Summertime’s Progress

This is what July looks like in the school gardens…

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A miniature forest of unruly tomato plants sprawls in one of our raised beds. Students can look forward to an ample harvest of cherry tomatoes when they return in early September.

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The raspberry bed planted in spring now includes squash, red clover, calendula, borage, lemon balm, and anise hyssop with a student weaving project adorning its deer exclusion boundary. A few raspberry and squash plants were nibbled before the final ropes went up, but they’ve since recovered.

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Vaccinium angustifolium ripening. School staff and students have long been aware of the abundance of wild blueberries growing on campus. School gardeners sampled a few today.

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These French breakfast radishes were harvested today. And there’s plenty more where that came from.

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Prunella vulgaris and red clover in the mist. These wild inhabitants of the school landscape are both useful medicinal herbs.

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Calendula and garlic happily share a raised bed. We harvested garlic scapes today and look forward to our garlic harvest next month.

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A baby hawthorn tree and an elegantly wood chipped path are fine companions to the raspberry bed. We’re on the hunt for additional wood chips for more path-making.

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Anise hyssop and cheerful day lilies make up a border between the raised beds and the school building. The border includes medicinal herbs and beneficial insect-attracting plants. The plantings maximize growing space and help to beautify the raised bed area while keeping down weeds and minimizing maintenance.

3 comments

  1. First time seeing this. Really cool!

  2. Kari Medeiros · · Reply

    Really nice job !!! i’m taking the afternoon off next tue…..rain or shine. see you in the garden

  3. Terry Charlton · · Reply

    This website (and the gardens) are really wonderful. Thank you so much!
    — Terry Charlton

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