Marypat's Garden


MaryPat                                                                     Planting                                                                              Watering

Intern Profile 

Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are: Making friendships and providing for our community.

Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are: How to be a better gardener and to learn how to become a better person.        

I think my biggest challenge will be: My biggest challenge will be the weeds. I am so worried that they are going to kill my seeds! 

My favorite vegetable is: Green beans

My least favorite garden task  is: Harvesting
My most favorite garden task  is: Weeding

I think a leader is: A person who puts others before themselves, a person who is dependent and considers and respects others opinions and beliefs. 
My worst leadership skill or trait is: Being dependable and putting others before myself.
My best leadership skill or trait is: Being kind to those who slack

Garden Plan

Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers Planted (in order) 
3. Lettuce
5. Tomatoes 
6. Carrots
7. Broccoli
8. Radish's
9. Hot peppers
10. Spinach
11. Squash
12. Zucchini
13.Mini sunflowers
14.Green onions
15. Chives

My favorite plant to plant was: Lettuce
My lease favorite plan to plant was: Sqaush

I think my plan worked because: All of my vegetables are growing and flowers are growing.

Garden Log

May 16 - Started Planted 
May 23 - Continued Planting 
June 4- All done planting and now onto spreading newspaper and straw
June 11-  Newspaper and straw have been down for about a week. All of my vegetables are coming in nicely. I fear I may of planted corn on accident,
June 20- My garden is growing great! I just finished fertilizing for the second time with that gross fish fertilizer, My Summer Squash is coming in well.
June 27- My weeds are killer, but that's okay. My broccoli, spinach, radishes and lettuce are getting ready to be harvested! I'm so excited!!
June 30 - My weeds are coming in like crazy! Also I have Patty Pan Squash growing!
July 7- I harvested my radishes, squashes and spinach 
July 18- Everything is going swell. Trying to keep up with the weeds is difficult but not impossible.
July 25-I am battling the weeds but I think I'm losing. Although I am excited for the open house!!
August 1- We are having a lot of fun in the garden, plus the Polk County Fair is right around corner so we are prepping our plants!
August 8- I got all blues at the fair and all of my plants were selected for state!!
August 15- The weeds are crazy! But all in all everything is good 
August 22- We are starting to fill out paperwork for state fair
August 29- Brianna and I's presentation got champion and was selected for state and we have been practicing plus adding on more slides!!
September 1- Yesterday, Brianna and I presented at the state fair and we did amazing!
September 12- Today is the last day of the garden and I am sad but excited!

Leadership Projects: 
Presenting in front of the Dallas Rotary Club. It was a very fun experience. The Rotary is a great organization! 

Communication project: 
Problem: Needed funds to support Youth Garden
Solution: Presented to the Dallas Rotary to get donations
Communication: The day was June 2, I presented to the Dallas Rotary around one in the afternoon. Mr. Anderson and I gave a short speech about the Dallas Youth Garden and what we do through out our community.
Leadership Traits: Planning, effective communication 
What I learned: What the Rotary is, We produced over 6,000 pounds of vegetables and herbs last year

Food Prep Project:
Problem: There are more options to plums then drying them and many people don't realize it 
Solution: Choose a fruit with skin (plums in my case) and make jam using this recipe. 
Step 1. Wash your fruit in cold water
Step 2. Boil water
Step 3. When water is to a rolling boil, put your fruit in the boiling water for 2 minutes
Step 4. After 2 minutes pull the fruit out and put your next batch into the boiling water
Step 5. While your next batch is boiling start slipping the skin off the fruit and removing the pits
Step 6. After your fruit is skinned and pitted start mashing it up(make sure to not have any skin or pits in with the stuff you are mashing)
Step 7. Measure the mashed up fruit, add pectin and bring to boil (DO NOT ADD WATER)
Step 8.  Cook the mashed fruit down, add sugar, and boil again for 2 minutes
Step 9. Remove from heat and skim the top
Step 10. Spoon into clean, hot, canning jars
Step 11. Clean jar rims and secure hot lids with rings
Step 12. Put jars in hot water bath for 10 minutes 
Step 13. Remove jars from water and cover with a towel
Communication: Talking with my mother about how to make jam and plum sauce also reading the pectin instructions
Leadership Traits: Planning, Self direction

Team Presentation:
Problem: The lack of knowledge on garden pest and diseases
Solution: Create a presentation on Oregon's garden pest and diseases with my co-worker Brianna
Communication: Teaching the public and educating ourselves
Leadership Traits: Team work, vision, planning, self direction

Improvement Project:
Problem: Fruit trees are being attacked and we need an organic solution
Solution: Making a natural insecticide from 3 simple ingredients; water, vinegar, lemon juice
Step 1. Find a spray bottle
Step 2. Fill spray bottle half way full with vinegar
Step 3. Fill the next half with water
Step 4. After you have the vinegar and water in the spray bottle, add 10-15 drops of lemon juice to the mixture
Step 5. Shake the bottle and mix the 3 ingredients together
Step 6. Spray your fruit trees
Leadership Traits: Self direction, planning, being aware of the problems around you