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Plant-a-RowOur third grade classes have been using the garden most heavily, supporting what they are learning in the classroom with hands-on chances to explore food and culture. Ms. Betts’ class took this one step further recently by packaging seeds to help feed the hungry. Their work was featured in the Lettuce Link blog.

We are planning to donate some of the produce from our school garden to the FamilyWorks Food Bank, which is located just across the north parking lot from school. You too can “Grow a Row for the Hungry” by planting some extra seeds in your home garden and bringing the fresh produce to your local food bank. More information on how to help can be found here.

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Back in cold December, spring seemed far away, yet the SNAPP Dragons Garden Team was planning ahead and ordered many native plant treasures from the King Conservation District 2013 Bareroot Plant Sale.  We ordered some shrubs and groundcovers and quickly came up with a planting plan for our native garden space.

Native Garden Plan

Native Garden Plan

Over the winter, the large Elm was removed due to disease and that it dropped large limbs onto our teachers’ cars!  We decided to feature the stump that was left, and created a secret space so the kids can sit on the stump and be surrounded by a mass of pink flowers.  Although we were faced with a change in the exposure to the site, we kept the Acer circinatum in the plan since it will be a fabulous anchor plant for the site, and it will be protected from the blazing sun by the walkway and the brick wall to the west.

  • Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum)
  • Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)
  • Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)
  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
  • Coastal Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
  • Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
  • Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
  • Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
  • Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis)

Our team picked up 1.5 yards of a sandy two-way soil from Sky Nursery and the Dirt Exchange to place over the woody berms.  Another team member picked up the bare-root plants and plugs.  Unfortunately, the Vaccinium didn’t arrive, so we used more Ribes and Amelanchier in their place.

And then the kids arrived for the first birthday party for the Native Garden. Our first-graders were great helpers.  They learned where to put their feet (on the walkways and not on the “frosting” of the planting cake) and how to hold and use their tools (like mixing a cake, not flipping pancakes).  They learned how to tickle the roots to spread them out, and how to hold the trees so that they would be planted with the tree up and the roots down.  Then they were watered in, and everyone wanted to plant some more!  I can’t wait to see how this garden develops.

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