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

Squash 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.