The Best of the Roots!

Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Northwest Member Lauren McKenna

@ Willow Creek 12/5/2012

Armenian Blackberry roots, that is!

Rachel Carson students were met with sunshine at Willow Creek, which probably helped keep people motivated.  While we tried to keep a tally, the number of roots was more like 50-ish + 40-ish + 104 exactly + 37….. that is a lot of roots anyhow!  Removing the entire blackberry root will help keep it from growing back.  Nicole (SOLVE) dug up 47 alone!

Students also learn some plant ID techniques.  The 8th grades knew what was up, and let the other students guess what plants were what.  There were also some absolutely fabulous artists in the group who drew their favorite plants….

Student drawing: Snowberry!

Student drawing: Snowberry!

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The lovely (and seasonally appropriate!) Snowberry….

Student drawing: Red Alder!

Student drawing: Red Alder!

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And our trustworthy “pioneer species” that fixes nitrogen in the soil into a more usable form, Red Alder!

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Thank you AGAIN, Rachel Carson.  You rock!

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