Last year (in 2019), I excitedly looked on as the elementary school four houses down from us built raised beds and planted a garden. Their students have been virtual learning since March 2020, and with each passing week I watched their spring garden grow more and more neglected, wild, and overgrown. In the winter of 2020, I finally gathered enough courage to call the principal to see if I could lend a hand, and he generously agreed to let me plant the raised beds with flowers and beautify their unused space. It took me three days to transform the tangled jungle of tomatoes, amend the soil, and plant all the beds with spring flowers. Here’s how I did it!
It’s been two weeks and all of my transplants are alive and perky with good coloring. I just gave them another drink of compost tea today, which will both feed the plants and improve the soil biology. I can’t wait for this school garden to be blooming once again!