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 sheet before refilling the hole with a mixture of compost and dirt

Other activities

  • planting flowering plants (iris, canna and calla lilly) along the fence to the east of the garden to provide color later in the year
  • planting snow peas under the trellis; harvesting snow pea pods
  • planting one garden bed with cool weather vegetables
  • thinning the young vegetable plants 
  • transplanting two chard plants that survived from last summer's garden. They are thriving in their new location and we have begun harvesting the leaves from those plants
  • weeding around the three artichoke plants that continue to thrive from last year's garden.
  • transplanting young volunteer sunflower plants to the sunflower area.
  • watering plants as needed (we have had very little rainfall this  winter season, so plants have needed watering)
  • removing fallen tree leaves from the garden and the small surface drain bordering the garden.
  • in early March, began the weekly task of filling the compost bin with lawn clippings.

We planted some donated small soybean plants with 3-inch high protective plastic collars around them. Soon after planting an unknown animal ate the tops of all the plants right down to the 3-inch collar. We subsequently planted snow peas and covered each plant with a 2-liter juice bottle from which the bottom had been removed. The pea plants have thrived (not bothered by the animal) and are now producing edible pea pods. Lesson learned: covering newly planted seeds with 2-liter juice containers without bottoms help heat the soil during the day and protect seeds and seedlings from cold night air and hungry birds/animals.