Thanks to the hard work of last year’s class, students in Urban Horticulture have been working on several fronts so far this semester. First, there’s work in the classroom trying to create a proposal for a backhoe. Secondly, there’s the maintenance and harvesting of last year’s kitchen garden beds. And thirdly, this year the school is adding another eight raised beds to its kitchen garden, so irrigation lines had to be dug, beds prepped and filled with compost (a generous donation from Tank’s Green Stuff), and new plantings established.
With the cooler fall weather, students harvested out the summer’s crops (including tons of purple sweet potatoes!), and prepared and seeded the beds for the cool season. They also prepared beds in the courtyard for growing plants with ollas (clay jars) in conjunction with the Field Studies class. The project was designed to see whether growing pak choi in soil with ollas or aquaponics produced better growth results and flavor, so a taste test at the end was necessary!