GlenFeliz marked the arrival of their new garden classes with some strong pledges to “treat all living creatures with respect and love”, even the bugs! The three new classes each claimed an empty bed and talked about what they envisioned growing in them. As always, watermelons and strawberries are highly wanted, and we quickly went over some weather appropriate crops.
It was a very hot start to the week, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s during class time. The high heats caused some predictable puzzlement over why I was explaining that the current plants growing are winter crops. However, this was a great intro to watering based on daily temperatures and how high heat days can be helped with two a day watering times to balance the heat. We made a careful note that the time should still be rational and not 20 minutes a day, but maybe 10 minutes in two 5 minute blocks.
A wonderful garden friend dropped off some bamboo poles and I was able to construct two new pea pod structures to support the giant pea plants spread throughout the garden. They were getting so large to the point that their original supports were bending and collapsing. The kindergarteners always expressed shock that the peas are bigger than they are!