SCOUTS DO THE JOB WELL
This has been a busy weekend in the garden! I recently got a call from Charlotte Savage asking if there was some project she could work on at the garden. Charlotte is a Senior this year in Garland and will go off to college in the fall to become a cyber security expert. She is working to attain Eagle Scout rank which is not an easy accomplishment. To attain the Eagle rank, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, fulfill leadership roles and display outdoor skills, demonstrate by example the Scout Oath and Law, and complete a comprehensive service project in the community.
We have a spiral herb garden that is in need of serious repair so I suggested that Charlotte come help me work on that. I don't know all the rules for a "comprehensive service project in the community" but Charlotte was aware of these rules and for several reasons, helping to repair our spiral herb garden doesn't qualify. However, Charlotte came down anyway on Saturday to help me out. Judging from what Charlotte demonstrated on Saturday, I'm certain she will attain the rank of Eagle Scout even though, since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. Becoming an Eagle Scout offers many benefits. For example, Eagle Scouts are eligible for many scholarships. Unigo, a network for future college students, offers a list of Eagle Scout Only Scholarships.
We had fun figuring out how to repair the spiral garden and together we came up with a great solution: concrete blocks for the main part of the wall that was broken and stones that we will set in concrete when we have warmer sunny weather. The stones will cover up gaps and enhance the appearance of the spiral.
One thing is certain! This project would not have been half as fun without the cheerful addition of a scout like Charlotte.
About Spiral Herb Gardens
An herb spiral is a raised garden built in the shape of a spiral. It’s taller in the middle and circles down to ground level. It can be made from a variety of materials like stone or wood, and offers different growing conditions within the same bed. Herb spirals are popular in permaculture design. The raised shape of a spiral herb garden also means there are areas of the bed that receive full sun and areas that are a little more shaded. This mix of microclimates means you can grow both sun-loving and shade-tolerant herbs in a single garden. Basil and oregano are suited for full sun, while cilantro and parsley can grow in less light.
NOTE: IF YOU KNOW OF A COMMUNITY PROJECT THAT MIGHT QUALIFY FOR AN EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT, PLEASE TEXT ME AT 972-571-4497 and I'll pass that information along to Charlotte.