Katie's Garden

Intern Profile

I want to work at the garden because: I wanted to have a summer job.

Two of my personal goals for working at the Dallas Youth Garden this summer are:

1. I hope to harvest expected yield.

2. To meet new people.

Two things I hope to learn for working at the Dallas Youth Garden are:

1. I want to learn how to deal with garden pests.

2. I hope to learn the responsibilities of having a job.

I think my biggest challenge will be: Getting caught up when I miss planting days from track meets or dealing with bugs.

My favorite vegetable or fruit is: Cherry tomatos because when I was little my dad told me they were candy.

I hope to contribute this to the garden this year: I hope to contribute positivity to the garden and to help anyone that needs a hand.

Garden Plan:

Vegetables and Flowers Planted (list in order):

  • Marigold

  • Lettuce

  • Radish

  • Bush Beans

  • Beets

  • Green Zucchini

  • Carrots

  • Beets

  • Yellow Zucchini

  • Pole Beans

  • Yellow Squash

  • Cabbage

  • Tomato

  • Peppers

  • Crookneck Squash

  • Acorn Squash

Rows of vegetables planted: 16

Number of different kinds of vegetables planted: 13

Planned Garden Yield: 378

Total Biggest Producer: Zucchini

Time Sheet:

May Days Off: 2

Extra Days: 0

Days Late: 1

June Days Off: 0

Extra Days: 1

Days Late: 2

July Days Off: 1

Extra Days: 1

Days Late: 0

August Days Off: 4

Extra Days: 0

Days Late: 0

September Days Off: 0

Extra Days: 1

Days Late: 0

Total Days Off: 4

Final Thoughts:

My favorite vegetable was Pole beans or Zucchini

Because: There was always so much to pick because the plants produced a lot

My most productive vegetable was Green Zucchini and I harvested 145.7 Pounds.

My least productive vegetable was __ Cabbage__ and I harvested_ 4.5_ Pounds.

My total harvest for the year was _ 351.5_ Pounds.

My favorite job was: Harvesting

My least favorite job was: Weeding

I could have done better at: Thinning and Weeding

I did the best I could doing: Answer

The two things I learned most at the garden this year were:

1. Mulching was very helpful so I didn't have to weed more

2. Thats its very important to thin so you get bigger vegetables

Garden Log:

May 1-7: Zoom meetings and planned my garden

May 8-14: Planted my garden

May 15-21: Planted my garden

May 22-28 : Finished planting my garden

May 29-June 4: Mulching gardens and thining

June 5-11: Finished mulching gardens and thining

June 12-18: Harvesting radishes and put up fence for pole beans and put tomato cages up and weeding

June 19-25: Weeding and finishing up harvesting radishes

June 26-July 2: Weeding and harvesting zucchini

July 3-9: Harvesting zucchini and lettuce and weeding

July 10-16: Weeding and harvesting zucchini and some lettuce

July 17-23: Harvesting zucchini, yellow squash, and beets and weeding, and started my pepper project

July 24-30: Weeding and harvesting zucchini, yellow squash, and beets

July 31- August 6: Weeding and harvesting squash and pole beans

August 7-13: Weeding and harvesting squash and pole beans

August 14-20: Weeding and harvesting squash, pole beans, one tomato, and beets

August 21-27: Gone on vacation

August 28- Septemeber 4: Harvesting pole beans, tomatoes, peppers, and squash

September 5-11:

Recipe: Bruschetta


3 roma tomatoes (I had from my garden)

1 garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

5 leaves of basil

pinch of parmesan cheese

pinch of salt

pinch of black pepper

1 sourdough baguette

How to Cook It:

In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, basil, and garlic. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

Drizzle oil olive on the sourdough bread slices. Serve the mixture of tomatoes and other ingredients on the bread slices.


Food Assistance:

Date Attended: August 18th

What did you help with? I helped by giving produce to people who wanted some.

What were people like? The people were nice and curious of what I was doing.

What did you learn? I learned that not many people know that were giving out free produce because some people think were selling them but many people will take some knowing its free.

Garden Project/Problem Solved

Problem: Some of my peppers are growing pretty slow.

Solution: I will put tin foil around my pepper plants so they can absorb more heat to grow more.

Test/Activity: I'm putting foil around half of my peppers to test the growth compared to ones without foil.

Results: The pepper plants with tin foil around them grew taller but the plants that had no tin foil have grown more peppers in a month progress.

Data: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hJ--G2l6fMbTyx_oAaZ7MXkBjLojCh65ALsfgyd63cU/edit

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/12-little-known-tricks-to-make-this-year-s-vegetable-garden-a-success-54343

Garden Project 2:

Date: July 25th

Organization: Art In The Park / Rotary Breakfast

People Encountered: 2

Presentation: Hi I work at the Dallas youth garden as an intern, do you want to know more about the Dallas Youth Garden? (Sure) We're summer interns and we mange a large garden with a variety of vegetables. (Where is it were located?) We're located behind Lutheran trinity church, heres a brochure with more details.

How it went: I was a bit nervous but I had a fun group to work with at the booth and there wasn't that many people stopping by.

Why was it important to do this: It was important to spread awareness and it also might interest some kids do work at the garden in the future.

What did you learn: I learned that it was helpful not to be so nervous and once you start talking it would get easier.