After the soil test results came back great we marked our borders and Pattonville's facilities arranged for 4096 square feet of sod to be cut for us. A big time saver and the excess sod was used to rehabilitate the entrance to the garden back into a green welcoming lawn.
The sod was moved and a first till to loosen soil and remove debris was performed and a measuring wheel used to mark the bed and paths.
First tilling done with some solid space left for bucket-loader to work shifting compost from front to back beds
Greg, Cachet, Joan, and I moving and spreading loads of compost into beds
Greg take his turn in the second tilling to incorporate three inches of compost into the garden beds.
Path debris cleared and edges shaped into four 28ft x 28ft beds with 5ft wide main paths and a 2ft outer margin
Annual ryegrass winter cover crop planted to condition soil texture, prevent winter erosion, store nutrients, and suppress weeds.
Base layer of fall leaves spread over main paths to mulch bare path soil with organic matter
Final gathering of fall leaves from around Pattonville. Thank you to the Harder Family and their neighbors for their generous curbside leaf bag donations.
A woven durable ground cover put over main paths and the entire garden mulched again with leaves
Ryegrass is winter-killed by below zero temperatures and ready for spring incorporation to the soil.
Pattonville received a thousand dollar grant for the garden from Sheila Magee, Bridget Jordan, and Bruce Norman of Chartwells
Joan Noss, Cachet Currie, Becky Pastor, and Simon Amies receiving our garden trellising grant from Michael Sorth, Director of Gateway Greening
Bridget & Kim with Home Depot Bridgeton's Bart & John. Home Depot in Bridgeton is supporting the garden by providing a garden storage shed and $125 in coupons to purchase tools.
Start of the garden library with volunteer signup and reading material about gardening and cooking
Power, light, water, and drain for a seedling table on the second floor balcony overlooking the garden
An assortment of seeds have been started: King Richard Leeks, Ruby Ring Onions, Stuttgarter Onions, Tropeana Lunga Onion, Yellow of Parma Onion, Toscano Kale, Red Russian Kale, Ripbor Kale, Blue Scotch Kale, Kalettes, Rhubarb Swiss Chard, Oriole Orange Swiss Chard, Giant Red Celery, Giant Prauge Celeriac, Early White Vienna Kohlrabi, Flamingo Spinach, Corvair Spinach, Giant of Italy Parsley, Roman Chamomile, Jersey Knight Asparagus, Red Marconi Peppers, Golden Marconi Peppers, Lipstick Peppers, Lunchbox Peppers, Syrian Goat Horn Peppers, El Jefe Jalapeno Peppers, Apple Pimento Peppers, Chervena Chushka Peppers, and Ancho 211 Peppers.
Cover crop trimmed to ground on two west quadrant beds and debris blown into paths.
Kale is ready to plant
Paths trenched with removed soil put on beds. Trenches filled with leaves, cover crop debris, and then peat for a mud free walking surface.
Each quadrant is patterned with alternating rows that are four foot wide and walking paths are two foot wide
Our early childhood kids planting kale, the first seedlings in the garden its first year.
Kale low tunnel covered with Agribon 15 for protection from the elements and later caterpillars.
Garlic bed (left) is now joined by onion(center) and peas(right) beds
Ameren and Nelson tree service delivers free load of fresh clean (no walnut, cedar, or vines) wood chips for garden.
Paths mulched with wood chips & rabbit fence built.
Bed for potatoes trimmed and paths trenched and filled with wood chips.
Peas beds path trenched and filled with wood chips ready for planting snap and snow peas.
Volunteers from Pattonville and other Gateway Greening gardens came together for a work day in the youth garden. The rabbit fencing got a top marker rope of neon green paracord, vinyl safety post caps, bottom edge secured with landscape staples, and mulched with wood chips. The potato bed was trenched and mounded and the greens and beans beds were patched and leveled. Potatoes, red celery, celeriac, red onions, yellow onions, Swiss chard, kohlorabi, kalettes, snap peas, snow peas, spinach and parsely were planted.
With the other seedlings now out in the garden. the peppers have the space to be divided and up potted. The tomato seedlings are emerging and starting to put on true leaves.
Inside fence path mulched with more wood chips and beets sown
First trellis tunnel & pea trellis built. Spinach, Lettice, Carrots, Radish, Parsnips, Brussel Sprouts, Boc Choy, Red & Green Cabbage Planted
Second trellis tunnel built, four zone irrigation installed, tomatoes repotted, and tomatoes & peppers beds prepared.
Elephant ears bed created and planted to absorb excess rain, first picnic table moved in, concrete bird bath at center of garden, and lawn weeded chemical free with Fiscals Uproot tool then over seeded with fescue and a variety of clovers.
Early Childhood students help plant peppers!
First banana tree planted by early childhood
Perimeter fence gets installed
The row cover comes off the kale
The garden is growing great during the summer while the kids and teachers are away
First canna blooms
Sunflowers start to bloom
A group of volunteers from Abengoa help us get the garden back into shape for the kids return
And the kids are back!
Weekly produce deliveries to schools resumes
Squash, carrots, tomatoes, and peppers being picked by the preschoolers
Carrots prove to be an exciting hit for preschoolers to pick
Sunflowers in bloom and seeds will be saved to distribute for kids to plant next year
The kids love love love Sungold cherry tomatoes
KMOV does a news story on the garden!
Maryville University volunteer group came out to help us get the garden ready for fall and break in our new old Troybilt horse rear tine tiller freshly services by Pattonville maintenance
The tomatoes and pepper harvest continues with buckets being sent to schools in rotation
One final harvest before the first fall frost and the best green tomatoes brought in to ripen inside the learning center
Two garden quadrants tilled, weeded, racked smooth, watered, and covered with UV stabilized greenhouse sheeting to solarize the soil
After solarizing cover crops of annual ryegrass are sown. The kale and chard will continue to be harvested till the winter temps dip below 15F
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”