Nurturing the Eagle Nest

Working together to beautify the school habitat for our soaring eagles!

Starting Seedlings & Gardener Personalities

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FSES students and parents (and 1 grandparent!) started seeds at Gray Mockingbird Community Garden today.  Tomatoes, spinach, beets, Brussels sprouts, eggplant and okra, to name a few.  Gray Mockingbird Community Garden will keep our seed starter trays in their misting tent until we’re ready to put them in our planting beds in a few weeks.  And per Andrea, we sprinkled the top of our planted starter tray with ground cinnamon to prevent the top of the soil from getting too wet and ruining the seedlings.  Brian and Andrea also gave us a big bag of seeds to sow directly into the planting beds.  We will also create seed tape for our tiny seeds (radishes, carrots), seed tape video.  Andrea again!   Some seeds will get started in the STEM classroom when FSES students will poke holes in soil bags and drop in flower seeds (gotta attract those pollinators!).  Little by little the garden is moving along!

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Perhaps it is something to do with working with dirt and expecting good things but accepting its not up to them but gardeners are kind, generous and lovely people.  Andrea and Brian at Gray Mockingbird Community Garden are the archetype, if there is one.  Bags of seeds, space on the garden site, responding to endless questions and emails and all with a smile (see below).  Whatever our garden becomes Brian and Andrea have had a giant, unseen hand in its development.  If you meet these people, visit their garden or can send a silent ‘THANK YOU’ – please do so.

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Most of the garden site space is covered in cardboard.  The school recently received 30 desktop computers and those cardboard boxes are now contributing to the health of our soil!  Several 4th graders helped remove packing tape, break down the boxes, water the area and cover with stones.  Thanks guys.

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Don’t miss Fun with Math night this Wednesday, October 1st at 6:30!

The Garden Team will have a table at Math night this Wednesday.  We’ll have information on our garden plans, ways you can help and students will have the opportunity to enter an idea in a ‘Name the Garden’ contest.  Start thinking of name ideas now and maybe you’ll have the winner.  (Yes, there is a prize!)

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