DIY Bat Houses If you read my last post you may be wondering how to make a bat house, or you may not have read any of my posts before, regardless, this is a guide for anybody to use to attract and house bats in their garden, meadow, or even a townhouse yard. Above: An…

Its Easy as 1,2,3…

When we first started our final projects I wanted to make a sign for the DOT Garden that said“Welcome to the Garden”. It was all set in stone.. well almost, I found out later that a sign wouldn’t be “scientific enough”. As I was devastated that I would be able to showcase my artistic ability…

Ollas from East Central Ministries

If you are searching for ollas in the Albuquerque area, East Central Ministries provides beautiful ollas in a variety of shapes and sizes. The Desert Oasis Teaching Garden is looking into olla irrigation, and we are testing the process with a small raised bed. I drove to East Central Ministries to purchase 9 ollas for…

Batty About Bat Houses

For my final project I decided to add some bat houses to the Desert Oasis Garden. I got the bat houses from another teacher who had his students build them last year. I will explain how you exactly build them in another blog. So you’re probably wondering how you build a bat house. The process…

How To Make An Olla

This tutorial provides instruction on building your very own ollas. It takes time and practice to perfect the skill, but eventually you will produce a beautiful, functional olla. These instructions are for a medium sized olla. The building time is about 3-5 hours. The drying and firing process takes several days. You will need: A bag…

Process for the DOT Garden Food Web

My final project is the creation of both a physical and digital food web that educates people about the many different organisms in and around the DOT Garden. Physical Component: The physical component of my project will be the creation of two 2 x 3 ft posters that will combine to create one large 4 x…

The Energy Pyramid and Trophic Cascades

The Energy Pyramid When talking about the food chain, it is important to recognize the relative abundance of each of the trophic levels. Producers take their energy straight from the sun, and produce sugars that let them grow and make food for primary consumers. However, there is a large difference between the energy put into…