Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Update!

Tacoma Jobs 253 and the Reach Program have been taking care of the garden this summer like never before! It is trimmed, weeded, watered and harvested regularly. It is actually a little ironic that the final year of the garden in its current state it is looking better than ever.

Pictures, updates and more information to come !!!

Hope you all are having a great growing summer.

Sincerely,

Mr. I and the garden team.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Garden Olympics Categories and Rubric

Judges Name: __________________________ or Anonymous.                  Date Judged: _____________________________
Category
Blue Ribbon
Red Ribbon
White Ribbon
Notes/Observations
Best Leafy Greens (spinach, lettuce, chard, kale, cabbage and kohlrabi)
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Best Roots (beets, carrots, turnips, onions)
Bed#:
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Best Flowers (broccoli, cauliflower, sunflower, other)
Bed#:
Bed#:
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Best Herbs (mint, cilantro, oregano, lemon balm, other)
Bed#:
Bed#:
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Best Fruits (tomatoes, peppers, strawberries)
Bed#:
Bed#:
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Best Legumes (peas, beans)

Bed#:
Bed#:
Bed#:

Best Squash (zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin, squash)
Bed#:
Bed#:
Bed#:

Excellence in Plot Aesthetics

Bed#:
Bed#:
Bed#:

Maintenance Award for Excellence in Plot Care
Bed#:
Bed#:
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Best Use of Space for Food Production
Bed#:
Bed#:
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Garden Coordinator’s Choice Award for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture
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RUBRIC
Blue Ribbon
Red Ribbon
White Ribbon
Best in category (leaf, root, fruit etc.)
Labeled, Larger than others, Disease free, no dead parts, trimmed nicely, spaced properly from each other, spaced properly from other plants, weeds free, supported correctly using wires and sticks, mounded and covered with appropriate dirt
Labeled but unreadable, Average size compared to others, Mostly disease free, some dead parts, some untrimmed parts, somewhat spaced properly from each other, somewhat spaced properly from other plants (some crowding), some weeds apparent, supported somewhat using wires and sticks, mounded and covered with dirt appropriate dirt mostly
Unlabeled, smaller size compared to others, apparent diseases, noticeable dead parts, appears untrimmed, spaced improperly from each other (crowded), spaced improperly from other plants (crowding), weeds very apparent, not supported when needed, not mounded or roots covered with appropriate dirt
Excellence in Plot Aesthetics

Labeled clearly/thoroughly, spaced in a deliberate pleasing way, multiple vertical levels, plants in phenomenal shape, pleasing variety of plants, OR IS SIMPLY THE MOST BEATIFUL PLOT TO YOU. This category is a personal judgment on what is aesthetically pleasing to you.
Somewhat Labeled, spaced mostly in a pleasing way, some vertical levels, plants in good shape, pleasing variety of plants, OR IS SIMPLY THE SECOND MOST BEATIFUL PLOT TO YOU. This category is a personal judgment on what is aesthetically pleasing to you.
UnLabeled, spaced in some way, some vertical levels, plants in fair shape, simple variety of plants, OR IS SIMPLY THE THIRD MOST BEATIFUL PLOT TO YOU. This category is a personal judgment on what is aesthetically pleasing to you.
Maintenance Award for Excellence in Plot Care
Far less weeds than other plots, soil evenly distributed, borders and edges are trimmed or weed free, plants are in phenomenal shape, plants are supported and planted correctly, look of bed is sharp and clean.
Average weeds to other plots, soil somewhat evenly distributed, borders and edges are somewhat trimmed or weed free, plants are in good shape, plants are somewhat supported and planted correctly, look of bed is maintained somewhat.
Far more weeds than other plots, soil unevenly distributed, borders and edges are untrimmed or full of weeds, plants are in fair/poor shape, plants are unsupported and planted incorrectly/croweded, look of bed is cluttered/unkempt
Best Use of Space for Food Production
Every part of plot is planted and or producing healthy plants, variety of plants produce high yielding edible food crops that a shelter could use, bed maximizes horizontal and vertical space efficiently, plants past yield are removed
Most parts of plot is planted and or producing plants, some variety of plants produce medium yielding edible food crops that a shelter may use, bed uses some horizontal and vertical space, some plants past yield are removed
some parts of plot is planted and or producing some plants, little variety of plants produce low yielding or inedible food crops that a shelter may not use, bed does not use horizontal and vertical space effectively, many plants past yield are not removed

Getting ready for garden Olympics judging



Trying to get beds all ready for judging.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Experience Learning Project


South Sound FEAT ELP program showing off all their hard work and their three newly planted beds!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I like big starts and I cannot lie


McKenzy w/ some radishes

Azaziah harvesting radishes too!

Linda and Jade with their radishes!

Potting plants for the upcoming Pacific Avenue Business District Street Fair in June here at Stewart!

an assortment of sproutlets

more sprouts and plants in the giving garden