Back to School

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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.

Mr. Lepine imparting pearls of wisdom to his adoring class

Mr. Lepine imparting pearls of wisdom to his adoring class

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.

How ya like me now sez Megan and Taylor

How ya like me now sez Megan and Taylor

Seems like our greenhouse experiment (putting each tray in a plastic bag) and deeper watering did the trick.

Hands off my babies, protective papa Alex

Hands off my babies, protective papa Alex

Silver bush Lupines are among the early success stories.

Silver bush Lupines are among the early success stories.

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.

What's so damn funny, this place is a mess!

What’s so damn funny, get to work!

Enough terra cotta pots to build a new Chinese army, soil, trays and other miscellany.  Drag it all out…

Gee that looks helpful

Gee that looks helpful

Damn that's tidy

Damn that’s tidy

Then put it back in… neatly of course.

Danielle has a big future in pot stacking

Danielle has a big future in pot stacking

We have a strict dress code for greenhouse work.

We have a strict dress code for greenhouse work.

 
Trays' new home

Trays’ new home

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.

Mayte and Maria's magic fingers sort the ceanothus

Mayte and Maria’s magic fingers sort the ceanothus

What would the world look like if you were a seed...

What would the world look like if you were a seed…

And assembling our “greenhouse” covers for the peat pot trays.  We might be overdoing it on the greenhouse effect.

Hannah assembles our low-budget greenhouses

Hannah assembles our low-budget greenhouses

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.

Let the big dude deal with rocky soil...

We shall supervise while the big dude digs

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.

Canyon and Lily lead the assault

Canyon and Lily knee-deep

Chickweed, curly dock, clover, non-native grasses, were all slain without mercy by the undaunted crew.

Derek does not stand for weeds, literally.

Derek does not stand for weeds, literally.

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.

The last of the coyote brush seeds

The last of the coyote brush seeds

What a great group.  I believe the children are our future.  Teach them well and let them lead the way.  Etcetera.

This is not what I saw when I stepped out of my 12th grade science classroom.  Lucky brats.

This is not what I saw when I stepped out of my 12th grade science classroom. Lucky brats.

No comment necessary, thank you Alex.

No comment necessary, thank you Alex.

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One Response to Back to School

  1. chuck says:

    Pretty cool class. Looks like they were having a good time! Nice.

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