Archive | April, 2012

Good News! from the National Gardening Association

30 Apr – Grant Program Notification 4/30/12 5:46 PM

April 23rd, 2012 Dear Gardening Friend & Educator,

Congratulations! Your organization was selected as one of 20 award winners from a pool of more than 800 inspiring applicants for the 2012 Jamba Juice®“It’s All About the Fruit and Veggies”$500 Grant Award administered by the National Gardening Association and funded by Jamba Juice!Your program was selected because your application illustrated a combination of clearly stated goals, organized planning for your garden, well-developed plans for incorporating health and nutrition into the curriculum, and purposeful use of your garden harvest. We are delighted to have this opportunity to support your garden education program.As an award winner, you are receiving $350 in garden supplies and a check for $150 towards the purchase of soil amendments and plantings. All checks have been drafted to the applying organization or school program.National Gardening Association appreciates the support Jamba® provides for youth garden programming. We would encourage you students to share their gratitude. We would be happy to pass along thank-you notes to the address listed below and will make sure to get them to Jamba Juice, our sponsor for these grants.2012 Jamba Juice “It’s All About the Fruit & Veggies” Grant
1100 Dorset Street
South Burlington, Vermont 05403

In addition to your award, Jamba offers additional ways to earn valuable funding for your program through fundraising and their Sip to Support a Garden™ swipe card fundraising program. Visit the Jamba Juice website or contact your local Jamba Juice store and ask to speak to a General Manager.

As a winner of this year’s grant program we need to hear from you! Please and a letter of acceptance. Please note that by accepting this award we will require a follow-up report from you. All winners are asked to complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete a pre-gardening survey, instructions will be emailed to the primary contact for this program
  2. A post-gardening survey emailed to all primary contacts at the end of the summer
  3. 5-10 digital photos with parental release forms (forms are available at
  4. A one-page summary documenting the garden’s progress

If you have any questions please feel free to write care of my attention at the address or email noted below.

We look forward to hearing from you and hearing more about your program.

Happy Gardening,
Amanda Wiggins
Grants Coordinator


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Cool find! Living wall indoor/outdoor planters + chalkboard paper

27 Apr

I found this Woolly Pocket planter at ModulaR on Atlantic (super cool new design store–spent way too much) and I’m thinking they might be a “tasteful” option to hang on the fence for communal herb gardens. Also like that they are self-watering, can be used indoor or out, and may last for next year…The mini ones I got cost about 19. but if we liked them I’d reach out to the manufacturers and try to get a discount (they have a school garden plan but I’m not sure we’d qualify)

Also picked up some adhesive chalkboard— thinking we might try it for plant markers (mounted on rocks or other small items)or temporary signs…Not sure exactly what we’d do with it–but I see potential!


Varmint-proof Covered Raised Salad Bed

26 Apr

Varmint-proof Covered Raised Salad Bed

Just an idea:

Shari’s garden plan, Take 2

26 Apr

How’s this for a reproduction of Shari’s map?  Pretty amazing, right?  I need to go through the lists of seedlings everyone sent and make sure we have places for everything, but it should all work out . . .



Shari’s Sketch of Planned Beds

25 Apr

This doesn’t do justice to the graphics on the  word document that Shari created and shared (check the original), but I wanted to try to get it up on our blog, for the visual record/archives.  The communal bed is missing (should be next to root veggies) but otherwise the bare bones kinda translate…




Tomato & Basil Bed

Tomatoes (with rope growing mechanism – Alison)


Perennial Bed


This bed needs protection!


Trellis Bed


Snap peas

Whole beans


Root Veggies

This bed needs protection!





Swiss chard

Experimental Bed

Plant seedlings found around the garden area

Plant more root veggies to compare what happens with more soil depth.


15 Apr

Just had to post Dennis’ photo of the tulips in the play area’s shade garden (thanks to Francesca and the kids that planted them last November!).


Aren’t they amazing?

So we have hardware cloth . . .

7 Apr

Dennis bought some hardware cloth to make some kind of protection for seedlings when we move them outside (both when we “harden off” the seedlings before transplanting, and after transplanting; could also protect seeds we plant directly in the ground), but we ran out of time to build before we left town.  Anyone interested in taking up the challenge?  The hardware cloth is in the garden and awaits a creative mind!

I’m not sure what we might want . . . some possible ideas are in the pics below, my thinking wasn’t that we’d make something that we’d keep on the whole season, just long enough to protect the season, maybe also until the seedlings are big enough to keep the cats from thinking these are litter boxes.  We could, of course, make something more durable and attractive . . .



While I was noodling around on the web looking for ideas, I ran into a lot of talk of cold frames for extending the outdoor season . . . I think the pics below are from e-how, and I thought they looked pretty cool:



Just thinking for the future . . .


UPDATE:  As noted in the comments below, there should be exactly 3′ by 6′ of hardware cloth; Dennis’ idea was to just lay the hardware cloth on top of one of the new raised beds (or even be stapled or nailed to the top of the bed), just to provide a short term “hardening off”/move to the outdoors step for the seedlings if they’re getting leggy or otherwise unhappy in our apartments. This might be a good idea, but we should be thinking about what we want to do when we transplant and plants seeds directly in the ground . . .

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