Blessed Sacrament School Garden is Installed


blessed sacrament gardenLast year a small group of parents talked the school principal into allowing us to start a school garden.  We started small with approximately 200 square feet.   This small start created a lot of interest and the school  applied for a grant from Whole Foods.  We were fortunate to get the grant which we used to expand the garden an additional 1000 square feet and we put in infrastructure including a sprinkling system, compost bins, a worm bin, compost material and miscellaneous tools.  My role in the garden has been labor including the lawn tear out, I built the three bin compost system and worm bin and I dug the trenches for the sprinkling system.  One of my good friends is a plumber and he agreed to donate his time to install the valve box, sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads.  Thank you Ken Paxton for your hard work.

beds preppedLast Friday evening we had a garden planting party and the turnout was outstanding.   School staff are commonly skeptical of school gardens, believing they will die off in a couple of years.  With the amount of support and interest in this garden, I am not worried about a lack of commitment moving forward.   The parents and children jumped right into the planting.

garden plantingflower plantingThe kids had fun painting the worm box and installing the worms was a big hit.

worm box paintingThe garden turned out beautiful with straw lined path ways, mounded garden beds, a welcome trellis and a white picket fence.

new sectionnew bedsAnd the sprinkling system works great.

sprinklersLooking forward to possibly having another school garden of the year.   I hear that the Westlake garden has doubled in size and they are ready to defend their title.   I still like our chances.

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About urbancompostsystems

I am a retired law enforcement officer who is an avid gardener. I have a compost bin business named Urban Compost Systems. I believe strongly in the concept of growing healthy food and I utilize chickens and redworms in my "compost system". The only ingredients that I need from outside my system are leaves in the fall and some supplemental grass clippings from neighbors. I make hundreds of gallons of compost in my four bin system. I thoroughly enjoy the summer bounty I get from my yard and I take great pride in knowing that I am using my yardwaste to make healthy compost for my yard.
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One Response to Blessed Sacrament School Garden is Installed

  1. Tom McCoy says:

    Strong Work!

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