Our learning garden at Shorecliffs Middle School has been advancing at a spectacular rate. Going from an old, weedy hill, to a beautiful, blooming retreat for native plants proves how hard work and dedication can create wonderful things. Our amazing staff and student body have been contributing to this project since the very beginning, and without their help we wouldn’t have been able to have this enlightening experience.
Our inventory in the garden ranges from delicious veggies to sweet scented succulents. Because we have succulents that are native to our southern California climate, we use less water and have a significantly less amount of yard waste. Not only are they better on our environment, but they are also a refreshing breath of beauty in our world today.
Because our garden is used for not only its beauty, but for learning possibilities as well, we have put in a whiteboard for teacher’s and student’s use alike. We have also had two columns of benches put in facing the whiteboard for outside lessons. Having classes outside is just one of our many privileges in our garden. We have also issued a grant to be able to sell some of our plants on Del Mar during the Sunday Farmer’s markets.
In our garden we have many devices that are used for eco-friendly purposes. We have a plant decomposer, which uses Mother Nature’s very own little decomposers, worms, to decompose garden waste and produce a new fertilizer. With these items and help from our gardening team, our garden can bloom to its full extent.
Our Garden welcomes helpers with open arms and never turns away from an extra set of hands. We have garden meets every Thursday and Friday during 7th grade lunch, and larger meets on a Saturday about once every month. Feel free to join us, but don’t be surprised if you get a little dirty in the process!