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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Falling in Love with a Garden

I hope everyone is having a lovely Valentine’s Day! 

This morning was the first day I had been to the Sanderlin garden since helping to dig it out and refill it with delicious mulch, logs, more mulch, fish and shrimp, more mulch, and finally a layer of the kind of good rich soil that is hard to find here in Florida.  And the soil will only get better from here on out as we continue to pump rich organic matter into it!  It has really come into its own as Kate did a wonderful job photo-documenting (please see the last post for the beautiful pictures) and now we have plants in the ground! 
For our first class of the year, Brad, Nate, and I were sprung with a double-class of sixth graders.  I was a bit nervous about this as last semester I had only worked with kindergardeners and 1st graders, but I quickly overcame my trepidation when the class poured out into the garden just bubbling with excitement and curiosity.  We welcomed them to the garden and had them in a big ring all the way around the garden as we introduced ourselves and the project. 
Next was our modified garden-knowledge red-light-green-light game which was over faster than expected due to how much many of the kids already know about gardening and plants.  This opened up plenty of time for us to split into three groups and wander through the garden, conversing about what plants were what, which were our favorites, and what we wanted to see in the future.  
So, for Valentine’s Day I got to fall in love all over again with a gorgeous new garden and an inspired new class!  It’s going to be a great year. 

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