The Middlesex Garden Grows

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The Middlesex garden, currently in its second summer of operation, continues to thrive under the care of French teacher Carrie Bolster.  In the spring, Madame Bolster worked with a small group of dedicated seniors to ready the soil and build the beds.  With the help of Madame Bolster’s husband, educator Rob Houghton, the crew planted three types of potatoes, five types of tomatoes, pumpkins, and butternut squash. As the spring progressed, the crew then planted carrots, marjoram, chives, rosemary, two kinds of parsley, tarragon, and onions. Scarlet runner beans crawl up a tee-pee that the crew built for the beans. Red leaf and romaine lettuce grew under the tee-pee and have since been enjoyed by some lucky faculty members.  Cheerful flowers decorate the garden as well: zinnias, marigolds, petunia, and nigella, three kinds of sunflowers, celosias, and nasturtiums. When deciding what to plant, the garden crew chose vegetables that would come to fruition in the early fall so that the students could harvest them and the community could eat them.  The summer months demand good and constant vigilance in order to keep the garden watered, healthy, and productive. A skeleton faculty garden crew currently waters, weeds, and battles various garden pests.  They hope to harvest potatoes, tomatoes, herbs, squashes, and carrots come fall for the enjoyment of the entire community.

Middlesex gardeners at work


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