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My middle schoolers here in Arizona are undertaking a big project~ a schoolyard garden. The garden, which they have named, "The Secret Garden" is in the planning stages. We have some mesquite trees and benches, and a pretty white arch at the entry, but not much else. The kids are learning about native plants, pollinators, and water harvesting. They have recently expressed interest in planting a vegetable garden. They would like to donate the produce to the local food bank. I think this is a great idea!
In addition to the garden, we are building bat houses, bird houses, and hummingbird feeders. It is a huge undertaking, but the kids are so into it. And it is something the entire school, and our community, can benefit from.
If anyone has advice, stories, hints, or tidbits they would like to share, I would love to hear what you have to say. I am particularly interested in the water barrel idea.

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Comment by Alicia Mohler on August 24, 2009 at 11:11pm
We are now in phase one of our Garden Project. The kids have researched native plants and pollinators. I have recruited the fourth grade teacher and our principal and special education teacher to help out. We are working on our bat houses and bird houses. Hopefully these will be completed in the next couple of weeks and we can start planting. Right now, in AZ, it is still so hot (110) that I am afraid our plants won't do well. So, we are going to wait a couple more weeks before getting the plants in the ground.
I am hoping to gather the help of some parents to make some rain barrels. We have such a lack of water here, and water harvesting is the only way to go! :)

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