November 2011


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An exciting morning at the Rona Revy today!  With the wishlist in hand for equipment for the Garibaldi Garden, I headed to Revy early this morning.  With the generous donation from Alfonso’s family and the support of the manager at Revy (contractor’s rate), we were able to get 4 shovels, 3 rakes, 5 trowels, 2 bulb planters, the “for adults only” garden shears AND two brushes / dustpan sets to keep the dirt outside (especially for Mr. Scott).  Christmas has come to Garibaldi!  Thanks again.

We have had many donations of leaves to compost and use as mulch in the Garibaldi Garden.  Thanks.  Much appreciated if you leave the leaves behind and take the bags to transport them behind.  My trusty garden buddies quickly abandon me when left to such mucky tasks!

The Garibaldi Garden has about 25-35 pumpkins buried in the soil. They are being transformed into dark, rich humus. We will have very healthy soil. Early in the morning this week, Ms. Lo spotted a fat, healthy coyote in the garden. Why was he there? Why did he have a beautiful, shiny coat of fur?

  • Last year we were the proud recipients of a Small Neighbourhood Grant of $400.00. Students selected part of the garden that they were interested in learning about and started an observational study. This was followed up with research and the process of drafting, editing and proofreading their work. The goal was to create signs to facilitate Garibaldi Garden Tours. Our Gr. 4 students, Javin, Michael and Jayson took a leadership role in planning the signs that would be required.  We hired a student to publish the signs using photoshop. These signs were completed by the end of June.

The next decision was when the perfect time to unveil the signs would be. We decided that the harvest of the Stone Soup Garden would be a good time. However by then, many of the signs would no longer be accompanied by the plant.

Our latest and greatest plan is to put the signs in the ground for Spring. Then students will be able to read the signs and start giving tours. People in the neighbourhood will also be able to give themselves self directed Garibaldi Garden Tours in the evening.  Take a look through the Garibaldi Garden blog to find the signs created during the 2010-2011 school year.

Jacinda Oldale and Keira McPhee met in the Garibaldi Garden with participants in the Caring Community Project sponsored by Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.  Small dolls were made using calendula from the Garibaldi Garden and stories of compassion were shared.  Part 2 took place in the Garibaldi Library due to the shift in weather.  This project is dedicated to creating a more compassionate neighbourhood for children and fits in beautifully with our school goal of creating a respectful and nurturing school community.

We covered all of the donated pumpkins with leaves and soil so they would decompose right in the ground. The pumpkin seeds will grow into pumpkins next year. We hid the pumpkins in a black composter too and covered them with leaves so pumpkin smashers wouldn’t find them.

Do you know how big the world’s largest pumpkin is? Answer in the comment section.

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