1 May 2013

posted May 1, 2013, 12:47 PM by Andrea Feige   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 10:47 AM by Tish Ivie ]
Happy May Day!

A lot has happened over the past few weeks, so I thought I'd do a brief "catch up" post.

On April 19th, the Gardening Exploratory went to Three Hearts Farm to see what a CSA Farm was like.  The worked inside the greenhouse transplanting basil and tomatoes.  They also worked outside, planting onions.  Dean (the farm owner) and Dylan (the farm manager) did a wonderful job encouraging the students to learn about the farm in a hands on way.  Here are some photos to highlight the day:

 
 
 
 
Gardeners work alongside Dean and Dylan.   Working on transplanting in the greenhouse.     6th graders approve of the baby plants.  7th graders approve of gardening field trips!


Then, last Friday, one member of the Gardening Exploratory stayed after school and helped set up 3 hoop houses for our raised beds.
   

 
 
 
 

 The skeleton structure.  Schedule 40 PVC held into the raised beds with pipe strapping. This is only going to be a temporary cover, but it is 30 mil plastic sheeting sealed on the sides with clamps. A most excellent gardener helping us set these up outside of school time!  Thanks! The final product.  We have 3 of the raised beds covered with the plastic and one left open. 


We learned the hard way that the 30 mile isn't a strong enough plastic, so if you have row cover or a thicker plastic that you'd be willing to donate, we would love to receive it!  The width of the plastic should be about 12'x 20'

Finally, we added up the total amount of cafeteria scraps composted in the month of April.  With only 14 days of collecting throughout, we collected 137 pounds of compostable material.  If you have spare hay or "brown" material that we could compost, we would love to receive it!  The long term goal is to be able to use the compost in our own garden AND to sell it back to the community as a way to continue to fund the gardening program.

April was a big month and May proves to be an even busier month.

Best,
Gardening Exploratory
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