Leschi school garden Committee leaders and parents Jean Hicks (Asa’s mom – left in picture) and Kim Blakemore (Corrina’s mom – right in picture) are hard at work thinking! What do we need for a new school garden? – see below picture for their expressions of thought!
(Thank you parent Karen Baker for the photo)
Attention Leschi school community! We are building a new school garden that will be student inspired and led by fearless leaders Kim Blakemore and Jean Hicks! To clarify, Kim is the coordinator (non-green thumb) and Jean is the educator (green thumb extraordinaire).
How will the garden come to be? Well, logistics are still being ironed out, but in general interested classrooms will participate in starting and maintaining the garden by first planting seeds at the end of September and then following through with maintenance throughout Fall and beyond. This so happens to fit nicely with the fall curriculum at Leschi, which is focused on Plant Growth!
But before I continue, I would be amiss if I did not mention the enormous work provided by the T mobile volunteers and a small but effective group of parents (parents Kamala Jain, Ben Demar, Rob Ward, Andrea (Jasper’s mom)) who participated in a work party prior to Labor Day. Because of this, our garden is getting closer to being ready for planting. Additionally, incredible and artistic parent Helen Shor Wong (Marigold’s mom – apparently we are doubles) will work with Julia Anders (art teacher at Leschi) to beautify our garden with of course help from our student population.
Now to the present…between the work party and now, Jean and Kim have been hard at work getting funding for gardening supplies (e.g., trowels, gloves, rakes, etc!) Kim has already posted four different entries on Donors Choose, approached area hardware/gardening stores for donations and will later approach the PTA for any funding that hasn’t been received by mid-Sep.
To get one of our raised beds started, our wonderful Iranian neighbor Anise has planted some starters which include: tomatoes, peppers, and cabbage. And during the T-mobile/Huddle Up day in late July, volunteers transplanted some of the squash from the garden outside CDSA. Finally, we transplanted some leeks from room 211’s burlap bag gardens. So we have a head start.
We also realized that the squash growing in the raised garden beds near CDSA is doing some awesome filtering work and has filtered out some not so desirable soil content. Parent Eric Von Der Geist (Owen’s dad) will test the soil in three different stages to figure out what we are dealing with. In the mean time, don’t let those kiddos play in the dirt or eat the squash! We will harvest the squash once they get bigger (probably late Sep), pass them out to teachers who are interested and request they use for ornamental purposes only. The plan also includes organizing a work party to pull out the dead squash foliage and freshen up the soil to create a healthier substrate for future planting. In the interim, the kids will use the lovely burlap bags located in the front of the school near the raised garden beds for student learning and gardening.
If you have a moment and haven’t seen our new garden in front of the school, please swing by. We are still trying to get our supplies together, including art to spice up the look of the garden, so don’t expect too much action until then.
We welcome any comments re: the garden and certainly any muscle power (but will announce when we need that muscle power through the Leschi PTA listserv). It is because of Leschi’s wonderful caregiver, student and teaching community that I have embraced this project wholeheartedly.