Nurturing the Eagle Nest

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


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We need a tropical glass storm and we tasted radish greens

The pole beans are up and close to reaching the trellis structures.  The radishes are way up and needing to be thinned. The last 2 STEM 2nd grade classes were offered radish greens.  The theory being, if you grew it you should try it.  And they did!  And MOST of them liked the taste.  One young lady said “I didn’t think I would try it but I did and I liked it and I think I’ll try some other new stuff.”  Yes, the quote sounds made up but it is absolutely what she said and doesn’t it make this garden process all worthwhile?  There are pictures of children enjoying radish greens and you can see them at FSES on Family Literacy Night this Thursday.  We’re hoping to arrange short tours of the garden too.  We hope to see you there!

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We started filling the river with glass mulch.  It is beautiful but we need help!  Mrs. Beesley, our STEM teacher, says we’re experiencing a drought and could use a tropical storm of glass mulch.  In the next picture you can see how far we have to go with the river.  If you would like to sponsor a glass mulch deluge please comment and let us know!  It really is lovely and the students are amazed at the color and texture.

DSC04436Almost the entire garden has been mulched and more mulch is filing in the areas in front of the classrooms nearest the garden.  We’ll start removing overgrown and non-natives from the butterfly garden very soon.  If you’d like to help please comment and we’ll find the right sized/timed job for you!

Hope to see you Thursday at Family Literacy Night!

“We may think we’re nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” –Jenny Uglow

 


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More Seeds!

The 2nd grade students started planting their individual garden cells this morning.  Did you know an oregano seed is as small as a grain of salt?  AND that it can grow 14 to 22 inches in height?  While the calendula seeds are odd shaped and rather large?  Plants are amazing.

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The pole beans are getting ready for a structure to climb on – the hoops should be in place on Monday.  On the other side we’ll plant birdhouse gourd vine and climbing nasturtiums.

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The radishes are really popping up and this variety will be ready to harvest in just a few weeks!  The students are working hard, getting dirty and learning so much.

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Keep checking back – we’ll have updates on the hoop structures, the rock river and snaps of what else may be popping up in the garden beds.

Engineering stimulates the mind. Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty: make things, dismantle things, fix things. When the schools can offer that, you’ll have an engineer for life. – Bruce Dickinson


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Sprouting

Garden Grower! Farmer David and his site manager James from Sons & Daughters Farm were on hand to help out at FSES Career Day.  They brought a feathered friend and spoke with the students about their work.  We appreciate all of their efforts on behalf of the students.

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A (very) bright and beautiful morning!

Planting continues!  As of Friday, 4 of the garden bed interiors have been planted with seed tape, cherry tomatoes and pole beans.  The students are fully engaged during their time in the garden.  They have tons of questions and are actively learning. Look what was peeking out of the bed planted on Monday….

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Two more garden beds to go and on the next rotation the students will pick herb or flower seeds for their individual planting cells.  We’ll finish the rock river edging, add more mulch and build the bean hoops.  Wait until you see the rock choice for the rock river!  If you have sturdy benches, stumps or garden seating that you would like to donate, please comment and let us know.  Keep checking back and see how the project is moving along.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney