Squirrely Garden Gets a Grant!

Squirrely Garden is the garden at Baby’s amazing Forest School. And I am the CEO of Squirrely Garden (best title ever). As an (unpaid) CEO I think up many duties for myself such as the obvious (weeding, digging, wheelbarrowing) but also documenting the garden’s progress with photos and emailing the school with garden to-do’s.ย  I also designed the layout of the garden when we first dug the plots back in May. When the school wanted to apply for a grant from Gateway Greening, I helped them fill out the application and when it was time to tour the folks from GG with the school owners, I wore a baseball hat that says “Plays in the Dirt”. Clearly I take my CEO duties very seriously. Well, we cinched the deal and got the grant! The install date was today and Squirrely Garden gained four raised beds, six cubic yards of dirt, a slew of garden tools for little hands and the piece de resistance…(I’ll let that one be a surprise for the end of this post)…

A great turnout for the installation of the raised beds!

A great turnout for the installation of the raised beds!

Baby and her friend checking out the action

Baby and her friend checking out the action

Baby taking a break on the death-trap concrete slide soon-to-be ice luge

Baby taking a break on the death-trap concrete slide soon-to-be ice luge

Woo! Dirt Delivery!

Woo! Dirt Delivery!

Weeeee!

Weeeee!

In addition to installing the raised beds, we also edged some of the existing plots and moved some plants and harvested green tomatoes and lots of herbs.

Dock, sans leaves

Dock, sans leaves

Moving lemon grass

Moving lemon grass

Three big lemon grass plants were moved out of the garden down to the playground area. Lemon grass is a natural mosquito repellant.

Many helpers...

Many helpers…

Lots of dirt to move

Lots of dirt to move

The chef composts everything. This is a method for getting air throughout the pile of green manure.

The chef composts everything. This is a method for getting air throughout the pile of green manure.

Move over Richard Serra, Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer.

Move over Richard Serra, Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer.

Squirrely Garden 9.20.14

Squirrely Garden 9.20.14

What's that?

What’s that?

A little garden snake! (I think it is a juvenile black rat snake)

A little garden snake! (I think it is a juvenile black rat snake)

All the kids got to check it out.

All the kids got to check it out.

Weeding

Weeding..and what’s that in the background…leaning on the fence…?

The piece de resistance…

Check out the shiny new sign!

Check out the shiny new sign!

Thanks Gateway Greening!

Thanks Gateway Greening!

12 thoughts on “Squirrely Garden Gets a Grant!

  1. Pingback: Pumpkins and Reruns | Spy Garden

  2. narf77

    AWESOME! Future gardeners of the world unite :) Love it! By the way, if hibiscus will grow in your garden and take the frost, that euc certainly will. You will have to plant it closer to a copse of trees or to the house if you are worried about it as you won’t be able to contain it to a pot for long ;) (forgot to mention this in the last posts comment). If you guys can grow lemongrass in your area you can certainly grow eucalyptus. They are incredibly hardy.

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      The hibiscus won’t survive and also need to be brought in for the winter (hello, basement gardening!) Hmmm so the lemongrass may not come back either. Last winter it was -9 (farenheit) for a week (on several occasions) so I’m not going to chance it because I really am so attached to that euc (plus it will make the house smell nice!) I’m going to get a really REALLY big pot. haha

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      1. narf77

        LOL Might have to make that euc it’s own atrium methinks, then it can overwinter with the hibiscus and the lemongrass…”SMOOCHIE!” ;)

  3. puppiesinparadise

    Congrats on getting the grant!!!! The garden is looking amazing. I am impressed on how many volunteers are working in the garden. It looks like an excellent turn out. Keep up the good work Mrs. CEO!!!

    Your own garden looks fabulous. I can’t believe how huge those pumpkins are in the picture. You out did yourselves this year.
    Honey

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