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.

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 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.

Our purple Martin teenagers. They have left now and will head to the Amazon basin in South America for the winter returning next April probably to our garden.

Our purple Martin teenagers. They have left now and will head to the Amazon basin in South America for the winter returning next April probably to our garden.

Tree Swallow Range Map - Our Tree Swallows nested in Lynchburg (brown) and will soon be migrating to their winter homes in FL, Cuba and Central America (blue) returning in April to our garden.

Tree Swallow Range Map - Our Tree Swallows nested in Lynchburg (brown) and will soon be migrating to their winter homes in FL, Cuba and Central America (blue) returning in April to our garden.

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