I want to begin this newsletter with a special THANK YOU to all of the families who came out to the workdays at Green Apple Lower and Manzanitas this past Saturday. Green Apple Lower families tackled buckthorn removal with a flourish, built raised beds and a wacky new strawberry tower, and moved a lot of compost into our new raised beds there. Manzanitas families braved the drizzle to haul compost, move sand, build planter boxes, a water wall and anything else my crazy I had on my list. Its great to be a part of such a committed community.
In addition to gardening, May is WILDFLOWER month in my book. If you take a walk in the woods, you will see them popping up everywhere.
Canoe and Kayak Auction at Gallup Park Canoe Livery starting at noon.
E-Waste free Recycling at Pioneer High School from 9am-2pm. click here for more info.
Activity: Go on a wildflower walk. I have attached a small key of common native wildflowers you will see in your neighborhood woods. Remember to slow down and let your child lead. You might see something new yourself! When walking in the woods, remember to stay on the trail and keep your pets on a lease. If you are interested in learning more about native plants, Natural Area Preservation (NAP) has a great list of native plants with identification information.
Fun Fact: Many native plants have been used historically for medicinal purposes. Bloodroot is named for the bright red sap that found in its root and stems. While the root is poisonous, Native Americans brewed a tea from it to relieve stomach cramps and heal burns.
Have a wonderful Spring,
Environmental Ed & Projects Coordinator