Get Growing! Lesson 5

Culinary Herbs

Yesterday's class focused on culinary herbs that we can grow in the garden here in Massachusetts. We passed around labelled bunches of dill, oregano, basil, rosemary, mint, and sage, and used our senses to describe them. In class we only used sight, smell, and touch - everyone took home a bouquet of mixed herbs to taste later with the supervision of their responsible adult.

After Ms. Rose helped record our observations, we split into teams to match herbs with the proper labels. This was pretty easy but a good warm up for the next challenge.

Next, we made identification more difficult by removing our sense of sight. I took volunteers for the blindfold challenge. Ms. Rose demonstrated how we can use our senses of touch and smell to identify Rosemary. There are some very advanced noses in our class and everyone had a lot of fun.

We ended class with a story about an urban beekeeper, The Honeybee Man, by Lela Nargi and Kyrsten Brooker.

The weather is finally starting to warm up, so our next lesson may be out in the school's learning garden. We've got some weeding to do!