the drafters of the stack, layer by layer went compartiéndoles the importance of each element and its function within the compost.
We also discussed the maintenance of the same, as we turn it every 8 days and watering if moisture is not enough, this commission Soil, who is made up of five students and one teacher at the school take care. Thus we are taking advantage of the green and dry material is around the school, many burned to the times before planting the corn in May. The burning of the rose, as it is commonly called peasants in Guatemala, is a practice that is deeply rooted in rural agriculture, but unfortunately this practice is impoverishing the soil slowly killing fertility and eroded land. Hence the importance of sharing with the ecological and natural to take advantage of a conscious way surplus nature, as taught permaculture practices children.
Already started making labels for plants that are growing in orchards that have developed in the schools, we have more than 15 species growing in the gardens; Curenteño beans, navy beans, black beans, chipilin, amaranth, chives, cilantro, radishes, lettuce and endive colocha, lemon, medlar, black nightshade, colix, chayote, chiles, among others.
For the last day of work at the school in April, we had the visit of George MAGA, who presented to school tools and give PURA VIDA dono through technical maga. Delivery to children and teachers of the school was made in order to continue the development of garden tools available and their own school.