Garden Tour: May 2013

Time to wander around the school garden.  Join me.

Let’s start with the roses.

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When the breeze is blowing, and you get a waft of honeysuckle flowers, it’s a little bit of heaven.

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Another 3×3 square foot gardening model, with the pvc criss-cross hoop.  Planted with kale, swiss chard, peppers and marigolds.

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Gazebo windowboxes planted with flowers purchased at the Warners Springs Mother’s Day plant sale as well as plants I scored for free at the end of Master Gardener Spring Seminar.

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Also new to the gazebo, an inhabited bird nest in the rafters!

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Peas, glorious peas.

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GARDEN FAIL.  We planted this out with three varieties of spinach, which barely sprouted then turned yellow, despite babying.  Keepin’ it humble, in the garden.

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Sidewalk art adjacent to the garden.

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We took our artist-made solar fountain inside for the winter so that it wouldn’t crack in the low temperatures.  It’s now back home, though in a different location—closer to the habitat bed.

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Looks like we may have our first crop of grapes when school resumes.

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Kat Beck introducing the preview films in order to introduce the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at an all-school assembly.  After watching “Watermelon Magic,” we’ve witnessed students standing over plants and whispering, “grow, grow, grow!”

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Lastly, giving Backcountry Collaborative partner awards, I got to gush about my Garden Beneficials and University of Wednesday parent helpers.  I made the point: not only do they do A LOT of work in the garden, but they also love the garden with me.  I am grateful for both.

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Garden tour, January 2013

After a year of blogging, I celebrated and took four weeks off!  (Easy to do in Zone 7!)  Now I am rested and ready to tell more stories from the school garden in 2013.

For now, the garden is cold, quiet and pretty empty. Still, work goes on….

We purchased a heavy-duty weatherproof canvas cover for our kitchen island.  It held up great during last week’s wet weather.

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Said wet weather (though not a great volume) brought us 600 gallons of free water!

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I’ve been composing a letter to my Garden Beneficials, letting them know of opportunities to be involved from now until the end of the school year.  Here’s the apron I had made for each of them.

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One Beneficial made a contact with a local grape grower who offered to teach us to prune correctly.  I’m hoping for our first crop this year!  (Grapes are nice choices for the ubiquitous school chain link fence.)

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These boxes were filled with bulbs from our Flower Power Fundraiser.  I haven’t been exactly sure how to use this space, so filling them with crocuses, irises and lilies to offer a little color and life in early spring seemed like a good idea.

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Beneficials and students added a couple bushels of daffodils to this hillside on the backside of the garden.

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On the to-do list:  set gopher traps in these garden entrypoints we found when planting the daffodils.

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Six tables and eight benches were delivered right before Christmas break to the junior high garden.  These were purchased with local PLDO funds through Mexi-American Crafts in Ramona.  Here they are awaiting a work party!  (Post on this big development to follow.)

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Local tree trimmers and the rangers from Heise Park keep us supplied with free woodchips.  We need to spread them about once a year.  It’s amazing how improved the soil is four years later, after regularly laying these down to disintegrate (as well as to “finish” the garden and suppress weeds.)

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I will write more about this later but I have also begun serving as a “school garden consultant” through San Diego Master Gardeners.  I met with my first school—an elementary in Escondido–last week!  Here are some of the key teachers (and fellow MG consultant) in front of their kindergarten “bed”!  (TOO CUTE.)

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