April 27th- During this month all of the plants were being grown from a seed stage in the greenhouse. Even though it was too early for planting, some of the cool weather plants like garlic were put into garden beds to get an early start. Afterwards, Volunteer students helped dig holes in preparation for a new project in which new trees have been planted.
June 5th- Final preparation was done by the volunteers so everything would be set up for the summer's gardening class. Fences were built to put around the newly planted trees, and wood chips were shoveled into wheel barrows to be used as mulch in a planting area by the garden sign. Pictures were taken of the cool weather plants which were all growing very nicely.
June 9th- Gardening class finally started and the students learned what the summer plans were as well as some safely rules. The students cut up potatoes with the spuds in tact and left them to dry out for later planting. Outside, the students broad forked, weeded, and raked their beds in preparation for planting.
June 10th- Students finished any needed broad forking or weeding and started planting their vegetables. The set up trellises and cages where ever they were needed and learned how to properly water their gardens. If they finished, the students worked on weeding other garden beds or doing any chore given to them. In the middle of the day, a class of children from summer school took a tour of our garden!
June 11th- Students continued weeding as well as broad forking vacant beds, planting vegetables and potatoes, and mulching beds with compost so the plants could have more nutrients for growing.
June 13th- The usual chores of weeding, broad forking, mulching, and planting were continued. A few new jobs were introduced like making a fence for the garden, putting up the gardening classes new sign, and Mr. Banh's brother, Kenny, came over to help the class with a new project. At the end of class, the students were told they were going to start planting native plants soon.
June 16th- Students in gardening one set to work planting native plants in an area next to the garden and were explained the benefits that native plants can bring to the environment. Meanwhile, students in gardening two started an experiment to test the rate of growth and produce in bare soil, versus soil with compost and manure mixed in. At the end of the day, all of the students got together and learned how to correctly harvest chives and rhubarb. Each student received a bag full of chives, rhubarb, and lettuce.
June 18th- During the morning, the students helped move furniture out of a house that was going up for sale. Because of poor weather they went inside to discuss about the rain barrels they would be receiving and which colors they wanted to paint them. When the weather cleared up, everyone headed outside to continue work with planting native plants as well as a new project of beautifying the area by the sign in the parking lot.
June 19th- The students had new goals today. While four students worked on planting native plants, two of the students focused on setting up fences around the trees, and one shoveled dirt into mud puddles to even out the pot holes along the road.
June 20th- The students were taken on a field trip to the energy fair. While they were there, they attended three seminars about ways to save time and energy. There were many tents set up with people showing their products and spreading word about their schools. As the students explored the fair grounds, they learned of ways to help the environment with things like solar panels, LCD light bulbs, and had a the chance to eat foods that were organic and healthy instead of factory made processed foods. Everyone came home with something cool they bought or got for free, and everyone had an amazing time!
June 23rd- Today, the students stayed inside today and watched educational videos about gardening. Near the end of the day everyone went outside to harvest fresh lettuce at look at their gardens. Now that the plants have established a good root system in the garden beds, everything is coming up nicely!
June 24th- The students had multiple tasks for today that included: planting native plants, painting the garden beds, and tending to the grape vines. Besides this, the students had their first official strawberry harvest! All of the collected strawberries were spit evenly among the students.
June 25th- Because of the rain, everyone spent most of the day inside watching more gardening videos. Later in the morning the rain finally cleared up and we had the chance to go outside and harvest. The class had the chance to learn how to harvest basil, dill, herbs, kale, and garlic scapes! Everyone who wanted something to take home got their fair share.
June 26th- The class took advantage of the weather and went outside to plant native plants, and do an assortment of odd jobs. We have started to have daily strawberry harvests! Everything in the gardens are healthy and they are growing more and more everyday.
June 27th- Once again the weather kept the class inside. Some students worked on the school website and others went to various websites to answer questions on a work sheet. Once the weather cleared up a little we all went outside to pick strawberries, weed, and do other various activities to keep the gardens healthy.
June 30th- It was a nice day so everyone went outside to pick weeds, cut tomato stems,and clear out the prairie. We also had to harvest garlic scapes, kale, strawberries,and lettuce. All of the potato plants are starting to come up. It was a good day for everyone!
July 1st- Today we went on field trip. We first started off going to Nelsons' berry farm. We picked strawberries for ourselves and for the class. We then went to another farm where we got a talk from the workers on being organic. Last we went to Ntc community garden. It was a great, educational field trip.
July 3rd- Today we went to the garden and harvested food to make at Mr. Banh's. We all rode over and started to make food. Carli and Hobie made Strawberry-Rhubarb pie, while everyone else cut kale leaves and garlic for pesto. We, then, made smoothies that were great. We feasted on Chicken and pasta. Everyone went home full and happy.
July 7th- Today we had a fun day of weeding, putting up grape vines, and picking strawberries. There was lots of progress made in the garden to make it look better.
July 11- Today we weeded the garden for a while, picked strawberries and cleaned our beds up a little. We then went to go on a field trip to a farm. After that we went to another farm. Then we came back and we all went to Mr. Banh's house to make food. We made kale chips, brats, hamburgers, carrot cake, and more. Everyone had a wonderful time!
July 14- To start the day today we harvested all of the crops from our own beds. Then we harvested all of the zucchini. Then as a group we harvested strawberries. Our first stop on our fieldtrip was John's house. He had a nice garden and a nice orchard. He had his own techniques for his garden that seemed to work really well for him. We next visited Dawn's garden. She also had a very nice garden and the other gardens she helped take care of were great too. After that we went to the Phillips community garden. Then our final stop was at Marc's garden. His garden was nice. After the tour of his garden. He made Hobie and Kylee face there fears and hold a trantula!
July 21 - Today we picked weeds and harvested zucchini and cumbers.We also went to spry paint our rain barrels. then some of us sat outside and messed around than others went and worked the Prentice Garden website.
July 25- To start the blog out we went up to the garden and picked strawberries and pick zucchini,raspberries, cucumbers,kale and basil. then we went and painted our rain barrels with really pretty designs and some complicated ones too.
July 28-Today we picked zucchini, cucumbers, raspberries and broccoli. Then some of us kids went and did a soil lab. Kristopher and Sierra did their project thing.
August 1 - Today some of us finished our soil lab inside with Mr. Banh. The other students spent their day weeding and harvesting produce. Kirsten and Michelle painted posts in the apple orchard.
August 4 - Today we sorted and cleaned garlic that Kris and Sierra picked. After that, we went into the garden and harvested enough produce for our lunch. At Mr. Banh's house, we made pesto pizza! It was delicious. It had sauteed vegetables on top. We also got to make pesto for ourselves to take home. Dawn came to learn how to make pesto and healthy smoothies.
August 8 - Today in the garden we planted more lettuce. After that, we harvested more vegetables for lunch. We sliced tomatoes and zucchini for dehydrating. We also tried dehydrated raspberries! For lunch we had stir fry and corn on the cob.
August 11 - Today we went on a field trip to Rhinelander. We toured the potato research facility and learned about cross breeding, growing, and harvesting potatoes. There's a lot of work that goes into growing the perfect potato. After the research facility, we toured Evergood Farm. They have a CSA there, and we learned about his garden. We then made our way to Rhinelander's Community garden. It's interesting to see how other community gardens are set up. Then we went to Hanson's Nursery and saw many different things to decorate your garden with.
August 15- Today we started to harvest potatoes. We also harvested some kale and basil to make pesto. We harvested zucchini to make zucchini dippers and then a couple of tomatoes to make the dipping sauce. When we got to Mr. Banh's house we started cutting and cleaning vegetables. Mr. Banh was cooking everything because he is the master chef. We did get to watch a master do his work though. When we got our food it was delicious!
August 18- Today we all worked on the computer for a little bit. We then went out into the garden and began to harvest onions, peas and started to thin carrots. Then we put the onions on racks in the greenhouse to have them dried.