Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer in the Skyview Harmony Garden

Summer temperatures are rising and North Texas gardens are feeling the heat. Luckily, our school garden is surviving. Thanks to a thick layer of mulch donated by Lindsey's Tree Service and hauled in by our community volunteers, our garden beds are doing well. For those of you who would like to spend some time in the garden, Sarah Greenman is working in the garden every Saturday from 8:30-9:30am. Feel free to show up to work a bit, water the plants or just enjoy a shady bench and go home with some fresh Basil!

And just a reminder that our next community work party will take place on Saturday, August 20th from 9-10:30am. Skyview PTA will provide snacks and cold beverages to all volunteers! Sign up HERE or check out our event page on Facebook.

For our teachers looking to prepare for the 2016-17 school year in the garden, here are some great teacher training opportunities between now and the beginning of the school year:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 
9 am – 12 pm
Learn how to view the life-cycle of lepidoptera in your classroom and 
how to start a school butterfly garden! (Lucky - you already have one!) $15

Saturday, August 20, 2016 
10am - noon 
$50--includes a worm bin, complete with worms (for your classroom and use in the garden)
 Teacher: Heather Rinaldi, Founder of Texas Worm Ranch 
 Where: Texas Worm Ranch, 2636 National Circle, Garland, TX 75401

And teachers - if you'd like to join Sarah Greenman (Harmony Garden Chair & Skyview PTA President) and Samantha Zentner (Skyview Harmony Garden Teaching Assistant) for the August 8th teacher training listed below, please sign up or contact Sarah at skyviewgarden(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here are some photos from the garden this weekend!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

July Work Party Success

Thank you to everyone who attended the Harmony Garden work party today! Community partners, Town Creek neighbors, Skyview families and staff - all were present for our down and dirty work party. We so appreciate your time and effort! And a big thank you to Lindsey's Tree Service for the truck load of mulch!

Today, we cleaned out the raised beds, put a light layer of compost over the plants, and then mulched the daylights out of everything. It's so important in this hot and wicked weather to keep the soil safe and moist. We didn't quite finish moving the mulch into the garden, so we're having a follow up work part next Saturday, July 9th from 8:30am - 10:00am. Please join us if you're interested! Here are some photos from this morning.