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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


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Martina your garden looks amazing!!!!! Where do u live now? I'm growing a bunch of stuff inmy backyard and it is THE best. Gardening is totally my new love! P.s that pallet planter is such an amazing idea!!!

My pepper plants grew too big for the space, so I decided to try to transplant them, in the 100 degree weather! I would douse with water each morning and evening, but when I came home from work, they were wilted. I was worried that I would loose the 5 plants that I moved. (my garden is planted directly into the soil). Luckily, my neighbor is retired and offered to water mid day, which is what they needed. Now, a week out of the heat wave, the pepper plants are all doing well and have many peppers on the plants. The rest of the plants did okay, but I did water twice per day.

Will you omit using metal planters in the future?

Oh no, bad timing to transplant! Lucky you had good ole' Frank to help you water. I think plants directly in the ground retain more water and stay a little cooler than container plants. Are the rest of your plants ok?

I will definitely stop using metal buckets. No matter how many holes I drill in them for aeration, they get way too heated!

Right up my alley!I teach botany/environmental sccneie (and also forensics and biology...) and have a greenhouse attached to my room. The biggest problem I've encountered is that the school year and the growing season are direct opposites, since the school calendar was originally developed for farming societies.My students all brought home a bunch of their own plant starts, and they got to grow whatever they wanted throughout the year in the greenhouse. I do also have a few plans in the works:-the food/nutrition teacher and I want to do a joint project where we grow ingredients (say for salsa) and the food kids prepare meals. I think it would be awesome!-I want to take over the courtyard at school and plant a bunch of bulbs, corms, tubers, etc. in the fall when we talk about plant structure, and then all the kids will be able to see them come up in the spring.I developed this program over the past 4 years, but I must say that this involves a ton of work for the teachers, which I'm sure is part of why many schools are resistant. I spends so much time at the garden center, lugging soil up to the 3rd floor where my classroom and greenhouse are located, and then trying to clean out the place each year. We accept donations of people's plastic pots and half-used seed packs, so we try to be environmentally friendly that way. My big concern is that my botany program has grown from 9 kids my first year to about 75 next year, and space in the greenhouse becomes an issue. I'm looking into getting many more hanging pots and stackable shelving to make it work.It is so rewarding! So many of my students have reconnected with their parents and grandparents by helping them in the garden. They brag about how many peas they got, how big their tomato plants are. Some kids from last year even came in to show me pictures of how the plants did over the summer. I love this class!We also take a trip to my family's farm in the fall, have speakers come in to address the local foods movement (farmers, chefs, scientists, etc.).Sorry my comment was so long :)

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Hi! My name is Martina and I have a "farm" in my New York City backyard called FarmTina.

My definition of "farm" is really just a living space that brings together home grown vegetables & fruits, animals, flowers & trees, and concoctions that use all of these ingredients together... read more