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Redwood Students Harvest Fall Garden, Plant Spring Bulbs

At the final gardening session of 2018, Redwood students harvested scallions (green onions), radishes, kale, and spinach. In addition, they harvested pea shoots to use in salads. The last garden session surprised many students, as crops that had been exposed to temperatures in the 20s were still able to be harvested. An example is the spinach, as shown in the illustration above.

Another project the students embarked upon was to force spring bulbs. In the lower right of the illustration, a cross-section of a pot is shown with the layering of bulbs. The bulbs will flower at different times. They need to be stored in a garden shed to get a start with their roots. Bulbs need at least three months of cold in order to bloom in the spring.


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Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges-West Orange

Our facility features an indoor pool with aquatic programs and swim lessons, cardio and strength conditioning equipment, fitness classes for all levels, sports and enrichment classes, and a supervised child watch.