It’s been such a fabulous week celebrating all the hard work & fun in the garden for the year. All classes got to make fresh FAUX-jitos aka mojitos w/ fresh mint from the garden. They were amazingly refreshing on these hot spring days we had.
Today we picked goumi berries, thimbleberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
We also have been enjoying the incredible selection of flowers in the garden, including white roses, calendula, clematis, and more.
We have been doing snail patrol, learning about invasive animals & insects in the garden. But today we had snail races…
Thanks to everybody- all the parents, teachers, and students who support this Orca Garden Program. It is a true community effort. We love ya!
It’s a celebration!
It was a rip roaring week of intense sun, random hose cool downs, straw mulching, and even some planting.
Our amazing UW volunteer Jamee!
We mulched baby onions w/ straw to save them from this amazing heat. Helping out, was our UW volunteer Jamee from the fabulous Pipeline program that connects college students w/ volunteering in local organizations doing sustainability work. She got right down in it.
yes, spray time
So yes we had to cool down and this is how we do it. Make it rain!
a coconut from the Virgin Islands?!?
And w/ the kindergarteners, we opened a coconut that a student’s parent mailed from the US Virgin Islands?!? It’s not quite so easy, but we eventually cracked it and celebrated a little.
watering with care
And we did MUCH watering! It’s hot!!!!
Sweetie tomato transplant!
It was a busy spring day as we did A LOT! We started off with transplanting tomatoes & peppers.
Then we went on slug patrol! These pests munch all our delicious greens, so they gotta go.
Then we harvested a stockpile of mint for tea.
Mint tea of the future
And…the greenhouse is looking fabulous as we are getting ready for our plant sale on May 10th!
Tending the garden
It’s gonna be another plant extravaganza at Orca on May 10th! Get all your organic veggie starters, native plants, fruit trees/bushes, perennials, annuals- ALL YOUR GARDEN NEEDS! 10am-3pm at Orca K-8 School.
Please RSVP and share our FACEBOOK EVENT!
Get your plants!
Thanks to Cedar Grove Compost for the donation of 7 cubic yards of soil. The garden thanks you immensely. We had a blast unloading it and generally making a mess of ourselves.
The 3rd grade crew
The garden was suddenly transformed with this dark soil goodness. The students also got it explained to them that all their composting in the lunchroom eventually comes back as some of the best soil on the planet.
Shaping up nicely ’round here