Tuesday, December 31, 2013


 Keeping students engaged is a challenge I face when helping the club members plan activities.  I am not a teacher but my inner sensor says to make it exciting because this is very much a choice for them.

We planted seeds that were left inside the greenhouse.


 We will be ready to transplant in the Spring.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Vegetable row

Watering these a few times a week and watching the seedlings sprout and grow to viable plants is the part of gardening that requires patience.   

But alas, they grow and look promising.  Now, if only the grass would go away.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hey, lookie here...

Broccoli and cauliflower.   This is the moment every gardener lives for, the discovery of the fruit of his/her labor.

We declare success again.  Corona does grow.

Friday, December 20, 2013

On a cold winter's night

The master planners of the vegetable rows aka the farm, followed local guidelines and planted appropriate winter crops with the exception of beans which we made a valiant effort to protect.  Mr. Bell was looking after us and offered support but our burlap was ready and waiting to be used. 

We did good.   Only one plant looks like it caught a cold.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Winterizing the greenhouse

Not knowing much about winterizing greenhouses, we set about taking care of what was the most obvious: closing the roof vents.  Easy enough to do for the most part.  Now on to whatever else is applicable as mentioned here.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A different view

A view from a window of the main building.

 We the people, I mean the dedicated volunteers, are still in awe of it.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


I have always been amazed at people who sit for hours and observe nature.  And I don't mean just scientists.  The bird watchers, and the fishermen count too.  It requires a stillness of the mind and body not characteristic of me.  

I can manage a few minutes of watching in the morning.  It never ceases to amaze me that all this comes from a small seed placed in the ground.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Reaching for the sun

I have come to believe that much of what a gardeners knows comes from watching things grow.  Plants reach for the sun, the light source that makes growth possible.  

Can you see it grow?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

With a few simple supplies

 The fact that the garden lacks tables made the saving of this piece a crucial endeavor.
It's a spool that was turned into a table.
The creative process is a funny thing.  It takes many twists and turns and it ends with a pretty fun look.

This magazine found at the dentist's office was a perfect inspiration piece.

Maura primed the table on a cool Sunday morning.

Supplies were purchased at Home Depot.

And work began on another cool Sunday morning.

Et voila.  A touch of color with functionality.  Behold the only movable table to date.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Jessica Hauer, energy coach extraordinaire who never gives up, and stays by our side as we strive to move forward and continue to make the place come alive.

Find out more about TUHSD's sustainability efforts here.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sister school

 Being part of a community means exposure to projects that others are involved in.
I visited McClintock High School and saw the garden and greenhouse under the care of Vicki Grady.

This greenhouse will soon be the home of a lot of activity as students study plants grow.

 The garden is busy growing peas and asparagus.
Mrs. Grady is an amazing source of information for all things related to school gardens and more.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

No Impact Project

The No Impact Project was conceived by Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, following the success of his blog, book, and film, which chronicle his family’s year-long experiment living a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City. Central to his thesis is the notion that deep-seated individual behavior change leads to both cultural change and political engagement. Living low-impact provides a clear entry point into the environmental movement. This thesis is the bedrock of the No Impact Project.
Go here for more information.

What's Growing?

There is a lot of green happening in the garden.

Mixed greens.


Broccoli and cauliflower.

Monday, November 18, 2013


What a nice suprise I had early today as I stopped by to water the garden.  Mr. Trimble came over to complement us on the wonderful work we are doing and how nice the garden looks.  Sweet! 

Friday, November 15, 2013


The rose:  a woody perennial  armed with sharp prickles.

Yes, sharp little prickles.  Just ask my arms.

Oh, but how beautiful they are.

At Corona they come in all colors and shapes.

Cataloging these pretties is a project for another day.  For now we are happy they are thriving.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Things get messy

Things get messy in the farm area. Kathy is focused on setting up a ditch system to make watering easy.

Everything gets dirty.

But cleanup time is fun.  It marks the end of a productive and rewarding experience at the garden.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


She is a Corona alumni who brings stories from the Feldman era.

We are recycling a Feldman relic.  The base coat has been applied to the spool that is a table.

Maura is a hard working young woman who loves the garden, and connects the rest of us to the beginning of the greenhouse.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Second life

The wind storm blew the tree branch down.  

A volunteer chopped up the tree branch and saved the pieces for a second use.
Read up on waste hierarchy here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


 Terracotta stones are the latest addition to the garden.  There is a really nice shady spot that is perfect for a little outdoor living look.  

We begin with the floor.

And a little hedge.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The farm

Naming things has always been fun and naming the zones, or sections of this garden would be something one would expect of me.

The farm.  It has 5 or 6 rows of produce planted.  We are all excited about this endeavor.  It included a trip to a horse stable in Tempe and driving back to the school with horse manure in bags in the back of the minivan.  And now daily watering is in order.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Big Work Day

Our big work day turned out a small group of serious workers.

Carrie took care of the roses.

Alan became one with the Weed whacker. 

Kathy and Lynn played farmers.  They added more rows to the garden and planted a bunch of vegetables.  I was in there somewhere adding to the trash pile that Francisco would later clear.

Gratitude goes out to these volunteers who share a love for school gardens.

Friday, October 25, 2013

What should we eat

Michael Pollan has a few thoughts. 
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Read more here.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Key Club

     Sapna Daryanani set up a work day for the Key Club.

The work they do is priceless. I know I sound mushy when I speak of students participating but I like watching them do their part in keeping the community running smoothly.