Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday morning at Sanderlin was very pretty but quite windy. I saw that there were some changes in the garden. I noticed the melon patch was gone, and I dying to know how those melons tasted. Also, I saw there were some new plants over by the fence as well. The one looked like thyme, but I could not identify the other two. Since we had no classes coming out, I would try to get some boarders up. I cut up some bamboo for stakes, and several others roughly four foot long. It was necessary to shorten some to make them fit, fit as well as they could. I worked on the bed with the mustard greens, peas, beans, and tomatoes. I used the existing wood to fasten some of the bamboo. Once the boarders were in, I filled in spaces with mulch to help keep out weeds.
It was at this point; I looked up and saw Mrs. Johnson’s class coming out. Opps! The kids were very happy to out at the garden, so we decided to discuss to the class why I was putting up boarders. I moved all the tools out of the way, and began to explain how the grass creeps into the beds. I told them how the boarder works as a barrier to protect from the weeds, but also it works to protect little plants to grow stronger. We then went into the garden to look around, and to harvest a cucumber. Mrs. Johnson’s class asked about Ms. Olivia, and they were happy to hear she would be back when they came out again. The class picked out a big fat cucumber, and we had them twist and pull it out. The class asked if that hurt the cucumber. Mrs. Johnson explained to the class that the cucumber would begin to die the minute it was pulled, and that’s why we must eat it soon. We then wandered around the garden and stopped at the three sisters or this case the five sisters. We talked more about companion gardening, and I explained that farmers will grow sun flowers right next to corn. Sun flowers need similar conditions to grow, including soil temp so they should be planted at the same time. Both corn and sun flowers grow tall, so they do not compete for sun. Native Americans would plant sun flowers at the edge of three sisters, to act as a natural fence for the sisters. I will explain this to Mrs. Johnson’s class when they come back next Monday, about these companions. The class noticed a lot of bees in the garden today, so I gave details to them on bee keeping. I described how keepers would drive north on interstate 95 during the growing season releasing their bees, so they would pollinate plants. Then drive back south when the season wraps up to collect them.
Lastly, Mrs. Johnson’s class gave me a piece of Indian corn that they had been studying. It was becoming a little moldy, so they gave it to me to plant in the garden. I took off some of the kernels and planted them at the edge of the nucleus of the south garden. Unfortunately, I left the cusp at the edge of that garden when I was leaving. Again, opps! I will show them were I planted the corn next week.
I really wish this was my back yard!
P.S. Weeded and watered!