Garden tasks

2 Sep

You probably noticed that there is a part of your grade reserved for “garden tasks.” Here’s what that means. Over the course of the semester, you can get 2.5% x 4 times for doing something that contributes to the maintenance, enjoyment or improvement of the garden. Most immediately, this includes tomorrow:

–taking notes of Thursday’s talk by Florence Nishida, clarifying any gaps, and posting, before next Tuesday’s class (2 people can do this, it’s probably easier to collaborate). Also, clearly write down what to do when you water the garden, and what to look for when you do;

–taking “before” and “after” photos of the bed we’ll plant, and posting, with captions, before Tuesday’s class;

–checking where the sun is at 9am: what part of the bed is sunny (using direction like east, west, etc.);

–after class, writing up an inventory of tools and putting them in the shed;

–going by Starbucks and picking up some coffee grounds & bringing them to the garden, to mix in the soil. They have a free coffee ground recycling program. You may want to call first and see how big the bags are, to make sure you can actually carry them, or whether you’ll need help or a car.

–turning the compost;

–after class is OK on this one: figuring out how people can post entries to the blog from a mobile phone–including photos. Write and post an entry and field questions about it, as resident expert. Tell me what I need to do, as administrator, or do it yourself (I will likely have to upgrade you temporarily for this).

If any of these grabs you, post a comment below, so other people will know the job is taken.

Lots more things will come up. And if you have a suggestion for something you want to do, by all means fly it by me. I’m sure your collective mind has a lot of good ideas. Tomorrow I’ll have a sign-up sheet for watering. There are about 84 days left till the last garden day. Conveniently, that means 3 watering days per person.

11 Responses to “Garden tasks”

  1. 808livin September 2, 2010 at 4:28 am #

    I (Bradley) can take notes during tomorrow’s lecture

  2. Ben Truong September 2, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    I will take the before and after pictures!

    • edibleeducation September 2, 2010 at 7:24 am #

      Sounds good! You might also keep an eye out, to see if there are any kinds of technique or process that might be good to document. Things that might be easier to remember, if there is a visual reference…

  3. sabrinam September 2, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    I (Sabrina) will also be happy to take notes during tomorrow’s gardening lecture

    • edibleeducation September 2, 2010 at 7:25 am #

      Great–you & Bradley can confab tomorrow & help each other out.

  4. Luke September 2, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I can go this weekend and get the coffee grounds

    • edibleeducation September 2, 2010 at 9:56 am #

      Great. Since we’ll plant about 1/2 the bed today, we won’t actually need them till we plant the rest–Sept 23. But it would be good to suss out their system, and find out how it works…so having them here by Sept 23 is cool. It will make for a nice comparison, in results, with the 2 differently treated soils…

  5. Haein an September 2, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    I want to check where the sun is at 9am and what part of the bed is sunny!!! 🙂

    • edibleeducation September 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

      OK, go for it. Check it at 9, then again when we are in class, and post how it compares–when we compare 9am, noon and watering time, we will have a better idea of how many hours of sunlight the plots are getting. And thus be able to judge better what to plant…

  6. catherjc September 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    I (Catherine) am taking pictures too!

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