Fall Planting at Pinole’s Native Plant Garden

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For over a month, Pinole Earth Team has been excited to begin installation of a native plant garden adjacent to Pinole Creek. We spent one Saturday morning this Fall planting 15 new native plants including California White Sage, California Sagebrush, Yarrow, and Deergrass. Native plants such as these are important for a variety of bee, bird, and butterfly populations.

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For several interns, it was their first time gardening and they all expressed how much fun they had that morning. While some planted, others worked on equally important tasks that come with maintaining a garden–removing invasive plants. We tackled trailing Ivy plants and thorny Himalayan Blackberry shrubs that were beginning to creep up the slope towards our garden site. Next semester we plan to continue planting more native plants and hope to increase community engagement with Pinole Creek’s watershed.

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Pinole Earth Team is grateful to the members of the Pinole Valley Community Church who have allowed us to install our garden on their property. Collaborations such as this one are monumentally important to maintaining and restoring native habitats in local watersheds. Stay tuned for great things to come next semester with Pinole Earth Team!

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