Kaitlynn's Garden!

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Hi! My name is Kaitlynn!



Intern Profile: 
I wanted to work at the garden because: 
Gardening is something I enjoy greatly.

Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are:  
1.) Learn new techniques  for gardening
2.) Have fun and do my best as well as getting to know the other interns.

Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are: 
1.) I hope to learn how the garden is ran.
2.) I hope to learn about the things the garden does regarding pest control, birds and other methods, and the way they take care of their bees.

I think my biggest challenge will be: 
Focusing on one thing and not moving onto the next thing that needs to be done.

My favorite vegetable or fruit is: 
Rainbow Carrots and cucumbers!

I think a leader is: 
I believe a leader is someone who takes time to understand the other members of the group and take their thoughts/views into consideration before making decisions.

I hope to contribute this leadership skill to the garden this season:
Effective communication, which means the ability to convey your goals/vision/plans for achieving both to others through writing or speaking.
Pictures 
 
Pictures of our field trip to the Pollinator Festival at Dancing Oaks Nursery!
(See more on my garden blog under #field trip)
 
Pictures of my garden!!
(See more on my garden blog under #my garden)

   
  

Garden Plan
Rows of vegetables planted: 

Number of different kinds of vegetables planted: 

Optimal Garden Yield:

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

Garden Log
May 3-5: ........... Started work and removed 
                             tarps. 
May 8-12: ......... Worked on plans and 
                             helped at Master 
                             Gardener's plant sale.
May 15-19: ....... Working on getting 
                             the garden planted.
May 22-26: ....... Continued working on 
                             getting the garden planted.
May 29-June 2:  Continue with getting 
                             the garden planted.
June 5-9: .......... Finishing up planting.
June 12-16: ...... Started/worked on 
                             weeding the first half of 
                             the garden and worked on
                             mulching.
June 19-23: ...... Continued working on 
                             weeding.
June 26-30: ...... Worked on mulching and 
                             weeding.
July 3-7: ........... Worked on weeding.
July 10-14: ....... Worked on weeding and 
                             mulching.
July 17-21: ....... Open house and finished 
                             mulching.
July 24-28: ....... Worked on weeding and finished
                             mulching.
July 31-Aug. 4:. Worked on weeding.
Aug. 7-11: ........ Worked on a little weeding and
                             picking plants for Fair.
Aug. 14-18:....... Took care of dead leaves and 
                             tomatoes with blossom rot.
Aug. 21-25:....... Worked on weeding.
Aug. 28-Sept. 1: 
June Leadership Project
Problem:  We needed to find a way
        to let people know who we are.
Solution: We came up with a slogan
        for t-shirts and picked a color.
Activity: We ordered the t- shirts.
Results: We got t-shirts that let
        people know who we are.
Communication: Presenting the
        ideas and picking one color and
        one slogan with all of the interns.
Leadership Skills: Vision, Planning,
        and Effective Communication.

July Leadership Project
Problem: People don't know how to
        prepare the plants from our
        garden.
Solution: I took a few zucchini
        home and made two types of
        allergy friendly zucchini bread.
Activity: I brought the bread to our
        open house.
Results: The recipe turned out
        great, and now others are able to
        easily accsess a way to prepare
        zucchini.
Communication
Leadership Skills: Vision, Planning, and Self Direction.

August Leadership Project
Problem: Our broccoli and sometimes other plants such as tomatoes and chard are impacted by flea beetles.
Solution: I decided to research ways to get rid of/prevent the destruction done by flea beetles.
Activity: I found a few websites that explained some methods that are used to rid of/prevent the destruction done by flea beetles without harming/minimizing the damage done to other helpful insects.
Results: I found that the best ways to deal with flea bugs was to prevent them, by
-Tilling your garden in the fall to kill any beetles hiding in the dirt
-Using row covers after transplanting, make sure they are completely sealed to keep the beetles from finding the plants
-Planting Basil and/or Catnip around plants the beetles eat. Basil and Catnip repell flea beetles. 
Additionally I found that talcum powder on your plants and/or a homemade spray will rid your garden of flea beetles.

Homemade spray:
-5 cups of water
-2 cups of rubbing alcohol 
-1 tbsp liquid soap

Communication: Presenting my findings with the rest of the interns at the DYG.
Leadership Skills: Self Direction, Effective Comunication.

September Leadership Project
Problem: People don't know how to
        prepare the plants from our
        garden.
Solution: I used carrots, zucchini, 
        peppers, and cabbage, and 
        chicken to make tacos.
Activity: I chopped about a fourth of 
        cabbage, three large carrots, 
        several small sweet peppers and
        a smaller zucchini. Then I cooked 
        two chicken tenderloins for each 
        person, in olive oil and taco 
        seasoning. Then in the same pan 
        I seared the veggies with some 
        extra taco seasoning for about a 
        minute while I cut the chicken into 
        thin strips. Finally I mixed the 
        chicken to the veggies and pulled 
        the pan off the heat.
Results: The recipe turned out
        great, and now others are able to
        easily access a way to prepare
        several veggies that can be grown 
        in a home garden as a meal.
Communication
           -Will be posted on the blogs as 
           soon as possible.
Leadership Skills: Vision, Planning, and Self Direction.
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