13 Moons Garden Interns-2014

The 2014 interns are hard at work and enjoying this sunny and dry weather!

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Flower Farm Tour

Today our soil science class visited Jello Mold Farm in Mount Vernon. We learned about their compost and soil management system and saw many flowers in bloom! It is a beautiful farm operated by wonderful people.

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Helping Hands

After a great Science Saturday and visit from local high school students our garden is back in action. Greg, our garden manager, has done a wonderful job of taking care of our plants and soil over the winter and early spring. However, this large group of students really helped us get the weeds out, the mulch moved and the garden beds ready for planting! Thank you all for your great work!

May 30 and June 6 will be our next garden work days. Join us!

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Gratitude for our garden interns

Many thanks to our great summer interns, Greg Gustafson managed the garden and did a great job mowing, tending to plants, harvesting and keeping everything watered.  His work at 13 Moons is part of his BSNES degree program and this is the start of his second year managing the garden. Leila Clark and Leah Gobert worked on garden maintenance and they developed sign material that will be installed this fall. Thanks also to the volunteers and community members that made there way to campus to help with chores and harvesting!

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Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

tomato1We had a great workshop today learning about how to grow tomatoes. We also explored a lot of tomato varieties and students got online to explore how many regular and cherry-sized varieties there are available. Students helped to get some tomatoes installed in our school garden beds and everyone also received a container garden to grow their own tomatoes at home.

There are some great online resources for growing tomatoes.  These are one of the most common garden plants, but they can be sometimes hard to grow in our marine climate in western Washington.  Choosing the best variety for your garden site and your taste buds  is important. We received a lot of antioxidants from tomatoes as well as vitamins C and A and several necessary B vitamins too.

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Gardening season is underway..

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We have had some very productive work days. Thanks to all of our garden guides that have helped out. We are making great progress.  Please join us at one of our upcoming events:

Spring Garden Workshops

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May 29th-Growing Tomatoes
June 5th-Home Container Gardens
Co-led by NWIC students and staff
1-4 pm NWIC campus
Free plants, garden supplies, snacks!   RSVP to jgigot@nwic.edu, CEU’s available

End of the Year lunch and garden tour, June 12 from 12-1 pm

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Come and celebrate our graduates, the end of the school year and the beginning if the garden!

 

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Workparty and spring workshops

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Work party: May 9th 10- 2 pm!

Spring workshops:

May 22nd  :  Seed Starting & Home Gardens

May 29th  : Growing Tomatoes with Nadine

June 5th : Garden Soil Management

Every workshop is 1-4 pm. Food provided. All Classes at NWIC Swinomish. Contact jgigot@nwic.edu to register. 

CEU’s available!

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