Unlike my recent rewatching of the cheesy 80’s Rodney Dangerfield (yes that’s Robert Downey Jr., Burt Young from Rocky and the dork from Christine) movie, this was enjoyable and rewarding. I was back in Mr. Lepine’s Environmental Field Studies Fiesta with the best and the brightest Nordhoff has to offer.
We had a new photographer this time, and I must say she was “Taylor”-made for the task. (Was that pun actually worse than the last one?)
The little urchins were genuinely excited that their wildflowers have been going like gangbusters.
Seems like our greenhouse experiment (putting each tray in a plastic bag) and deeper watering did the trick.
We just need to figure out what to do with them now, the roots will start to outgrow the peat pots quickly.
On to new business. First the abandoned/haunted greenhouse.
Enough terra cotta pots to build a new Chinese army, soil, trays and other miscellany. Drag it all out…
Then put it back in… neatly of course.
Some of the brighter students decided they wanted no part of the 85 degree temperatures outside. Since my fingers are more suited for a pack of Hillshire Farms I assigned seed sorting duties to those more nimble.
And assembling our “greenhouse” covers for the peat pot trays. We might be overdoing it on the greenhouse effect.
We’ve got a few burly fellows so I put them to work digging holes for my gallon-sized pots of wildflowers that I grew at the nursery.
Soil wasn’t very forgiving but Will, Jordan, Joe and Santiago did an award-worthy job.
The rest of the rapscallions had some weed clearing to do.
Chickweed, curly dock, clover, non-native grasses, were all slain without mercy by the undaunted crew.
Finding stuff for 30 sets of hands to do is not easy. The garden has an abundance of seed which Michela was only too happy to pilfer.
What a great group. I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Etcetera.