This is our grow heap, a compost pile.  In the file we added the garden waste, leaves and grass clippings to the pile which is surrounded by four straw bales.  The teachers also gave us about 10 pumpkins they had in their classrooms.  We watched them decompose all winter and the spring we had tons of pumpkin volunteers.  We thinned them out to just a few pumpkin vines.  A great way to grow pumpkins and make compost!

This is our grow heap, a compost pile. In the file we added the garden waste, leaves and grass clippings to the pile which is surrounded by four straw bales. The teachers also gave us about 10 pumpkins they had in their classrooms. We watched them decompose all winter and the spring we had tons of pumpkin volunteers. We thinned them out to just a few pumpkin vines. A great way to grow pumpkins and make compost!

A pumpkin volunteer in our grow heap.

A pumpkin volunteer in our grow heap.

This potato plant volunteered in the compost pile.  We dug up the little potatoes.

This potato plant volunteered in the compost pile. We dug up the little potatoes.

First Peas to the Table - Fun to read to the second graders when they are growing spring peas.  It mentions Thomas Jefferson too.

First Peas to the Table - Fun to read to the second graders when they are growing spring peas. It mentions Thomas Jefferson too.

The Butterfly Garden at the school entrance - a sunflower volunteer from last winter's bird feeder.

The Butterfly Garden at the school entrance - a sunflower volunteer from last winter's bird feeder.

The Owl is Back! The eastern screech owl that sits in the dead tree on the edge of the upper blacktop has returned. It has been there each winter (or an owl) for six years. It is just roosting - hanging out. It will leave around May 1 for a deciduous tree in the area once the trees have leafed out and to nest. It is back now because that tree has a nice hole located among evergreen cedars - classic eastern screech owl habitat. If you walk up the steps, head to the back fence and to the left.

The Owl is Back! The eastern screech owl that sits in the dead tree on the edge of the upper blacktop has returned. It has been there each winter (or an owl) for six years. It is just roosting - hanging out. It will leave around May 1 for a deciduous tree in the area once the trees have leafed out and to nest. It is back now because that tree has a nice hole located among evergreen cedars - classic eastern screech owl habitat. If you walk up the steps, head to the back fence and to the left.

The 3 sisters in mid-July with one of the 2nd graders that planted them. At our school we plant Glass Gem Indian Corn (heirloom), Speckled Red Lima Beans, and winter squash or pumpkins.

The 3 sisters in mid-July with one of the 2nd graders that planted them. At our school we plant Glass Gem Indian Corn (heirloom), Speckled Red Lima Beans, and winter squash or pumpkins.

A bluebird living in our courtyard garden this winter.

A bluebird living in our courtyard garden this winter.

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