Hello Grove Families! Let me start off my saying what a blast I have been having with your kiddos in Strands. We have started such a wonderful adventure together. We are learning and growing every day! I wanted to update everyone on the progress that we have been making in the green house, garden and compost bin at the Grove. One of my first tasks as the new Strands teacher was getting the Green House organized and ready to go. With lots of help from my “mini gardeners” we have accomplished that and so much more. We began planting seeds in the greenhouse on January 16th. We have been monitoring our seedlings every week and watering them every day. We have also been busy getting our compost bin in order. Our compost bin needs various levels of vegetation that are rich in Carbon and Nitrogen, along with layers of organic garden soil. Items that are rich in Carbon include: Straw, newspaper, corn cob/husks, leaves, and shrub prunings. Items that are rich in Nitrogen include: Fruit/veggie scraps, coffee grounds, tea grounds, and lawn/garden weeds. We do not add any items that have dairy or starches such as cheese and pasta however. Below you can also track the progress that we have made on our compost pile! If you would like to contribute to the school’s compost bin please contact me. I would like to get it full soon! We have also added organic potting soil to our garden boxes to get them ready for spring planting. I would like to stress that everything that we use in the garden is certified 100% organic. From the seeds we use to the soil in which they grow. It is very important to me that we grow and encourage organic gardening at the Grove. Again, it has been such a pleasure teaching all of your bright and gifted children in Strands. I look forward to meeting new faces that I have not had the opportunity to meet yet soon!