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We have some monarch caterpillars looking for some milkweed. Do you have any at your school? Let me know and I will connect you! stacy.smith@accgov.com

Speaking of hosting monarchs! Does your school have a pollinator garden? The Connect to Protect program is holding its annual Native Plant Sale at the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies from October 4-12. 

Monarchs & Beyond: Pollinator Stewardship Plants & Pollinators Specialization Class at the State Botanical Garden, September 21, $45

Check out the INSECT-IVAL at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Sept 28

The Symbolic Migration is underway! Have your class study the monarch migration and send paper butterflies to students in Mexico! The ticket for a class is $15. (Check the KACCB Green School Grant to cover the classes at your school) The migration mailing deadline is October 11.
 
Need a School Garden Workday to get your beds ready for school? 
This year we've set up a one stop questionnaire to get you signed up for volunteers, help, tools, compost, and mulch. Let us know your garden workday plans and needs now so we can start getting resources sent your way. WORKDAY SURVEY

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x7872 or emailing stacy.smith@accgov.com.

See all menus and events for this month online.
PLANT!

What to plant this month, Seeds: Arugula, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Greens, Lettuce, Spinach, Radishes, Turnips ; Starts: Broccoli, Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Lettuce
 
  • Have work teams (Pest Patrol, Plant Health Patrol, and Plant Protection Patrol) keep an eye out for weeds, pests and disease.
  • Plant your second planting of fall crops such as collards, turnips, cabbage, mustard, and kale.
  • Refurbish mulch to control weeds, and start adding leaves and other materials for the compost pile. Store your manure under cover to prevent leaching of nutrients. 
  • Water deeply and thoroughly to prevent drought stress. Pay special attention to new transplants.
  • Harvest mature green peppers and tomatoes before frost gets them – it may not come until November,but be ready. Harvest herbs and dry them in a cool, dry place.
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.
TEACH!

The Symbolic Migration has some great classroom resources for you to use with your students to learn about the monarch migration.

Monarchs Across Georgia has a lovely Pollinator Conservation Booklet and teaching materials (aimed at third graders, but could work for other grades).

The Connect to Protect Program has a wonderful coloring book for students.

The Pollinator Partnership has published Pollinator Gardens and Habitat Program Curriculum and Activities with lessons and lots of printable pages and activities for your students.

Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website

EAT!
 
Eating from the garden this month: Apples, Arugula, Basil, Beans, Eggplant, Muscadines, Lettuce, Okra, Field Peas, Pecans, Sweet Potatoes, Radish, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon.

Pollinator salad
From Food Management
You can add as much or as little of each salad ingredient as you like. Everything on this list requires the help of a pollinator, whether it’s a bee, a butterfly or even a bat.

Yield: 1 salad with dressing

 For salad:
  • Lettuce, any kind
  • Avocado
  • Beets, fresh sliced and blanched or roasted
  • Carrot, grated
  • Artichokes (canned and seasoned)
  • Pumpkin seeds (lightly roasted in pan on stovetop until they just begin to pop)
  • Cucumber
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Turnips
  • Strawberries
For dressing:
  • Sesame oil (olive oil relies upon wind pollination, but sesame plants benefit from cross-pollination by a variety of insects)
  • Chive vinegar (this is a simple vinegar infused with chive flavor from the chive flower, if available)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Blueberry preserves, with or without seeds.
1. Use about equal amounts of oil and vinegar—½ cup to start—then add about a tablespoon of preserves and 2 teaspoons mustard.

2. Mix in shaker container or stainless-steel bowl.

Recipe from Jeremy Corson, AVI Foodsystems at Goshen College

Need materials to cook with in your classroom? Borrow the mobile cooking cart from the Office of Service Learning and/or contact a local chef to come cook with your class! Contact stacy.smith@accgov.com to learn more!
EVENTS!

State Botanical Garden of Georgia Certificate in Native Plants Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter
9/11 Rain Gardening Class, ACC Library, Register
9/28 Insect-ival, State Botanical Garden
9/30 Deadline for EEA Conference Proposal
10/2 Native Plant Sale Opening Reception, State Botanical Garden
10/3-5 Native Plant Sale, Bot Garden
10/10-12 Native Plant Sale, Bot Garden
10/15-19 NAAEE Annual Conference, Lexington, KY
10/19 Grow Your Own Prairie, Bot Garden
10/26 Outdoor Learning Symposium, Chattahoochee Hills Charter School
11/1 MLK Day of Service Application Deadline
11/1 Heritage Day Fall Festival, Bot Garden
11/8 Master Gardener Class Application Due

 
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