As spring classes begin to wrap up, our garden is really beginning to thrive! Our onion tops are nearly a foot tall, the tomato seedlings we’ve planted are showing steady progress, and we now have 9 strawberry plants in place. The pre-existing herb bed has been expanded to include a plethora of herbs from leftover event centerpieces, and we also have parsley and basil planted next to our tomatoes, plants which are mutually beneficial when grown near each other. As finals draw to a close next week, we plan to have all of our seeds and seedlings in place for the summer growing season! There will be a short academic break, and then the students will be back in the garden once Summer Academy begins. We are looking forward to harvesting our delicious organic fruits and veggies in just a few short months! Stay tuned for updates as our little garden makes BIG progress!
Dreaming of summer strawberries,
the TNAgarden Intern
Although we’ve had to deal with the strange Southwestern PA weather, we’ve planted a few of our first crops for the spring! We planted several rows of onion slips and a few of the bok choy seedlings we began earlier this semester. The onions are already sprouting their little green tips! Hopefully the more recent moderate weather will stick around, and we will plant more of our crops next week. The students in Arts Connection class also created their own potato-printed flags in the the style of Tibetan Prayer Flags to decorate the perimeter of the garden. We hope they carry the well-wishes and good vibes on the wind from our garden to the rest of the community!
We are proud to announce the official launch of our Kickstarter campaign! Through Kickstarter, you can donate to TNA Garden to help us fund the building of our garden in March. We are aiming at a goal of $700 (which we only receive if we meet our goal) to help us purchase raised bed supplies, garden tools, soil amendments such as compost, and deer fencing. Donations must be received by 1:00pm on Friday, March 2, so if you intend to donate, don’t delay! Help us build our garden!
Check out those seedlings! Our first bok choy seedlings were so successful that we were able to transplant some of them into another tray. We even had a few to spare for taste-tests! We also started a tray of micro greens, which could be ready to eat within 3 weeks, as well as some radishes. We also gathered a few samples of the garden plot soil to have tested by Penn State Extension. Looking forward to the spring ahead!
Our first batch of seedlings have sprouted! We planted Shanghai Green bok choy two weeks ago and it was already sprouting a week later. These will be a great cool-hardy addition to our early spring garden!