Incarnation has had two wonderful women, Lesley Allen and Lois McLane, from the Town N Country Garden Circle volunteer to help us with our garden. Our garden was neglected during the Christmas vacation and badly needed weeding. We decided that was where they would start to help us. We also had an eager group of garden workers waiting to work in the grade 2 classroom.
We put on our garden gloves and went to work. It took an hour, but under the guidance of Ms. Allen and Ms. McLane, the students completed the task of weeding the lower level of the garden. They also got to watch Mr. Arnold unload 20 bags of mulch to be used to cover sections of the garden so the weeds do not come back. Students were asked to bring in newspapers from home to help control the weeds in the garden. Newspaper is placed down first and the mulch spread on top of it. This forms a barrier so the weeds do not get sunlight and are unable to grow.
The lower half of the garden will become the butterfly garden. Ms. Allen and Ms. McLane brought some plants to start this section of the garden. They also brought cuttings of other plants. These were left in the grade 2 classroom for the students to keep watered and so the students could watch the roots grow. The grade 2 students will plant them in the garden in a few weeks.
The students contributed banana peels and apple cores to the compost pile and watched in amazement as Ms. Allen dumped a large bag of coffee grounds into the compost bin. She regularly collects coffee grounds from local coffee shops. It makes a fertile addition to the compost pile.
We would like to thank them for their help and look forward to the development of the butterfly garden this spring.