Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|Several basil plants are sprouting!|
|The okra plants have beautiful flowers.|
|Radishes are almost ready to harvest.|
|The three sisters bed is flourishing!|
Monday, April 9, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
"A day in the life of Harold"- a yams life in the eyes of my creative group of six eager fifth graders. My student explained to me his yam that he planted in my garden was a male, and his name was Harold. Harold gets visited daily by Buzz the Bumble Bee to have his pollen collected and brought to a female plant. He gets his drinks from the sky and the hose, he gets his food from the soil and all the nutrients, and he grows with sunlight. When he dies Benjamin the Beatle will come and help decompose him.
Monday, April 2, 2012
I was also thirsty. The thirst gave me a level of empathy for the plants. I could feel them soaking up the cool, refreshing water. That is, after I MacGuyvered the hose on. The key was locked behind another lock whose key had apparently disappeared with the school folk. I'm glad I'd recently started traveling with a ratchet set. My conscience wouldn't have let me leave the plants so dry. Hank planted pineapples and pulled up sedge. That cursed sedge : )
The Sanderlin beds were built through the process of hugelkultur. Pits were dug, and filled with woody bits from logs to sticks to mulch. They were fertilized with fish scraps, and covered with topsoil/compost. Eventually, once they are well soaked and the wood inside begins to slowly decompose, watering will be unnecessary. Like the forest they were designed to emulate, they will be a rich, moist, humousy cake of mycelium, microorganisms and organic matter. The roots of established plants will have a vast oasis of water and nutrients available to them at all times.
Still, things grow. I'm amazed to see how big the squashes are, and how happy the herbs are. It looks like even the banana tree is now doing well! I guess we volunteers are doing well. Now, we're looking forward to the refreshed teachers and students coming back to revitalize the area.