Garden Update: Plastic Bottles an Egg Cartons Put to Work

It is a nice sunny day in Pacifica and Oceana’s garden advisory has been working hard on their new project with plastic bottles and egg cartons.  Last month, the garden advisory did an egg carton and bottle collection contest.  After the contest was over, a lot of bottles and egg cartons were collected and are now currently being put to good use in the garden.  The plastic bottles are being used as tiny greenhouses.  The bottle is cut in half and it covers the top part of the plant to keep birds and insects from harming it.

"Tents" made by the planting group to help the plants grow since they are getting too big in the plastic bottle. Photo courtesy of Bridget Pocasangre
“Tents” made by the planting group to help the plants grow since they are getting too big in the plastic bottle. Photo courtesy of Bridget Pocasangre

The egg cartons are used for two purposes: planting seeds and holding the eggs that are collected from the chickens who live in the garden.  The cartons are filled with soil and the seeds are allowed to sprout in the egg cartons before being transferred to the ground.  The garden currently has nine chickens and about 12 eggs are collected each day. 

Some of the gardens chickens in their cage, posing for a picture to be taken. Photo courtesy of Bridget Pocasangre
Some of the gardens chickens in their cage, enjoying the sunny day. Photo courtesy of Bridget Pocasangre

The garden advisory is divided into four groups.  One is in charge of composting, another is in charge of the chickens, and the other two are in charge of planting.  As the students in the advisory work together, Junior Sage Kinzey feels exited about the garden getting bigger and looking nicer.  “I’m really excited.  Ive been working in the garden since the summer.  I was in an internship over the summer and before the garden used to be all gravel, but now its filled with more plants that are nutrient and rich.”

Junior Arne Jonssen and Junior Mireya Leiva having fun watering plants in the garden. Photo courtesy of Bridget Pocasangre
Junior, Arne Jonssen and Junior, Mireya Leiva having fun watering plants in the garden. Photo courtesy of Bridget Pocasangre

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