Sunday, June 28, 2015

Growing Young Gardeners Club. Weeding and Composting.



The Growing Young Gardeners Club 
met for the third session at Wheeler Park on 1100 Dorset Street in South Burlington, Vermont on June 25, 2015. 


The Growing Young Gardeners Club is 
collaboration with the Machia Wilderness Camp
and the Burlington Garden Club




Weeding and Composting.

     Today we discovered somebody left the gate open during the past week-Oops! Some varmint entered the garden, and ate the corn plants, leaving not a nib. 

     Checking on our onion experiment, we find they are starting to make seed pods on top of the green stems. 


     We learned, today, to pull weeds gently so as to bring up the roots along with the top of the plant. After pulling the weeds we dumped them into the compost pile. They will eventually come back to the garden as healthy nutrient laden compost.

Quiz question of the day; What do gardening and community have in common? Read on for the answer. 



Bonnie handed out Machia Wilderness Camp hats.

Learning about compost.

















Learning what can be placed into the compost pile.


All vegetable waste goes into the compost pile.




Big sticks go in a separate brush pile. 


How long does it take to decompose?

In about one year the waste materials become compost.



This is the final product, rich brown odorless compost.



Ready for the garden.




Who is about to exit the green caterpillar tunnel?






We mound dirt up around the potato stalk to help it grow big potatoes. 


One piece of potato with an eye created a potato plant.













Each plant will produce about 5 to 10 potatoes.


Yes, that is a weed. Remember always place your garden tools face down when not in use. 



















Looks like rhubarb, but not.
The large leaves are burdock.
Its burrs, easily attach to clothes and fur,
were an inspiration to the development of Velcro.








Too many carrots too close together make small carrots. We want big carrots.




Pulling every other one

Weeding - plenty for everyone. 





Weeds destined for the compost pile.




Hot day

Is the compost pile as far away as those mountains?






The photos below show our garden's progress. Except for the corn plants which are in some critter's belly. 




 
 
 





What do gardening and community have in common? 
Both are instilled with commonly shared challenges and an abundunce of caring through sharing. ~Bernie

Click here to view issue # 1 Introduction to  Growing Young Gardeners Club.  
Click here to view  Week 1 Hands and Seed(lings) meet soil. (many photos)
Click here to view  Week 2 Lessons begin, seeds sprout, weeds emerge. Critters start harvest early, more seeds planted. 

Bernie publishes short stories and photos reflecting Vermont values of Green and Clean and Community. He urges us all to pick up litter in order to protect our water, wildlife, and human health. 
Bernie resides in South Burlington, Vermont