Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30th Update

Starting today, we will now update the blog every week with photos and progress reports of our growth.

We have had 2 planting days so far; Monday Nov. 15th and Nov. 22nd.  A few observations...our soil is healthy and the plants are healthy.  This is important as healthy plants are less likely to have disease and insect problems. Also, garden vegetables like the cool and dry air that we enjoy during South Florida winters. Over the next few weeks as you watch the plants grow you will understand the importance of proper spacing.  One of the biggest mistake beginner gardeners make is crowding plants.  More on that later...

Enjoy today's photos and progress report and feel free to comment if you have any questions/observations.



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Temple Beth Am 4th Grader's Visit the Garden

On Monday, November 22nd, 4th Graders from Temple Beth Am Day School visited our garden to learn about farming in South Florida. We divided into three small groups where the kids got hands-on experience planting seeds with Tim Rowan and pineapples with Ethan Shapiro, completed a science lab with their teachers, and even started a plant propagation project with Daniella Tosta to continue at home.

The students will also experience the great taste of fresh food when they return during the harvest season for a special meal featuring produce they have studied and helped grow.

We had a wonderful time hosting the students and it was great to see everyone "get their hand's dirty" planting and learning about organic produce.  On behalf of the Members and Staff of Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club, we're thankful that the children were able to visit and plant their very own section of the garden.  We look forward to hosting them in the spring for a special harvest meal!

Here are some pictures from the event: