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Browsing Archive: March, 2013

Creating the walls for two new raised garden beds

Posted by elden sandy on Saturday, March 30, 2013,
At 8:30am on Friday, March 29, a school holiday, five pallets of concrete block were delivered by Home Depot and we began to move the block and create new raised garden beds. Two holes with level bottoms had been prepared previously. Students, working after school, had helped to excavate the holes for the new beds into which concrete board was placed. These beds are similar in design to those created a year ago except that they have have half-inch concrete board floors onto which the three ti...
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Excavating new garden bed areas

Posted by elden sandy on Tuesday, March 26, 2013,

In addition to watering and harvesting, students are now excavating the areas for the new garden beds. Like the original garden beds constructed last spring, these raised garden beds are 24 inches deep with half of that being below ground level. This requires excavating 12 inches below the finished ground level in order to place the floor and the first tier of block. On March 25 students and Mr. Sandy completed the excavation for one garden bed and started excavating the area for the second g...
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Spring

Posted by elden sandy on Friday, March 15, 2013,
Spring hasn't officially arrived; however Camarillo has been experiencing Spring-like weather with recent highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's.

Planting: This week the second grade and third grade classes came to the garden and planted in their assigned garden beds.

Existing plants: The cool weather vegetables planted last month are doing well as are the artichoke plants and the volunteer sunflowers (seeds dropped from last year's sunflowers).

Garden expansion: On March 13 we received approv...
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Garden Club Winter Activities

Posted by elden sandy on Friday, March 15, 2013,
During the winter Garden Club students have participated in a number of activities preparing for spring planting. Those included
  • moving dead plants and weeds from the garden beds to the compost bin
  • removing the compost from the bin and mixing it with the soil in the garden beds
  • weeding
  • pruning an overgrown bush down to the ground so that its size can be better managed when it recovers in the spring
  • dug the dirt out of two garden beds; then covered the bottom and sides of the hole with plastic she...

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