Great Green Gardeners 4-H JMG Club Updates
May 18th, 2009
Fifteen excited young gardeners attended the May 18th meeting. Master Gardener Nancy explained the Master Gardener program and 4-H Leader Cindy gave out the ning.com and our county’s JMG web addresses and told how using them fits into the 4-H SET goals.
Activities started with Master Gardener Nancy leading the group in a Great Green Gardeners Cheer! Then she asked youth to draw a Hamburger Plant. This request received puzzled looks as no one had heard of that type of plant! After they drew their versions of a Hamburger Plant, club members told about ingredients found in a hamburger and how each item comes directly, or indirectly, from plants.
Parents assisted Master Gardener Debbie in helping small groups discuss parts of a plant and types of food we get from each part. Example: plant part-leaf, food that is a leaf - lettuce.
After a snack break, 4-H Leader Cindy explained the word ‘dissection’. Each young person got a flower and, starting with the petals, learned about the insides of flowers and function of each part. The magnifying glasses provided gave all a close-up look! Parents assisted.
We ended our meeting with a walk to the garden. Debbie explained the challenges of creating a garden that, at present, looks like a sandbox!! Club members took turns reading backs of seed packets and told what each piece of information meant. We posed for our first club photo!
It was a beautiful, spring evening that left us feeling ready to start gardening!
At http://www.jmgkids.us Type ‘Chapter 1’ in the search box. Go to Level 1. Activities and Chapter 1. Plant Growth and Development. Pick one of the three choices to complete. Do more if you’d like. Share which activities you completed and what you learned in your journal.