Rachel's Garden


Intern Profile

I want to work at the garden because: It will be good experience and I need the money for a trip I'm taking to a country in South America called Chile.

Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are: The grow a good garden, and to learn and remember gardening techniques.

Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are: I hope to learn good gardening skills, and how to be a good leader.

I think my biggest challenge will be: Creating a good garden for the first time.

My favorite vegetable or fruit is: Raisins

I think a leader is: Someone who is responsible, respectful, willing to listen to his/her teammates, and puts them before himself.

I hope to contribute this leadership skill to the garden this season: My respect and responsibility.

Garden Plan:

Rows of vegetables planted: 18

Number of different kinds of vegetables planted: 13

Optimal Garden Yield:294

My garden did or did/not match my plan and why: My garden did not match my plan. Because I planted a couple of my rows a little too far apart.

Garden Log:

May 3-5: Started work and removed tarps

May 8-12: Worked on plans helped at master gardeners plan sale

May 15-19: Beginning of planting garden- planted marigolds, zuccinis, and most of my peppers.

May 22-26: planted my carrots, radishes, cucumbers, and tomatoes

May 29-June 2: Planted my basil and sunflowers, kale and more tomatoes.

June 5-June 9: Planted my cucumbers, chard swiss, lettuce, and carrots. I also finished planting my garden. And made a bark dust path.

June 12- June 16: Hoed my garden, replanted my marigolds, and mulched most of my squash.

June 19- June 23: I watered my plants and weeded my cucumbers and some of my lettuce, I mulched my kale and tomatoes, and replanted the rest of my sunflowers with transplants.

June 26- June 30: I watered, weeded, picked 1 lb of radishes, planted onions, and mulched more.

July 3- July 7: I was on vacation.

July 9- July 14: I weeded, watered, picked 2.5 pounds of zuccinis to take home, mulched the rest of my garden, and picked 6.8 pounds of zuccinis for the poor.

July 17- July 21: On Tuesday I watered, then I picked 4 big zuccinis, 4 or 5 bunches of kale, and 4 small radishes. Sadly most of my radishes were being eaten by small white worms, and there were very few that were the right size anyway. And I got my t-shirt. On Thursday we had our open house for our gardens and I toured to groups. I also got to take another zuccini. On Saturday I believe we picked more produce and did some more mulching.

July 24- July 28: On Tuesday we picked more produce. I picked 4 zuccinis, 3 or 4 groups of lettuce, some chard swiss, and some peppers by accident. I thought they were ready but I actually pulled too hard. I sadly do not remember what I did on Thursday or Saturday.

July 31- August 4: I was on vacation.

August 7- August 11: On Tuesday I watered and picked the vegetables that I was going to enter in the county fair. I entered two zuccinis, 3 tomatoes, one cabbage, and one sunflower. On Thursday I came early to help pick flowers for the fair, then went to the fair to plate our produce. I later came for work and I watered and weeded my garden. On Saturday I was able to weed a row of my cucumbers, lettuce, and carrots thanks to the help of the other interns.

August 14- August 18: On Tuesday I watered and picked my zuccinis and tomatoes. On Thursday I watered, and weeded my carrots. Tracy also weeded my peppers for me. On Saturday I picked my tomatoes, zucchinis, and cabbage for the State Fair.

August 21- August 25: On Tuesday I watered and weeded. I also picked tomatoes, zucchinis, cabbage, and cucumbers. I was able to do all this thanks to the help of my two friends who came with me to help. On Thursday I weeded my carrots with the help of a friend and we thinned them taking those home. On Saturday I picked cabbage, tomatoe, and zucchini.

August 28- Sept. 1: On Tuesday I watered and picked. I picked my tomatoes. On Thursday I weeded and picked one tomatoes to take home.

ugust 21-26: weeded, watered, and harvested.

August 28- September 2: Weeded, watered, and harvsted all the dill and onions.

Leadership Project:

Problem: My name was spelt wrong on my check and I don't know if it can be cashed.

Solution: Go try to get it cashed

Test/Activity: Go to bank and try

Results: Can't get it cashed without the risk of a return meaning we would be charged.

Communication: I shared this with my group on June 30.

Leadership Skills: I used effective communication.

Problem: I don't know how to make zuccini brownies.

Solution: Get the recipe.

Recipe: 1/2 cup veg. oil

1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar

1 tbsp. Vanilla extract

2 cups all- purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp. Baking soda

1 tsp. Salt

3 cups finely shredded zucchini DON'T DRAIN

Test/Activity:Take to group to try. Results: They are delicious.

Communication: Shared it with my group on Saturday Jul. 21.

Leadership Skills: I believe I used Self- direction.

Problem: I want to let the Willamette Food Association Program post a recipe on their Facebook page. But what?

Solution: type out my zucchini brownie recipe.

Test/activity: Type out recipe on Google drive, almost exactly. Also added the website where it was found.

Communication: Told the group on September 1st.

Leadership skills: I think I used self -awareness.

Problem:I want to grow bigger tomatoes

Solution:Put blood meal on them

Test/activity: Put blood meal on half a row

Results: The blood meal seemed to have made the tomatoes bigger, but there were less ripe ones to pick. The no blood meal plants had smaller and more ripe ones to pick.

Communication: I told the group about this on Sept. 8.

Leadership skills: I think I used vision.