Nurturing the Eagle Nest

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

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Getting ready and MULCH!


We’ve begun our 3rd year with the garden incorporated deeply into the curriculum for the 2nd grade students during STEM Lab.  Every day, for 8 days (8 garden beds!), the 2nd grade STEM Lab students have cleared their respective beds and prepared the soil.  Planting is set to begin in late October after more time exploring seeds in the STEM Lab and preparing seed tapes.

Morning Garden Club is set to begin in 1 week!  We’re continuing with weeding the walkways between the beds and moving mulch back to the glass rock river.

If you’re looking at ways to help we could use mulch!  Especially donated mulch.  Most especially 5 to 6 cubic yards of donated (clean!) pine mulch.  We add the ‘clean’ in there because we want to avoid the dreaded stinkhorn fungi.  The area most desperately in need of mulch is the Butterfly Garden which really struggles after a week or two of no rain and no nice thick layer of mulch to retain moisture.

There’s plenty to do in the gardens, post a message or send an email to if you’d like to help!

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.

— Rudyard Kipling


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Expanding & Weeds & Weeds

Here are some photos from the garden this morning.  The first image shows a new structure adjacent to the 8-bed raised garden that will support a native vine called jacquemontia.  It is the first in this area outside the villas near the garden to begin its transformation to a native habitat.  Before long the bamboo trellis will be covered in purple flowers.  The next photos show the extent of our weed issue.  If you have 15 to 20 minutes in the morning to pull some weeds we would be very appreciative.  The students stop and pull a few before morning classes.  The final shots illustrate how happy the zinnia, echinacea and calendula are in the garden.  These flowers get many visits from butterflies and bees throughout the day.  Lovely!  More posts soon so keep checking back!  dsc07292dsc07293dsc07294dsc07295dsc07296dsc07297

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Year 3 Begins

Welcome back!  Another school year has begun and our award-winning garden begins its 3rd year.  We were honored with the award for Best Vegetable Garden by Mounts Botanical Garden at the Green Schools Recognition Program luncheon in May.  Thank you!!

We’re busy pulling weeds and will soon begin to prepare the beds for planting.  2nd grade STEM students will plant on the west side of each bed – day 1 through 8.  The east side of each bed will be available for individual classes and the Morning Garden Club to use.

Speaking of the Morning Garden Club – applications will be sent home Tuesday, September 6th and are due back on September 16th at the latest (no exceptions).  Students will be advised which day(s) they will attend later in September with Morning Garden Club set to start the first week in October.

We’ll post photos soon of what’s been happening with the gardens and will update you on our plans.  We’re hoping to have some Morning Garden Club members writing a blog post or contributing some artwork this year.

As always, it takes many hands and time for a garden to be successful.  If you would like to help out in the garden (8 bed vegetable garden, butterfly garden, expanding mini-gardens outside the portables, edible forest, compost center and more) please reply with a comment or send an email.

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