Nurturing the Eagle Nest

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


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Another Way to Grow!

The Tower Garden the school was awarded for winning the Golden Shovel Award has begun its growing season!  The system uses nutrient-rich water and a pump to bathe the growing roots in a soil-less environment.  Seedlings were purchased from a garden center, rinsed of their soil and placed in baskets with rockwool.  We have chives, chocolate mint, basil, parsley, yellow squash, red leaf lettuce and strawberries.  The Tower Garden is located outside the Science Lab.

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Tower Garden Installation

tower 2

Checking the ph of the nutrient solution

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Ready to grow!

Other Growing Areas….

The Wonders of Learning garden (the 8 raised bed garden) is coming along.  There are seeds and seedlings in many of the beds as well as the perimeter.  Several families have donated bamboo lengths, thank you, and we’re still accepting more!  The longer the better so our parent volunteer building the growing structure for beans/gourd/peas has more flexibility with the design.

The butterfly garden is set to be replanted very soon!  Keep an eye on the blog and the Science Lab Twitter account for specifics.

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.

~Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954


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Summer Upgrade

During the summer a work team from the school district Maintenance & Plant Operations gave our concrete block beds a beautiful ‘coat’ of cedar.  Between the inner and outer layer of cedar the work team also poured smooth concrete.  The result is lovely and provides more seating in the garden for visitors.  Here are some before, during and after photos.

glass finished

Glass river completed (thanks again Pinnacle Kids) and cowpea growing in Bed 1 as a summer cover crop and green mulch. Note the concrete block beds.

cedar install

Beds getting their cedar ‘coats’. Note how well the cowpea is growing. Amazing the work team was able to get this transformation done and NOT disturb the cowpea! Wow.

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More progress. Beautiful cowpea helped keep the weeds out of the beds and provided nutrients to the soil when composted into the soil prior to flowering.

beds ready for growing

This photo was taken 9/8/15 – beds are ready for planting to begin. Thank you PBCSD Maintenance work team for your hard work (in the summer too!) – the results are lovely.

Planting begins Tuesday, September 15th with herbs, vegetables and flowers.  We’ve had FSES families donating bamboo (thank you!) but can always use more long pieces.  We plan to have a bamboo structures built to support gourds, beans and loofah.  The structures we used last year was sturdy wire but it just couldn’t hold the weight of the birdhouse gourds.  The bamboo will be sturdier and will look better too.  If you have 10+ foot sections of bamboo please comment and let us know.

Another Growing Area Opens Tuesday!

Last year we won the Golden Shovel for Best New Garden and chose a Tower Garden as our award.  The Tower Garden will begin growing vegetables, herbs and flowers next week.  The Tower Garden will be located outside the Science Lab windows on the patio between the building and the soon-to-be replanted butterfly garden.  Pictures coming soon!

Keep in Touch!

Keep an eye on the blog as we’ve got lots to share in the coming weeks.  Or follow Mrs. Beesley, Science Lab Teacher, on Twitter as she’ll tweet when new blog posts are added.  @FSE_ScienceLab

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. – Liberty Hyde Bailey, Horticulturist and co-founder of the American Society for Horticultural Science