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Sep '12

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Grace is now in Group 7.  That’s 5th grade for Americans.  She was so happy to go back to school; sitting around with us all summer wasn’t that fun.  Her summer here is 6 weeks long.  Imagine how she would’ve felt if she had an American summer break.  🙂

One thing she started in Group 6 was a garden. Each child is given a small plot, and every Tuesday, they went to plant seeds, pull weeds and harvest vegetables.  They are told to bring their rain boots in case it is raining or the ground is really soft from rain.  If you don’t know much about The Netherlands, that’s pretty much all the time.  Here is something she got in Group 6.

Lettuce from Grace’s garden

I had to do a bit of research for some of the vegetables.  For example, curly endive (andijvie) is really common here, but I’d never made it myself.  I also had to learn how to cook beets.  It’s a good thing that I like cooking and experimenting with new things!

Over the summer, their vegetables continued to grow. They did have quite a bit of weeding to do after a six-week break.  We’ve been treated to some delicious, organic vegetables, and Grace is much more willing to try everything since she grew them herself. Look at some of the bounty we got this year so far.

Grace’s group 7 bounty

I never know what she’s going to bring home on a Tuesday, so I usually make a plan for cooking her veggies on Wednesday. I was pleasantly surprised to have flowers from her garden as well. I was shocked at how long they lasted in the house.

Flowers from Grace’s garden

I think that they have a few more weeks of harvesting.  She said that she’s got a yellow squash growing, which is something you don’t find too often here in The Netherlands and is one of my favorite vegetables.  I won’t have to work to hard to figure a way to cook that one.  Just thinking about it makes me hungry.  Is it Tuesday yet?

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