Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Getting Ready for School

It seems like the summer just started, but it's already time to prepare for the upcoming school year at the garden. We had some great volunteers to help out with the preparation and could not have done it without them. Here's what we accomplished last week:


Students from the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development (CCYD) in Brooklyn helped out in the morning. We cleared up the flower patch area by the north fence and tasted lovely blueberries, while students for the Living Classrooms BUGS Program worked in the orchard and planted asparagus.

The first of a few large groups from CCBC and Break Away: Alternative Breaks showed up in the early afternoon and immediately got to work clearing the strawberry patch and school plots of weeds. 


They uncovered some big cucumbers and red onions. It was great to find veggies hiding under the summer weed growth!


The CCYD students returned in the morning and weeded around the raised beds next to the clocktower shed. 

We discovered bright orange cherry tomatoes and carrots growing. The plants are thriving and we were happy to expose them to some more sunlight. We took the nets off the blueberry bushes and continued to enjoy the fruit harvest. 

The afternoon group from CCBC cleared the herb garden of weeds. They found rosemary, a pepper plant, and some large, healthy sage. They also cleaned up around the blackberry bushes in the northeast corner of the garden.



During the morning of the third and final work day this week, the CCYD students cleared weeds from a patch of large cucumber plants we discovered on Wednesday. There are many little baby cucumbers growing; and we're excited to see them ready in a few weeks!

We stirred the compost pile so it would decompose more efficiently, reorganized the clocktower shed, and gave the ladybug shed a haircut by trimming and replanting the sedum on top.

There will be more frequent open garden days as it gets closer to the start of school. Stay tuned to our blog for times and updates.

There's still plenty of work to do, so come on by and lend a hand!