b'B U R P E EGA R D E N U P DAT EE ven when the campus wasof life. Along with the gophers and deer, void of students this summer,there are hummingbirds, butterflies, na-the garden and orchard stilltive Arizona honey bees, and even an flourished. My summer days consistedowl or two. The soil is happy, so the of early morning watering and afternoonplants are happy, so the animals are picking. Plums, peaches, pears, apples,happy. There have been lots of beans and apricots flooded the trees this year.ready this fall along with watermelons, Theres a race to beat the scavengers,cucumbers, tomatillos, okra, zinnias, but not to harvest too early. Yes, thesunflowers, and a variety of herbs. birds and insects need to eat; however,The greenhouse in Mosher has trays trees full of fruit leave a picker dazedof garlic drying out, along with White with ideas, and running off any interest- Sonoran Wheat, a native grain to the ed onlookers, knowing theyve alreadySouthwest. We saved quite a bit for this eaten their share. After a few hours, withfall, others have been gifted to staff and buckets full and cheeks red, mason jarsfaculty. The wheat will be used in an af-fill the counters ready to preserve theter-school activity to connect the stu-abundance. My summer weekend gath- dents to the seeds that fuel them every erings consisted of jam, donuts, andday. Maybe a tortilla filled with fresh peach & mint spritzers. Squeezing thevegetables and cilantro from the gar-fruit into any dish, indulging before theden? trees were bare again. Although the stu- Down the hall from the greenhouse dents were not here to enjoy the pick- is a makeshift seed room that began a ings in real-time in the summer, therefew years back with the previous gar-has been lots of frozen fruit for after- dener, Jennie Wolfe. A lot of the gar-school activities this fall, and new gar- dens plants come from seeds that Jen-den ideas for next summer. The orchardnie and the students collected from will need to be pruned and tendedprevious harvests, including carrots that throughout the school year, leaving stu- are growing in the same spots where dents during their chore periods dream- they were during the Great Depression. ing of what their hard work will create (orThese carrots arent always the shape of Friday). you might imagine from a grocery store. Now that the students are back, whenTheyre funky and an Orme special, al-we get to the garden early enough theways a surprise when picking one from sun isnt as brutal and we join in on thethe soil. This year the garden has car-cardoon honey bee parties. Cardoonsrots in every corner, ready to fill salads are related to thistles and artichokes.and dinner plates. There is such an They create a vibrant purple flowerabundance that we may have enough where you can watch dozens of beesseeds to share with Alumni, so you can celebrating their pollen discovery. Wehave a piece of Orme no matter what also catch sight of deer or hear gopherscorner of the world you reside in!scurry away. Its an ongoing battle tryingWishing you wonderful fall days and to deter these critters and has been con- luck with your own home gardens. suming my thoughts and conversationsEmail me with any questions you may with anyone who will listen. They do nothave, or tips youve gathered over the demolish the garden, but you can seeyears.signs of their damage every morning. Theyve been munching on baby beansAlivia Zimmermanand squash vines. Although a hassle, theGardener & Sustainability Educatorgarden is an ecosystem serving all levelsazimmerman@ormeschool.org39'