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Kindergarten and grade 1 student planting in garden

April 30, 2013
Over the last few days the kindergarten and grade 1 classes have come to the garden for a lesson in gardening and to plant vegetable seedlings. Mrs Baer's twenty-four grade 1 students came to the garden on Friday and Mrs Vogt's twenty-nine kindergarten students came to the garden on yesterday. Ten students at a time used trowels to dig holes and plant the seedlings while Mrs. Sandy entertained the other students with a short lesson on gardening. Students were in the garden for thirty minutes which was good for this age group. The garden beds were watered after the students returned to their classrooms. The plants were donated by our friends at Green Thumb Nursery in Ventura and by the Lowes Oxnard store. Flags were created and donated to the garden by Sharon Weaver.  Thanks to all who donated to make these events successful. The pictures show the students immediately following the completion of planting.


 

Grade 5 students plant in new garden bed

April 25, 2013
Yesterday Mr. Chambers' and Mrs Vander Linden's grade 5 students came to the garden just before noon and planted corn and tomato seedlings that had been donated the day before by Green Thumb Nursery in Ventura. Mr Sandy showed students how and where to dig the hole, how to remove the plant from the plastic container and how to place the root ball in the hole and cover it with dirt. The students took turns using the trowels to dig the holes and plant their seedlings. After all seedlings were p...
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Last garden bed walls completed

April 21, 2013
Over the past two days Elden Sandy leveled the bottom of the hole for the garden bed, installed the plastic sheet in the hole with help from Rick Austinson, cut and installed the cement board for the floor of the garden bed, then stacked the concrete block on the cement board. As a result, the last bed to be constructed is now ready to be filled with dirt and compost. [The day following this post students filled the last garden bed with compost and dirt.]


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Creating a new raised bed and filling three with soil-amendment mixture

April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, was a garden workday for adults. Mrs. Brewer, Mrs. Baer, Mr. Cook and Mr. Sandy were the crew for the day. Using wheelbarrows, we moved 6 cubic yards of compost that had been delivered in a pile on the parking lot in front of the school. We dumped the compost into the two empty garden beds created last week, then added dirt to create a 50-50 mix of compost and soil. We stacked concrete block to create the walls for the third new raised garden bed and then filled it with the...
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Creating the walls for two new raised garden beds

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

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

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

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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Harvesting

November 9, 2012
We continue to harvest tomatoes.

Three weeks ago we cut down the dying sunflower plants and picked the seeds out of the flowers. Mrs Sandy soaked the seeds in salt water, then dried and baked them. Students have enjoyed eating the sunflower seeds.

The eggplant plants were in the ground since May however they didn't do much until August. Now they are large and have good-sized fruit. We picked one eggplant fruit two weeks ago and one today.

Today was the first rainy day this fall. We had previou...
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Saving the Sunflower Seeds

September 9, 2012
This week students placed paper grocery bags around the largest sunflowers, then taped the open end tightly around the stem of the sunflower. The flowers are past their prime and the plant is preparing the seeds to fall out of the flower. The bags around the flower will catch the seeds and will prevent them from being eaten by birds or squirrels.


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