Ralph E. Hawes Elementary in Huntington Beach, CA. We posted a small entry on this school on Feb, 13th of this year, click here to see it. We have some updated photos on this school, as well as an interesting story! This school had a few “bumps in the road” during the process of getting their Woolly School Garden created, and we wanted to share this one little “bump” with you.
As stated from the garden rep, “The garden is in an atrium/quad area it gets a great deal of sun, but not a lot of wind. After the fourth grade students placed the organic soil into the pockets (they were studying an ecosystem unit) we started to notice there was a very pungent smell emanating from the pockets. Since the garden is in the lunch area, many of the students and some of the adults were curious (ie: some students would hold their noses as they walked past saying, ” what is that smell?”) about the fragrance. It turns out after consulting with the soil company that this is normal due to the fact that some of the bags of soil sit at the stores for an extended period of time, and the odor did dissipate after a few days due to the microbes beginning to break down. In fact after about two weeks the smell had vanished, but it did invite a lot of discussion about how plants grow and even prompted one parent, Sharilyn Thomas, to write a song (copyrighted) that she shared with the entire student body. One of the students was heard saying while walking by the garden, “My mom would eat vegetables that smell like that!”.”