Kaitlynn's Garden!

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Intern Profile 

Hello, my name is Kaitlynn Samp!
This is my second year working at the Dallas Youth Garden, and I am going to be Senior at DHS.


I want to work at the garden because: 
I enjoy gardening and helping others. 

Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are:  
1.) To learn new ways to take care of my garden/Help others learn new ways to take care of their own gardens.

2.) To have fun and get to know the other interns.

Two things I hope to learn while  working at the Dallas Youth Garden are: 
1.) How to take care of the experimental plants and to learn about what they need to grow.

2.) New ways to take care of garden pests and weeds.

I think my biggest challenge will be: 
Keeping up with the weeds.

My favorite vegetable or fruit is: 
Rainbow carrots and raspberries!

I think a leader is: 
Someone who takes time to listen to everyone's opinions and makes decisions based on what will benefit the whole group and the opinions of each member of the group.

I hope to contribute this leadership skill to the garden this season: 
I hope to contribute the ability to be helpful and optimistic!

Garden Plan



Rows of produce planted: 
About seventeen and a half, I had extra room to plant some more tomatoes so I did.

Number of different types of produce:
Roughly fifteen kinds of produce, counting the experimental plants.

Planned Garden Yield:  
Roughly 282 lbs, not counting the experimental plants.

My Garden did not match my plan because: 
I had some extra room to plant tomatoes on my final row so I planted more. 


Garden Log

 May 4:  Started work and removed tarps 
 May 7-11: Worked on completing paperwork,
 outlining garden
 May 14-18: Began planting my garden.
 May 21-25: Almost done planting my garden!
 May 28-30:  Finished planting and cleared weeds out of
 my marigolds.
 June 1: Helped with pathways in the garden and
 replanted basil and carrots.
 June 4-8: Weeded, and helped with pathways.
 June 11-15: Weeded and watered my garden.
 June 18-25: Used four vacation days while in New York.
 June 27-29:  Weeded/watered my garden, and helped
 weed in the other Intern gardens.
 July 2-6: Weeded and watered my garden
 July 9-13: Weeded and watered my garden.
 July 16-20: Weeded and watered my garden, as well as
 helped Ruth weed and prune her tomatoes
 and prepped my garden for open house.
 July 23: Open House!
 July 23-27: Weeded and watered,
July 30: weeded and watered my garden
Aug 1-3: weeded and watered my garden
Aug 6-10: picked and got ready for fair, sold peaches at fair
Aug 13-17: weeded and watered my garden 
Aug 20-24: weeded and watered my garden
Aug 27-
June Leadership Project:

ProblemThere are Cucumber bugs eating our squash, cucumber, and zucchini starts.
SolutionSo I decided to research environment friendly was to prevent and/or get rid of the bugs.
CommunicationFor my communication part of the project, I will need to present my findings to the other Interns.
 Leadership SkillsEffective Communication, or the ability to convey your goals or plans through  your writing or a speech.
ResultsI found that the best way to get rid of the beetles is to just stay vigilante and check the growing plants, and if you find a beetle get rid of it, some insecticides work, but the plants the beetles typically like are sensitive to insecticides so if used, use sparingly. The best way to prevent the beetles first till your garden in the late fall, this will expose any beetles hibernating in your garden bed to the winter weather; transplant the crops the beetles like, as to protect vulnerable seedlings; planting later in the season, rotating crops, planting trap plants (plants that are planted at the edge of the field to attract bugs from the main crops), and removing any garden debris from prepping the bed for winter are recommend to discourage the beetles from attacking your plants.

July Leadership Project

Problem: What can be done with the produce from our gardens?
Solution: I created a blog to post recipies I come up with or find that use the produce from our gardens.
Test/Activity: I used a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and revised it to make chocolate zucchini cookies.
Results: I tested my recipe and brought the cookies to work to share with the other interns.
Communication: I presented my recipe and cookies, as well as posted the recipe on my blog, which can be found here.
Leadership Skills: Self Direction, the ability to know how to organize tasks and stay on task to meet the goal or finish the task you have set/decided on.

September Leadership Project

Problem: How do we help future Interns to not make the same mistakes as we did, or learn to produce more from their garden?
Solution: As a group, we decided to write a few things we learned this year while at the garden.
Test/Activity: We gathered results and wrote them here.
Results: I learned that in my garden, the end is very clay like soil and it is best to grow flowers in. Zucchini, Squash, and cucumbers need to be grown on hills or in the front half of the garden. Cucumbers need to be planted first, kept well weeded and watered. Tomatoes do amazing in the the very front of the garden (about 2-3 rows in).
Gophers are a big problem and so are bugs, so squash down feeding holes and keep the grassy weeds down.
Communication: Presenting this idea to the group and typing it up here.
Leadership Skills: Self Direction, the ability to know how to organize tasks and stay on task to meet the goal or finish the task you have set/decided on.



June Leadership Project:

ProblemThere are Cucumber bugs eating our squash, cucumber, and zucchini starts.
SolutionSo I decided to research environment friendly was to prevent and/or get rid of the bugs.
CommunicationFor my communication part of the project, I will need to present my findings to the other Interns.
 Leadership SkillsEffective Communication, or the ability to convey your goals or plans through  your writing or a speech.
ResultsI found that the best way to get rid of the beetles is to just stay vigilante and check the growing plants, and if you find a beetle get rid of it, some insecticides work, but the plants the beetles typically like are sensitive to insecticides so if used, use sparingly. The best way to prevent the beetles first till your garden in the late fall, this will expose any beetles hibernating in your garden bed to the winter weather; transplant the crops the beetles like, as to protect vulnerable seedlings; planting later in the season, rotating crops, planting trap plants (plants that are planted at the edge of the field to attract bugs from the main crops), and removing any garden debris from prepping the bed for winter are recommend to discourage the beetles from attacking your plants.

August Leadership Project
Problem: What can be done with the produce from our gardens?
Solution: I created a blog to post recipies I come up with or find that use the produce from our gardens.
Test/Activity: I made a soup using various vegetables that are grown in our garden and with a few others.
Results: I tested my recipe, wrote down the measurements and brought the soup to work to share with the other interns.
Communication: I presented my recipe and soup and will be posting my recipe on my blog soon.
Leadership Skills: Self Direction, the ability to know how to organize tasks and stay on task to meet the goal or finish the task you have set/decided on.

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