I want to work at the garden because:
I have worked at the garden the past two years, and every year I learn something new. The grades also feels like a second home. It is so peaceful and filled with
love when you show up.
Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are:
1. I want to be better at looking at the details this year, and not just the big picture.
2. I want to have a lot my production then past years.
Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are:
1. I hope I learn so new tips about gardening.
2. I hope to learn a safe balance between details and big picture.
I think my biggest challenge will be:
I think it will be getting in to the details. I have a really hard time with this, but I meet to work on it.
My favorite vegetable or fruit is:
I think a leader is:
A leader is someone who isn’t afraid to step up and talk carve of a situation. A leader may not know what to do but will figure it out in order to get it done.
I hope to contribute this leadership skill to the garden this season:
I am very good at talking to people and getting some bigger things accomplished.
Vegetables and Flowers Planted:
zinnia, Butternut squash, Radish, carrots, Beets, Leeks, Zucchini, Acorn Squash, marigold, Yellow squash, Beets, Onions, Carrots, Tomatoes, Peppers, Crookneck Squash, cabbage/Beans
Rows of vegetables planted: ?
15 if you include tomatoes
Number of different kinds of vegetables planted: ?
14 different kind of veggies have been planted
Planned Garden Yield: ?
340 is my planned yield
Planned Biggest Producer: ?
Days Off: 0
Extra Days: 0
Days Off: 1
Extra Days: 0
Days Late: 0
Days Off: Extra Days: 1
Days Late: 1
Days Late: 1
Total Days Off:
My favorite vegetable was acorn squash.
Because: I have never grown this kind of squash and it was a different kind of experience. It grows a different way than the other squash we grow. This made it more fun for me.
My most productive vegetable was Zucchini and I harvested 125 Pounds.
My least productive vegetable was radish and I harvested 5 Pounds.
My total harvest for the year was 375.7 Pounds.
My favorite job was: Tomato time with Sophia and Kayla.
My least favorite job was: Weeding because it always grows faster than I can pull.
I could have done better at: weeding my garden
I did the best at: Tomato time because for some odd reason I am very good at it.
The two things I learned most at the garden this year were:
1. How to be both safe and productive during this rough time.
2. How to get around many rough patches.
May 9: Finished plan and started planting.
May 16: I planted 3 different kinds of squash and some other seeds.
May 23:I am almost done planting my garden.
May 30: I’M DONE PLANTING!! I also corrected my squash hills.
June 6: I only made it to work Tuesday. That day I weeded and made my sign.
June 13:I weeded and replanted a few seeds because only part of the row popped up.
June 20: We almost finished the straw in my garden, I weeded, watered, and pulled the little flowers off of the plants
June 27: We finished the all of the straw we were laying down and now my garden is almost weed free! Of course we weeded and watered all of the plants!
July 4: I weeded and watered my garden
July 11: We did some straw one the sides of the garden.
July 18:I thinned my carrots and beets.
July 25: I got to put fish fertilizer on my squash and weeded and watered of course.
August 1: I weeded my brains out and I watered the dickens out of my garden!
August 8: I weeded and watered.
August 15: I weeded and watered and I also brought a Dallas High School Dragon mask for Amelia.
August 22: I weeded and I watered and I had tomato time.
August 29: I weeded and I watered and had more tomato time.
June Leadership Project:
Problem: Not enough people know about the garden.
Solution: Make T-shirts
Test/Activity: Make T-Shirts
Results: Everyone liked the shirts we made.
Communication: This promotes our garden to others.
July Leadership Project:
Problem: Not everyone knows how to cook squash
Solution: Make a recipe
Test/Activity: The squash turned out very good and very well liked
Results: That is one way of making squash
Communication: More people know how to make squash
Grilled squash recipe:
seasoning (to taste)
1)cut open the squash and brush oil and seasoning over it.
2)Put on the grill. They only need to be cooked for a few minutes on each side.
August Leadership Project:
Problem: Half of my garden grows slower than the other.
Solution: Do an evaluation to see if one side is more clay like.
Test/Activity: I got a handful of wet dirt from both sides
Results: The left side is a more clay like. I would say the left two steps higher in clay than the right.
Communication: It shows us that we need more manure on the left half of my garden.
Extra Leadership Project:
Problem: Do you need to prune your tomatoes
Solution: Sophia and I both pruned our tomatoes at different times.
Test/Activity: I pruned my a month before Sophia.
Results: We found that my tomatoes ripened much sooner than hers did.
Communication: It helps others to know pruning helps ripen the tomatoes
The link below explains that when you prune the tomatoes you refocus the energy. In stead of the plant having a bigger quantity, you have better quality.