Jon And Tommy's Garden




Intern Profile 

Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are: To familiarize myself better with different plants, To harvest a large amount 

Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are: How to prevent weed growth, knowing how much and how often to water different plants

I think my biggest challenge will be: Mulching

My favorite vegetable is: Spinach

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

I think a leader is: Someone who can bring a group together to complete a common goal

My worst leadership skill or trait is: I sometimes get overwhelmed
My best leadership skill or trait is: Being able to take criticism and work with others

Garden Plan

Rows of vegetables planted: 

Number of different kinds of vegetables planted: 

My garden did or did/not match my plan and why: 

My favorite vegetable to plant was: 

Garden Log

May 15-20: Planted First Plant
May  22-27: Continued to plant, gotten more familiar with different ways of planting
May 29-June 3: Have only two rows left to plant
June 5-10: Finished planting, starting to weed and mulch
June 12-17: I continued to mulch and weed
June 18-24: Continuing to mulch, around half is done
June 24-July 1: Continued to mulch - finished! 
July 1-8: Tommy left for another job and John joined the garden from last year.
July 11-15: Came back to work again and brought back fond memories!
July 18-22: Just watered and weeded. Picked some plants.
July 25-29: Same old same old
Aug 1-5: watered and Weeded. Discovered a carrot row I never knew existed.
Aug 8-12: Harvested chard and cabbage for fair. Got Red on both. Not to bad. 
Aug 15-19: Hatvested chard and cabbage and squash. 
Aug 22-26: Harvested Chard and squash. And plenty of weeding
Aug 29-Sep 2: On Vacation....

Leadership Project

Communication: I presented to the master gardeners on Thursday
Leadership Skills: 

Problem: Future of Agriculture
Solution: Robots
    In the age of growing population, food growth will need to be increased. So an idea for it would be vertical farms grown my LEDS of red and blue light. LEDs would be configured to the plants needs to speed up growth. Nutrient filled water would flow down tubes, feeding the plants, and with the LEDs, you could harvest twice a week.
Image result for vertical farm

Garden Improvements
Soil improvement

I was taking a look at a website that was for organic growth which was written by a soul scientist from the Oregon State University. 
Instead of using a tiller, use sheet mulching and have the worms break down the soil and be your natural tiller. This is a layer of cardboard with green-brown compost that's 2 to 4 inches thick. This will incorage worms to break down the soil. Also make sure you have plenty of nitrogen. Add blood seed or feather meal to your soil before planting to increase nitrogen in soil. Have your soil dry. When it's compacted, there will be no loose soil for plants to grow and stretch out their roots.