Happy Harvest at the School Garden

Today I was invited to San Carlos Park Elementary to see the progress the children made this year on the gardens. I was surprised by the number of excited kids, the great work they had done and the quality of their produce. The surprise continued with their appreciation for the work we did to make…

School Garden Update

The garden at San Carlos Park Elementary looks great. The teachers and students are doing an excellent job of weeding and watering their crops.

Rounds on the Ground

Thanks to Mark, the owner of Artful Gardens in Buckingham, for cutting and donating these pine pavers. Judging by the rings, these came from a 40 year old tree. Like any pavers, you don’t just drop them on the ground. I raked the mulch away, then dug down about an inch in the sand for…

Beds Intact, Tools In Boxes

After an historic rain event (7″ in three days) I expected soil and mulch to be washed into the next county, but they were unscathed. The beds are level and the mulch is thick so all these bulky materials just settled down. I just stocked the tool box benches with new gardening tools. The short…

Beds, Soil, Mulch, and Rain

The weather cooperated with our plan. Thursday morning nearly 20 men, women, and children showed up at 7:30, eager to move a mountain…of potting soil. It rained all night but paused long enough for us to shovel five yards of soil into wheelbarrows, walk it 300 feet to fill vacant planter boxes, then spread a pallet…

Garden Benches

Every garden needs tools and a place to store them. For the San Carlos Park Elementary garden I came up with the idea of combining a storage box and a bench. Typical chair height for adults is 16″ but for children it’s 12″ so I made one for each size. The frame is pressure-treated lumber lined with T-11 siding, topped…

Mark Out the Beds

Now is the time to drive stakes and mark where the beds will be at San Carlos Park Elementary. Next week we begin building raised beds.

Ground Breaking!

No ceremony here, just hard work. My son John and I cranked up the rototiller and prepared the garden area at San Carlos Park Elementary.  We agreed to work until it ran out of gas or the temperature exceeded 90. But within two hours we had tilled the 14×50 area four times and we ran…

Bird Feeder

This bird feeder will go to San Carlos Park Elementary in the new garden. I tried to lean on the arts theme and included a little whimsical element with the colored pencils. It’s made from Florida cypress, both solid and pecky for textural interest. It is four feet tall but I will mount it on…

Before: San Carlos Park Elementary garden area

This is where we will be building a vegetable garden, in the courtyard. The first idea was to have one raised bed made of concrete blocks that the students will paint. But then I got creative: let’s make eight smaller gardens in different shapes, made of different materials. I can imagine every classroom coming out…