Monday, May 21, 2012

Mid-May Planting a Success

Hello soil lovers.

The garden is looking like an actual garden! Things are growing so well! Especially the potatoes. Still so many things to do, but we got a lot of logistical things settled. At this workshop we took a tour of our template garden with Grow App participants and talked about all the different things going on--how we are using mulches, our tomato pruning and trellising methods, and just checking in with them on how everything is going at their own gardens. We talked about spraying brassica plants with BT and talked about the cabbage moth--FUN.

We made a garden journal for each participant that has a planting guide for all the different seeds and plants we are handing out. We also included some additional information--a page on each vegetable with all the particular pests that like it and what to do about it, more information on organic soil fertility and so on. We have space in the journal for garden observations and problems, and harvest tracksheets for each crop. We went over how important keeping track of the harvest is, for us, and for people to grow as gardeners and nail down an efficient system.

We went around the garden and identified various weeds and talked about such things as--when is a pest problem a problem? How do I get into a meditative state while weeding?

Our next workshop will be focused on soil fertility and interpreting the soil test results more in-depth.

We've had more local volunteers out taking care of the template garden and that's been wonderful. Some local high school students volunteered to make educational signs for the garden, so slowly we are partnering more with the community, and really working towards our goal of the whole community being invested in this project.

We have also begun a partnership with the local college garden at Emory and Henry College. We are hoping to work with them to design more educational workshops for Grow App participants, and figure out more how these educational gardening projects can work together. Time will tell.
Talking about various plants. The bag under the table is filled with thousands of flower seeds. 

Sometimes the whole family comes to meetings. 
Florida Basketweave

Some radishes. 

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