Friday, February 3, 2012

Successes and Failures...

So a lot of our veggies are really doing well but we have also experienced some little failures.
Our proud cucumbers

For example, we planted some cucumbers but many seedlings did not make it.  You can see in this picture that we have a couple of cucumber plants climbing poles.  Those are the ones that did pretty well and we are so excited to see really fat cucumbers growing right in our front yard!!

We also had insects that destroyed our cucumber crop and we will have to figure out what to do about that.

We planted more tomatoes in the places where we lost the cucumbers.

To protect the seeds and seedlings from the sun and from the birds, we started using traditional methods.  We have covered them with banana leaves!  Hopefully this will work and we will lose less veggies.

These are all wonderful lessons...especially the failures.  It will be very exciting to watch our children learn like we are learning.  So, we are now writing a small manual to keep track of what we are doing and to record our thought process as we create the garden.  These records may also prove helpful when we expand this garden school concept elsewhere.
Protecting the seedlings with banana leaves

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