I had the opportunity to work in the garden to earn service learning hours this semester. I had a lot of fun learning to plant, harvest, and compost (Sadly, I’m the kind of person who tends to kill house plants so I was kind of clueless at the beginning). Since I own my own photography business, I decided to lend my skills as a photographer to document some of the work that goes on in the garden.
Garden volunteers planted cover crops (hairy vetch, red clover, and winter rye) to protect the beds during the winter. These crops will prevent weathering and erosion, as well as keep the soil moist. Later, the crops will be turned into the soil to provide nutrients. Crops in the garden this winter include: arugula, carrots, radish, lettuce, garlic, broccoli, kohlrabi, spinach, onion, cilantro, kale, parsley, bok choi, turnip.
Also, congratulations to GOGA President Doni Ward on being granted $2,900 by the Patriot Green Fund. These funds will be used to improve the garden in several ways. A beautiful flagstone pathway will make the garden wheelchair accessible. New signs will identify the garden and its crops, as well as encourage visitors to pick certain foods for themselves. A new archway trellis, made by Doni in Mia Feuer’s sculpture class, has also been installed. This archway is the first part of a gateway entrance made of all edible plants, intended to keep deer from entering the garden and eating all of the yummy crops. By next summer, there will be passion fruit vines on the archway .
Here are some other photos I took just before the end of the semester:
A new Facebook page has been created for GOGA. Many more pictures of the garden and crops, as well as updated information about garden activity, can be found there.
Guest blog by Nikki Piner, a part-time junior studying elementary education, who was introduced to GOGA and the Potomac Heights Garden through NCC service learning. She is excited to have worked with the garden this semester and plans to continue doing so throughout the rest of her time at GMU.