Another fun and productive week! We were able to plant over 50 beneficial plants to our garden, which had been purchased as centerpieces fort Gateway's Annual Matters of the Mind Luncheon (see previous post). These plant will take our garden's biodiversity and production to a whole new level!
This week Garden Club was given front and center stage at Gateway's sold-out "Matters of the Minds" Luncheon, featuring author David Kelly. This is our school's biggest fundraiser of the year, and Garden Club was asked to provide the centerpieces for each table at the luncheon. True to our principles, we acquired 50 plants that will be beneficial to our new garden, either as edibles, insectaries, or nutrient accumulators. We placed them on each table as asked for donations to help cover the costs of the plants. It was a great event and next week we will plant them all!
Garden Club worked tirelessly for three days to complete the installation of over 30 plants along our school's front entrance. Administration asked us if we would take on this project to beautify our school in time for our important Annual Luncheon fundraiser. It was a big job but we got it done! Great teamwork everyone!
This week we planted some vetch as a cover crop, in order to fix nitrogen and build soil on our site. We also noticed our beans along the border fence are really loving this sun and heat! Soon they will climb straight up the fence to provide a
This week we installed an old Mercedes windshield that will serve as a windbreak and hot spot for some zuccinis we planted from seed. We also began to construct a planter bed which we will cover will plastic sheeting to create a mini-greenhouse. Some of us also began digging out a big project: a two-tiered pond/waterfall/stream! This are really coming along!
This week we finished planting the fruit trees that were donated from Hayes Valley Farm. These had been in their pots for years, and finally the roots will be free to search for nutrients in our garden! We also harvested some beans, which we planted right back into the garden to help fix nitrogen and build more soil.
This week we took a break from the work and celebrated our accomplishments by grilling up some veggies and steaks. Paolo brought in his gas grill and became Grillmaster, while the rest of us prepped the food. What an awesome day!
This month we had a group of volunteers from Kaiser Permanente and a middle school in the East Bay to help us out! We added the "hog fencing" to our border fence to provide a structure for the beans and other vines to grow on. This will also help keep trash from blowing into the garden.
This week we tore down some old signs, created a new planting bed, and planted lots more beans as a cover crop to fix nitrogen into the soil.
This week we laid out some pathways for the Garden. Check out the plants we started from seed just a couple of weeks ago!