Explorer Garden Clean Up 2014 September 14, 2014
This summer was a record year for weeds in the Explorer Garden! A whole crop of amazing parent, staff and community volunteers helped get it ready to use again.
This year’s garden plan will include a garden remodel, courtesy of a team of 9th graders from High Tech High, and our Whole Foods Foundation grant. They will raze our garden to the ground, pull out rotting raised beds, and create a garden plan by taking surveys of teachers and students and using Sketch Up to design a wonderful new garden.
We can’t wait for the work to begin — sometime in mid to late October. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the garden as it is!
Hanging Succulent Gardens March 12, 2014
Last year’s 3rd Graders created hanging succulent gardens with the help of Alissa Aldous. Now that the plants are established, we’ve hung them up on the shed and they are lovely! Stop by to check them out — and ask Alissa about her miniature succulent business on Etsy!
The Garden has become a place for imaginative play this year! Third grade students have brought their inside learning out into the garden, playing Kumeyaay at recess, gathering parts of plants, grinding clay with stones, and having fun in nature.
We have also added a bin of nature play materials — small rocks, tree “cookies’, twigs, leaves, and wood. It’s amazing to see what children are doing and creating. Studies show that access to nature changes the way children play — giving them opportunities for cooperative play as opposed to competitive ball games on the black top. See what our creative children have been doing in the garden!
Middle School students from High Tech Middle Media Arts, drama teacher Linda Libby, and three parent volunteers spent four hours working hard in our garden. They used power drills and screw drivers to create signs for students to paint words on, sawed bamboo and wood and used post-hole diggers to create fencing for our compost area, weeded garden beds, cleaned up a very messy herb garden, and planted wild flower seeds. We cannot thank them enough. The fruits of their labor will be visible as our garden explodes with growth this spring!