Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Wicking Bed Experiment in The Giving Garden

Mrs. Beiter and Mrs. Miller, our garden experts, have added something very exciting and new to The Giving Garden this summer.  Two new beds were built, thanks to Mr. Braden, and one was made into a Wicking Bed.  Wicking beds are used a great deal in Australia where the climate is very hot and dry.  Plastic lines the bottom of the bed and a layer of gravel is put down before the soil is added.  A large plastic pipe is sticking out of the bed and water is put in that pipe delivering much-needed moisture to the bottom of the bed keeping the plants' roots just moist enough.  We have had a hot and dry July, so this is an ideal way to keep bed watered.  Our other new bed does not have this -- so the students can compare when they get back which plants are healthier and growing more robustly. If this works well, we would like to do this for all of our beds in The Giving Garden.

The Giving Garden in July

Stop by The Giving Garden and see all the veggies and flowers and plants the school children planted this spring.  You will be amazed!

Eating Peas Straight off the Vine

Evidence that kids do eat peas.  Peas are so delicious when plucked from the vine and eaten fresh out of the pod.

Summertime 2011 in The Giving Garden

School may be out for the summer but there is much to learn in The Giving Garden during the summer months.  Every week a different family or business tends to the garden -- watering, weeding, and harvesting.  There is always something new to see and experience.  Take a look at cook Romanesco Broccoli and the colorful, vibrant flowers...There is so much "GROWING ON" IN THE GIVING GARDEN!

Romanesco Broccoli -- The Great Veggie Adventure is Growing Strong in The Giving Garden

Take a look at something really, really cool.  A floret of a Romanesco Broccoli -- this is a veggie that is in the cauliflower family actually.  It can be eaten raw or cooked. It is crunchy and nutty. Try it dipped in ranch or sauteed with garlic (also grown in the garden!)  We will be cooking up some Romanesco Broccoli for a taste test this September when the children get back to school.  I

The Giving Garden--The Featured Garden on the 2011 Hamburg Garden Walk