Robert's Garden


Robert                                                            Planting                                                                                Laying Mulch

Intern Profile 

Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are: 

Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are: 
1 To gain garden knowledge
2 working experience with other people

I think my biggest challenge will be: 
-Keeping everything healthy and weed free

My favorite vegetable is: Carrots

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

I think a leader is: Someone who helps people when needed and are nice and respectful

My worst leadership skill or trait is: Communication
My best leadership skill or trait is: Understandment

Garden Plan

Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers Planted (in order) peppers
4. Sweet peppers
5. crook neck squash
6. tomatoes 
7. cabbage
8. raddish.
9. white onion 
10 . patty pan 
12. zinnias 
13. sun flowers

My favorite plant to plant was:  Sunflowers
My lease favorite plan to plant was: Tomato

I think my plan worked because: Using The idea that I read that using troffs and small hills to improve watering. 

Garden Log

May 16 - Started Planted 
May 23 - Continued Planting 
May 26 - about half way done with my garden and next row to do was peppers
May 28 - Only have 2 rows left almost done :]
May 30 - Finished my garden and now im starting with the hay and newspaper
June 2- Started weeding and almost got one full row done with hay
June 4 - did a little bit of weeding and then finished the hay thing in the squash row
June 6 - Started weeding and noticed some seeds on my newly planted area started coming up
June 9 - Weeded and watered pretty fun and easy day
June 11- Just watered and weeded 
June 13 - Took this day off ! 
June 16- Weeded a good portion and then just watered
June 18- Noticed one of my rows still hasnt Growen and is most likely dead 
June 20 - Did some weeding and then did my garden evals and then the open house 
June 23- Was absent 
June 25 - did alot of mulching and then barley weeded 
June - 27 mulched alot and then weeded and got ready for the evals 
June 30 - Weeded and watered
July  2 - Mulched spots that needed it
July 4 - watered and and watered more or other people
July 7 - weeded and watered and updated my page
July 9 -weeded alot and water
July 11 - absent 
july 14- watered and weeded 
july 16- harvested and watered
july 18 weeded alot and then did my evals 
july 21 Harvested and then weeded 
July 23  weeded and watered alot 
july 25 weeded and watered and then left early 
July 28 harvested alot of basal and then weeded 
july 30 watered and weeded , was really hot outside 
August 1 weeded did evals and then watered a lot 
August 4 water and harvested a lot
August 6 came early to the garden to help dean and then later in the day returned and then did my daily jobs at the garden
August 8 weeded and water pretty easy day
August 11 watered and then did group weeding
August 13 did the usual at the garden and then watered the fruit trees
August 15 arrived early and got a early start for watering and harvesting certain plants
August  18 harvest and watered and then harvested the fruit tress for the first time ever
August 20 Absent
August 22 Absent
August 25 absent
August 27 first day back and then watered and weeded :]
August 29 >

Leadership Projects

Problem:We need a way to identify our team when meeting with the public.  
Solution:  Design, order and manage the purchase of t-shirts for garden interns. Once we visited the lady who makes the shirts she gave marinda and myself 4 different designs and then we came to I final design that we like the best.
Leadership: Planning :  The ability to plan or organize tasks to meet the goal or vision.,Self Direction:  You know how to get things done, how to organize tasks and how to avoid procrastination. Leaders take the steps to get the job done to meet the vision and work until goals are met. 

Food Prep Project 
Problem: We need to know and communicate how produce grown in our garden can be prepared.
Solution: Take produce home, find a recipe you like, prepare produce bring it back. The recipe I found on the internet was this squash cake which was overall pretty easy to make and also pretty enjoyable also.:]
Communication:  took home 2 of my crook neck squash and created this cake
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups finely chopped yellow squash (do not peel)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • (optional: 1 cup chopped pecans and 1 cup raisins…perhaps even golden raisins
Leadership: below
Self Direction:  You know how to get things done, how to organize tasks and how to avoid procrastination. Leaders take the steps to get the job done to meet the vision and work until goals are met
Planning :  The ability to plan or organize tasks to meet the goal or vision.

Bird House Project 
Problem: We need to reduce garden pests 
Solution(s): Attract inset eating birds with bird houses 
Species Attracted: House finch
Bird Diet:  Small flying bugs and some invasive plants like knot weeded and bad stuff like that
Installation Instructions:



The House Finch nest box is constructed with Red Cedar.  Wood stock is rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip interior and exterior surfaces.

It has a 6" by 6" floor, 6" inside ceiling, 2" diameter entrance hole located 4 1/2" above the floor and ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

The hinged roof provides easy access for monitoring and cleaning.   Shutter hooks secure roof in closed position.  Pilot holes in both primary and secondary work pieces makes for easy assembly in minutes.

House Finches like bird houses mounted just out of reach on a post in the middle of a yard clear of trees or buildings.  City backyards are good spots. House Finches may also nest on platforms.

Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens, Tree and Violet Green Swallows may use this nest box.

House Sparrows and Starlings are attracted to bird houses with entrance holes of the size in this model

Bird House Plan: 
Construction: Red ceder
Communication: Communicate your plan for your bird houses to the group. 
Leadership: Planning :  The ability to plan or organize tasks to meet the goal or vision

Self-Awareness. You know your strengths and your weaknesses. . You know your capabilities and your limitations, which allows you to push yourself to your maximum potential

Trust: You have integrity and people trust you.