Madelynn Arnold, Melissa Blue, and LB Townsend, Co-Chairs

Welcome to the FTE Garden!: News from the Garden Gate

Our garden is thriving right now!  We're so happy that many families visited our garden this summer and have expressed interest in the garden so we'd like to share the story of how this garden grew.

Before school ended last year, families signed up for a week to care for the garden.  They helped pull the spent spring veggies, sowed black eyed peas and mulched all beds below the rock wall. Peas fix nitrogen in the soil.  They're a good crop to grow between growing seasons to naturally recharge the soil.  We left the zinnias and herbs, planted by Kinder, 1st and 5th in Spring, for pollinators and seed harvesting.  The irrigation system was fixed early in summer and watered three times per week, Volunteers watered twice/week.  There was a timely boost of rain mid-August.  The results are amazing and inspiring as to what our garden can produce when we work together!  We've had a bumper crop of black eyed peas and the zinnias, now over five feet tall, have provided nectar for many visiting butterflies.

Bravo! to our summer garden volunteers and their families!  
Joanna Wang
Gayathri Masilamani
Zinmaio Zhao 
Jennifer Laessig
Julie Lass
Shannon Fohn
Jackie Van Meter

We're currently planning fall gardens for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.  We'll be in touch with lead teachers, grade reps and classroom garden volunteers next week.  Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades will garden in the Spring.  Thank you parents and Booster Club for your support of garden education at FTE!