Friday, July 30, 2010

TESC explores alternatives

Here is an article from the Olympian about TESC's exploration about becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

First Harvest!

This Wednesday, we sampled our first golden heirloom tomato and harvested a box of boc choy

Rosemary models the first pick

Tanya samples a tasty morsel

Amanda holds the crop of boc choy. It was split between all who showed up to the work party. A portion went home to the Thurston County Food Bank with the food bank volunteers who came to help us garden.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More Color!

Lately, colors of paint cans have been stacking up high in the garden shed and the garden is doubling as a mini art studio

Last week, Bridge students stopped by and helped us paint the bird houses that SMU writing specialist Cholee Gladney and music professor Brad Schrandt built for the garden fence

students Amanda and Rosemary painted demo houses before the Bridge students arrived

Turns out we have a crop of creative and helpful students this year

They got right to work and did an inspired job. Welcome to campus!

Monday, July 26, 2010

What's Growing on in the Learning Garden

The garden has finally begun producing enough goodies we were obliged to share. Last Wednesday our volunteers were able to sample the Learning Garden's first ripe tomato, and take some of our boc choy home with them.

This week we have started harvesting the radishes.

The tomatoes continue to tempt us, by looking delicious.

A curious phenomenon is taking over the strawberry patch. This is the last known picture of this one. *Yum.*

This unfortunate phenomenon seems also to have spread to the raspberry box...

The squash has begun to develop fruit.

The sunflowers and corn continue to climb skyward.

The broccoli we planted last week is doing well.

And the newest blueberry plant is flourishing, though I have no idea where all the ripe berries went...

So that's what's been growing on in the garden.
Thanks to everyone who have been following us here, on the blog, and volunteering your time to help paint, harvest, weed, water, and keep our garden looking beautiful.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Garden Update...

There has been a lot of gardening going on. As you can see from all the pictures that are posted on here we have been busy. With all the help from the volunteers we got this garden up and running. We have many different vegetables growing and fruit. One plant just grew the first berry over the weekend and I got the joy of eating it, but not before I took a picture of the raspberry. They seem to be having a hard time growing right now but after seeing that one berry I have faith that those raspberries will grow.

Another update is that we are now having deer or some other kind of animal come up to the garden and they seem to like the carrots and strawberries because that is the only bed that seems to have their foot prints. Looks like we are going to be needing to build a fence to keep them out. That is going to be the next project to come.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Garden Celebration and Blessing

See this article about the celebration in the Olympian.

Abbot Neal blesses the garden with holy water

President Heynderickx speaks

We eat a delicious cake made by Bon App├ętit

Prof. Shawn Newman leads a ukulele sing along

Enjoying the garden

Watching it grow

We add our own wishes and blessings to the garden wall

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Art in the Garden

Artist Bill Wilson donates his metal sculpture to our garden! You can also check out Wilson's work at the Monarch Sculpture Garden.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

In one month!

We started the garden on June 2, 2010. By July 2, 2010 this is what it looks like! Thanks to the SMU and local community volunteers. Now let's celebrate! Come to the garden tomorrow at 1pm for some food, drinks, music and blessing by Abbot Neal.

grass and weeds - blank slate

tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peas, bok choi, sun flowers, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, currants, onions, carrots, new shed, worms, art and more!

from imagining the possibilities

to making it happen

and taking care of the garden