Today’s gardening activities were extra exciting because of the new wheelbarrows and bees houses. A new orange wheelbarrow, that is the perfect size for young gardeners, made it’s debut.
The wheelbarrow is perfect for young volunteers.
The young seedlings were planted. The orange hose stands out in the green grass. It’s bright colours helps gardeners find the hose and prevents trips and spills.
The garden containers have been mulched with a garden staple Sea Soil mulch.
Young volunteers arrive on green and orange scooters. Perfect garden colours .
Many volunteers make the garden come alive every Saturday morning.
The side garden was weeded. Dandelions had grown up amongst the gravel pathways.
A special cold adapted potatoe variety, was planted between the more traditional types. This potatoe is a traditional Tlingit crop from south east Alaska.
A wheelbarrow makes the perfect tool to move all sorts of stuff (children included)👍.
The typical cold and damp spring weather has delayed our ambitious planting schedule. In spite of the weather volunteers enjoy connecting with neighbours and fellow plant and garden enthusiasts.
Getting ready to celebrate Earth Day in the garden.
Children volunteer in the garden by weeding the blueberry patch.
The red currants are flowering.
Today in the garden, children planted peas, pruned suckers, planted lily of the valley corms, and learned more about what makes soil healthy.
Getting ready to celebrate Earth Day.
Student volunteers cut away the suckers from the base of the plum tree and red currant plants.
The potatoes have sprouted.
Community members volunteer to garden together. The produce that is grown in the garden is sold at the Saturday am produce sales.
All members of the UNA community are invited to join the garden volunteer program. In this program members of the community garden together every Saturday morning from 10:00 am – 12:00pm.
Steve solomon’s book “Gardening when it counts” has an excellent quite to using organic fertilizers in the garden.
The children’ garden only uses organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers release their nutrients slowly. Organic fertilizers must decompose in order to release their nutrients. The decomposition process is aided by the ecology of the living creatures that make up the living/biotic part of the soil. Soil temperature plays an important role in determing the rate of decomposition. Complete decomposition can take as long as 8 weeks. During this entire decomposition time the nutrients in the fertilizers are slowing being released.
Today the organic canola seed meal that is used to add nutrients to the soil was put on the garden.
All the kids helped to spread the fertilizer over the soil.
The seed meal is spread over the soil. In time the earthworms and other soil fauna will dig it into the ground.
The potatoes have yet to sprout.
All the volunteers helped out.
Today in the garden we looked at children’s gardening books and identified plants.
The beautifully illustrated book “The Big Book of Books” tackles interesting questions such as how slow can a snail go and how does a butterfly flutter?
The “Big Book of Bugs” has ben praised by reviewers. The pages are beautifully illustrated. The book is filled with many funny and interesting facts that will help children and adults to counteract any squeamishness they might have with this fun topic.
The title might suggest that this is a science book. The term “lab” is meant to encourage children and adults to try something new in the garden. The book has a fantastic collection of simple hands-on-activities for children to try.
The butterfly seeds that were sown several weeds ago have germinated and are waiting to be planted. The heavy rain and chilly weather has delayed the normal spring plantings.
The Children’s Garden has a section devoted to indigenous plants. Today the garden volunteers worked to identify and label these plants.
The Children Garden Stewards and volunteers are actively planning and working to attract bees to the garden. The book “Victory Gardens for Bees” is filled with excellent ideas on how to attract pollinators to the garden.
Lorii Weidenhammer’s book discusses strategies to help reverse the decline of bees. The book is easy to read. It helps readers understand more about the many bee species and why bees are critical to plant pollination.and what how gardeners can help to reverse bee decline by planting certain plants and herbs.
The blueberry plants have started to bloom. The heavy rains are keeping the bees away.
The red currants are starting to bloom.
The wet weather has kept the soil too wet and cold to plant. Today we looked at some interesting books on gardening.
A selection of indigenous plants are being identified and labelled.
A record breaking wet spring has meant that the soil in the garden is still too cold and wet to plant. Today was a perfect day to identify some of the plants in the garden and enjoy reading and looking at some of the beautiful children’s gardening books.
On Saturday March 26, 2017 the potatoes, onions and strawberries were planted in the garden.
Thank you to the youth volunteers who help to prepare the soil for planting. All community members are welcome to work in the garden.
Russian Blue potatoes, an early season variety, were planted.
Potatoes are planted 30 cm apart in rows that are spaced 90 cm apart. Potatoes need to be hilled twice. The wide spacing of the rows allows the potatoes to be hilled.
Community volunteers work in the garden and plant onion sets.
New strawberries plants were planted into the strawberry beds. Old plants were divided and re-planted.
Strawberry plants are planted to a depth so that the roots are completing covered.