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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.  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!

Squirrely Garden Sneak Peek

School’s Out! But summer at Forest School is just beginning!

Forest School

Forest School

Dining Hall

Dining Hall

In Uniform (school t-shirt; green, of course!)

In Uniform (school t-shirt; green, of course!)

Forest Finds

Forest Finds

Customized Forest Finds!

Customized Forest Finds!

Tools and Inspiration

Tools and Inspiration

Squirrely Garden, the garden at Baby’s school, is looking great…

Sneak Peek at Squirrely Garden!

Sneak Peek at Squirrely Garden!

Most of the planting is finished, the teachers (and students!) have been working hard! One more dirt delivery and a bit more planting and she’s good to grow!

The plots are numbered, to make "to do" lists easier to communicate. An important feature of a community garden!

The plots are numbered, to make “to do” lists easier to communicate. An important feature of a community garden!

As the Garden CEO, my job will be to take frequent garden walks and communicate necessary garden “to-do’s” so the kids/teachers/parents know what needs to be done! First on the list today was: plant seed potatoes!

Squirrely Squirrel

Squirrely Squirrel

Back at home in Spy Garden…

Things are a little squirrely here too!

Things are a little squirrely here too!

Check out that fur!

Check out that fur!

Orange Squirrel!

Orange Squirrel!

Sneak peek at the new teepee!

Sneak peek at the new teepee!

Toad in Spotlight

Toad in Spotlight

Toad Three-Quarter Profile

Toad Three-Quarter Profile

Pensive Toad

Pensive Toad

Toad Portrait

Toad Portrait

Toad, Snail, Nasturtium Leaf Still Life

Toad, Snail, Nasturtium Leaf Still Life

Hahaha

Squirrely Garden

Squirrely Garden is the garden at Babyzilla’s school. I am the CEO of Squirrely Garden (is that the best title ever?) and today we had some official business there.

Entrance to Squirrely Garden: There will be an arbor connecting these two plots in the foreground.

Entrance to Squirrely Garden: There will be an arbor connecting these two plots in the foreground.

The black garden fabric was placed on the shapes I spray painted onto the grass. Today, we edged around these shapes. Soon there will be a very special dirt delivery and each of the shapes will be covered with lovely mounds of soil. Then we will plant. We are hoping that the roots of the plants will penetrate through the fabric. Should we punch holes in it?

Detail of edging.

Detail of edging.

We didn’t edge all of the plots, but they can be finished even after the dirt is placed. Edging will help keep the dirt in place. Also, it just looks good!

In Squirrely Garden

In Squirrely Garden

Didn't get to edge this one today. This teepee is temporary, the final teepee will be installed soon!

Didn’t get to edge this one today. This teepee is temporary, the final teepee will be installed soon!

Edged by the CEO ;)

Edged by the CEO ;)

The Spy Digging

The Spy Digging

Everyone digging!

Everyone digging!

View from Squirrely Garden, looking down at the playground.

View from Squirrely Garden, looking down at the playground.

The landscapers were also busy today; digging, planting and laying sod.

And taking breaks.

And taking breaks ;)

Looking down at the slope that leads up to Squirrely Garden

Looking down at the slope that leads up to Squirrely Garden

This cool thing is a composter, given to the school by the Missouri Botanical Garden.

This cool thing is a composter, given to the school by the Missouri Botanical Garden.

The landscapers (playscapers!) have created some awesome play structures with all natural materials. It is going to be unbelievable when it is all complete!

A turkey vulture watched us work.

A turkey vulture watched us work.

Squirrely Garden is Awesome!

Squirrely Garden is Awesome!

Dads

Dads

Sons

Sons

What a great day...

What a great day…

In Squirrely Garden!

In Squirrely Garden!