The garden is up and running. We have yellow crooknecked squash, patty pan and (only one) zucchini. The lettuce, strawberries and chard are plentiful and delicious. The three sisters garden is growing strong, beans are creeping up the poles, pumpkins are running and the corn is about 3 feet high. Tomatoes, hot peppers, bush beans, carrots and acorn squash are waiting for their turn.
The shed is painted and stained, thanks to Chris Peterson, Christina and Chuck.
I have figured out the irrigation system, actually reading the instruction manual works!
Slowly the weeds are cleared and composted, pathways and beds created, and the infrastructure that will set the areas and usage in the garden for years to come emerge. We have come a long way from the barren patch of dirt with irrigation bibs and our earliest days of classroom boxes and the butterfly garden. One of my favorite excursions was browsing through the seed bank in Petaluma for heirloom seeds. Due to our seed saving and with the greenhouse operational, many of the plants in the garden are our own starts, and we can plant seeds in August for a winter garden of beets, cabbage, onions, garlic, kale, carrots, peas, broccoli and cauliflower. As each pathway is laid and new bed created, the long held vision for a year round, educational garden are less flight of fancy and more actuality.