What a fun time the 5th grade gardeners and I had this week planting this vertical garden of live color outside the Multipurpose Room on the Sycamore Valley Elementary school campus.
The smiles on the kids faces were priceless as they wrapped up their pansies and climbing jenny into these black felt squares that we laughingly called “black diapers.”
The felt holds the roots securely together and holds in moisture when the plant is tucked into it’s pouch on the vertical wall.
The kids tucked their plants into the 48 felt pouches on the wall and learned how to water them with hose using the “shower” setting on the nozzle. Each pouch needs a drink to the count of of 3. All members of the club will take turns watering the living wall as well as the Earthboxes according to a schedule set up by Mrs. Lawrence, our 4-5th grade science teacher and my partner on this wonderful project.
As we hung the living wall units, we realized we can also water the Earthboxes with the water that drips out of the bottom row of pouches. This is an excellent lesson of water conservation which Mrs. Lawrence and I will discuss next week!
Along with planting our vertical garden, the kids also fed the worms in the Worm Cafe with their apple cores and banana peels from lunch and checked on their radishes and spinach growing in the Earthboxes. The green radish tops are in full view, but the spinach is not quite as far along. Just a few sprigs of green have poked their heads through the soil so far.
A big shout out to Plants on Walls (www.plantsonwalls.com) in San Francisco for their generous support with our Living Wall project.