Our milk carton repurposing project has really taken off. Teachers and students have been diligent in collecting and cleaning milk cartons, effectively diverting a significant amount of waste from landfill. Ms. Markarian and Ms. Lewis’ classes have been particularly enthusiastic, coming to the garden every Wednesday to transplant seedlings into their milk carton pots. These seedlings were a hit at the Jubilee, allowing students to raise nearly $200 for their school.
Weeds have been a long standing problem at the garden, the most prolific of which are palm tree seedlings. The palm trees that line the Sunset Blvd side of the garden constantly rain seeds on the garden, and they are… very fertile. Constantly pulling out these weeds had us pulling out our hair, until Mr. Wurmfeld had the brilliant idea of transplanting them in order to be sold as Sunset Boulevard Palm Tree Seedlings! We’ve come to think of the seedlings as gifts instead of a scourge.
Mr. Wurmfeld and I have made nutrition a regular part of our lesson plans. We’ve devised activities designed to familiarize the students with the food groups, the definition of a balanced diet, and the difference between whole foods and processed foods.
We’ve been thankful for the willingness of all our visitors to get their hands dirty and help keep the garden healthy. By helping out, the students have learned valuable gardening skills.