What a great weekend! Another huge piece of the garden plan was put in place on Saturday with the help of garden club members and SIS faculty, the hoop house. I had mentioned the dream of having a hoop house at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony back in October and at that time Mayor Lauretti had offered to help make that dream a reality. After many hours of planning and preparing the many different parts, including the gable end walls, the sideboard and baseboards, we had a weekend that was warm enough and without any snow. I showed up around 8 and snowplowed the little bit of snow that was in the area where the hoop house would be placed. Joe and his brother Chris, along with Iztihaad showed up around 9 as well as Mr. S, Mr. Yamnicky, Mrs. Marks, my father, and my good friend Danny rounded out the work crew.
Once started, things progressed very smoothly and the next thing we knew, the gable walls were temporarily supported, the ribs were all in place, and we began working on the ridge pole. While this was going on, a team of students and adults started placing the baseboards and sideboards that would need to be bolted to the frame.
There were very few hiccups, the most perhaps being some spent batteries on the cordless drills, and before noon, we were starting to pull the plastic over the house. An hour later after some pulling and stapling, we had completed the majority of the construction.
The only things left to work on now include putting up the doors, finishing off the windows, and the sides and building the pallet tables that we are going to have inside to put the seedlings on.
I am hopeful that the seeds will be making their way into the house by mid week!
I want to say a huge thank you to the great work crew that took time out of their Saturday Morning to come in and move the SIS Community Garden forward.
Check out the project here!
It has been a while since my last post, but that doesn't mean that the garden club hasn't been busy. We now have 7 new raised beds thanks to Mark Beyer Carpentry and Design, who wanted to help out with the SIS garden. They will be filled with soil this spring and will soon be home to many great veggies. I have also met with many helpful Shelton master gardeners who have given great input and advice to help make this spring a successful growing season.
The SIS Garden Club has been very busy during Flex! club meetings on Wednesdays. We have been spending a lot of time down in the workshop designing, building, and painting everything from 30' long hoop houses to garden markers, to bean poles. Check out the pictures on the projects page to see the efforts of their hard work.
The possibility for a summer garden program is also looking very promising. Please check the mail for the extended school year program offerings and sign your child up for the garden course.
Lastly, I just had a wonderful conversation with Jennifer from Johnny's Selected Seeds from Maine. She was very helpful and offered great advice and suggestions to help with the SIS garden. The garden club will soon be placing their first seed order. Vegetables are likely to include broccoli, cabbage, calendula (marigolds), kale, lettuce, beets, asparagus, swiss chard, and onions. These will be germinated indoors, transplanted to the hoop house, and eventually make their way to the garden beds. The inaugural SIS Community Garden Tomato Seedling Sale is also starting to take shape. Jennifer had some wonderful ideas and the Garden Club is excited to be offering organic slicing and cherry tomato seedlings for sale in early May. More information will follow for this wonderful opportunity to support the students of the SIS Garden Club.
That's if for now.
I just wanted to take a minute to stop and thank all of the people who have had a hand in making this garden get off the ground. With all large projects, there are going to be hiccups and things may take a little longer than anticipated, however, I really think that we are doing very well and can't wait until spring when the garden can truly come alive.
So whether you are staying close or traveling far, please be safe and have a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.
We had a very rushed yet productive morning yesterday during FLEX! The schoolwide composting program has been running in the cafe for a few weeks now and we are seeing lots of students really getting involved and discarding their trash properly. There are still a bunch of mistakes however, so in order to try and simplify the process and lessen the mistakes being made, the Garden Club decorated 2 lids that are going to be placed over the bin. We also restructured the Sort Lines so that there were less options for discarding trash. Right now, it is only "compost", "Recycle", and "trash".
The early reports are that the number of trays and milk cartons in the compost bins have been reduced, however there are still some trays in there. This is remarkable because the hole is not large enough to fit a tray through it!
We are going to keep brainstorming ways to reduce the mistakes that are being made. In the meantime, for those of you who are paying attention, we thank you.
If you have any ideas or suggestions for reducing the mis
WOW! If you had told me 6 months ago that the garden project would have come this far, I wouldn't have believed you. I remember coming in over April Vacation and building those first five beds and being so excited to get them in the ground. And that was just the start. We now have over 300' feet of fencing that was installed over the summer. Huge thanks to Mr. S, Mr. Gray, Mr. David, Mr. Saranich, Mr. Fusti, and everyone else who showed up to try and dig through the dirt (stones!)
We have already harvested over 150 pounds of food and are on our way. Newspaper articles, state citations, and ceremonies! It has been a very exciting first month of school. The garden club had their first real day in the garden this morning planting garlic with Master Gardener - Mary King. We are looking forward to seeing those buds come up in April. We also harvested all the pumpkins and gourds that were started in the summer. They will soon be flying over the back field at the hands of student design and build trebuchets!
We have come so far in only 6 short months, I am very excited and eager to see where the garden is in another 6 months. Check back soon!