A group of National Honor Society students from Columbus High School cleaned up a pollinator garden after school recently as part of an event sponsored by Keep Columbus Beautiful.
The event, which was originally slated to take place on Earth Day, was postponed after cold and wet conditions made spring maintenance of the garden difficult. It was rescheduled for May 10, and this time the weather cooperated, with no rain to be seen.
"I looked at the forecast and the school calendar to see what coincided together and decided it was now or never," KCB Executive Director Vanessa Oceguera said.
The students pulled out weeds from the garden, then mulched the area in order to prevent invasive weeds from returning in future years. No insecticides were used, a necessary measure for the survival of the garden.
This is the second year for the pollinator garden. Last year, seedlings had been planted in the garden, from which bees will soon feed off the many colorful plants for pollen. At the moment, it's a very young garden that has yet to reach its full potential.
"We have yet to see the potential of the garden because it's less than a year old," Oceguera said. "Last year, it was just dirt and really small seedlings."