I want to work at the garden because:
I love the environment that this job brings, as well as the learning experience,and the ability to give back to the community.
Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are:
1. To keep my garden well weeded.
2. To do a creative leadership project.
Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are:
1. How to get rid of specific bugs.
2. To learn how to prune my carrots properly.
I think my biggest challenge will be:
Making sure to not over water my tomatoes.
My favorite vegetable or fruit is:
I think a leader is:
A leader is a dependable person, that can often handle decision making with ease. They look out for everyone around them, and always look at all aspects of a problem before attempting a solution.
I hope to contribute this leadership skill to the garden this season:
I want to be a dependable person that people can ask when they have a problem, and a person that is always on task and completing the given work.
Vegetables and Flowers Planted (in order):
Marigolds, Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions, Radishes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Crook Neck Squash, Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, Beans, Beets, Leeks, Tomatoes, Peppers, and Zinnias.
Rows of vegetables planted: 16
Number of different kinds of vegetables planted: 14
Planned Garden Yield: 300 pounds
Total Biggest Producer: Zucchini
May Days Off: 0
Extra Days: 0
June Days Off: 0
Extra Days: 0
Days Late: 0
July Days Off: 0
Extra Days: 1
Days Late: 0
August Days Off: 3
Extra Days: 2
Days Late: 1
September Days Off: 0
Days Late: 0
Total Days Off:
My favorite vegetable was patty pans
Because: I grew them, and they look kinda like flowers.
My most productive vegetable was zucchini and I harvested 175.9 Pounds.
My least productive vegetable was beans and I harvested 4.9 Pounds.
My total harvest for the year was 342.1Pounds.
My favorite job was: Picking squash, because I usually harvested a lot.
My least favorite job was: Watering, because it takes a long time.
I could have done better at: Watering more consistently.
I did the best I could doing: picking the right size of produce.
The two things I learned most at the garden this year were:
1. Make sure to prune, and thin your plants.
2. Make sure to plants your onions deeper into the ground than I did the first time.
May 4-9: Finished my garden plan and started planting.
May 12-16: We continued to plant our gardens, and once watered our transplants.
May 19-23: Still continuing to plant, and starting on our leadership projects. We should be done with planting by the end of next week.
May 26-30: I finished planting my garden, and had three extra rows at the end, we also ended up with the "masked gardeners" for our shirts.
June 2-6: We watered and weeded well to insure that our plants were not stunted due to the lack of weeding, and made our signs.
June 9-12: This week we really hammered down on the weeding, and made sure to set some of the paper and straw down to prevent further weeds from arriving.
June 16-20: We weeded in between our rows and started to lay straw down in between the rows, and we also covered the pathway to everyone's garden in bark chips.
June 23-27: We laid straw down and we also weeded in between our rows, and watered.
June -July 4: We continued to lay straw down for some people who didn't finish last week, and weeded and watered like normal close to the plants.
July 7-11: We started to pick two of our squashes, and we continued to water our plants and pick flowers off of tomatoes.
July 14-18: We continued to pick our zucchini and crook neck squash stopped picking the flowers off most of my squashes, and put fish fertilizer on the squashes and tomatoes.
July 21-25: We just watered and weeded out plants as usual, and also continued to pick a variety of squash.
July 28-August 1: I picked some of my patty pans along with the rest of my squash, and I noticed that my tomatoes are growing really well.
August 4-8: Continued to pick and water as normal, and we stopped picking the flowers off of the peppers, and I picked all of my beets which came to a total of 41 pounds.
August 11-15: This week we picked our squashes and zucchini, I noticed that my patty pans are growing quite nicely. Our flowers have bloomed, though mine need more water. I also need to water my squashes more, but I did do a lot of weeding in my old beet rows as well as weeding in between my plants.
August 18-22: Weeded and watered as usual, I’ve been picking my beans, zucchini, and squash. Around this time we are also pruning our tomato plants and finishing up our leadership projects for this month.
August 25-29: We prunes our tomatoes, and I picked all of my carrots, and I also continued to water and weed as usual.
September 1-5:We watered tomatoes, squash, and peppers. We also picked out squashes and overall just started to rap things up.
June Leadership Project:
Problem: People need to know more about us and the garden.
Solution: We made T-shirts to advertise our garden.
Test/Activity: We had to make design and color for the shirts.
Results: People chose the "masked gardeners", and a blue color for the background of the shirt.
Communication: I made a group chat to share our phrases and ideas for the shirt front.
July Leadership Project:
Problem: Some people don't know a lot about their plants in general.
Solution: I do some research about some specific conditions and situations that my plants thrive in.
Test/Activity: I make a presentation on Prezi.
Results: I did some plants including beets, beans, and carrots.
Communication: I had to create a plan and layout ideas, before I got to this one, and take responsibility to search for all this myself.
August Leadership Project:
Problem: There was a shortage of volunteers and they needed for people to help give out the food that was donated from the Dallas Youth Garden.
Solution: A few people came to volunteer and we helped to distribute the food to oncoming cars that were waiting to get food boxes.
Test/Activity: We went out with carts and ask people who were in line if they wanted anything, and there was no limit so they were allowed as much food as they wanted.
Results: We got all the food gone by around 2:45pm, given that we started giving out food around 1:00pm.
Communication: We had to ask strangers if they wanted the food, and we had to communicate to the other volunteers about which car we already asked, and if they needed anymore food,etc.
Bonus Leadership Project:
Problem: Some people may not have the best sense of what the job is like when applying, besides just going off the facts from the pamphlets given out to those who are interested, and the website as it does not give a direct opinion or point of view of someone who's worked there before.
Solution: I make a website that can show people my experience as well as some others opinions about it, so it could give people a better understanding of the work environment.
Test/Activity: I tried to make a website using HTML and a bit of CSS to show more about the Dallas Youth Garden.
Results: I wasn't able to obtain a domain to make it an official website that can be viewed by others by looking up the url, but I did use HTML to write and turn my idea into a file which is still sharable directly.
Communication: I had to ask if this would be a decent project, and then I had to ask again when I realized that I couldn't get the domain. I also had to go out and ask people what they knew, and ask about others opinions of the Dallas Youth Garden.