Phoenix Garden

Phoenix School Learning Garden is focused on teaching students agricultural practices with hands-on experiences. Through this blog we hope to educate others and also learn from community members through discussions.


February 2015

Lupine project 2/18

lupine seeds (nicked)

The lupine project is starting to finally take off, the seeds nicked with a scalpel have even grown 44 sprouts while all of the others have grown less then ten sprouts! This project has shown us that nicking lupine seeds may speed up the germination process, while soaking or scratching the seeds may cause the seeds to take more time to germinate.




Planting Cauliflower Seeds

Today the Horticulture Class students planted three different varieties of cauliflower. We will be doing a simple study on which variety does best in our environment. The three varieties are: Early Snowball A, Early Snowball Y, and Snow Crown.  We will keep you updated on the progress of the plants!

The cauliflower starts will live their first 6 weeks indoors and then will be transplanted outside in our school garden.  We are excited to watch their progress!

What variety of cauliflower do you prefer to plant?

Lupine Project

We have began growing Silver Lupine (Lupinus albifrons) seeds in partnership with the Forest Service.

Lupin seeds (soaked)

These Lupine seeds were soaked in water for a short period of time before they were planted.

lupin seeds (scratched)

Some Lupine seeds where scratched with sand paper before they where planted.

lupin seeds (niked)

These seeds were nicked, these seeds are the only ones that have grown

sprouts so far.

lupin seeds (refrigerated)

The final seeds where refrigerated for two weeks before planting.

Garden Update

Red Osier Dogwood

Our Red Osier Dogwood has been soaking in growth hormones for about 2 weeks now, the lenticels have been starting to appear. We hope that the plants will begin to grow out roots in the near future. Once these are ready we will begin to add them to our native plant nursery.

Our tool shed

We are entering the final steps of completing the tool shed. There are a few finishing touches, hopefully by the end of the week it will be complete.

Redosier Dogwood

We now have some Redosier Dogwood(Cornus sericea L.) soaking in rooting hormone in the greenhouse. Once they develop a few roots they will be transplanted to tree plugs.


Planting in the Greenhouse

The new growing season is upon us! The broccoli we planted last week has already started to sprout and many students got their hands dirty planting seeds for the new season!

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How to Plant Broccoli Starts by Tristan (Phoenix Horticulture Class Student)

1) Make sure to bleach you pots in a diluted bleach/water solution to kill off any bacteria or diseases that could be spread by the plants that were in the pots last year

2) Fill your pots with a good potting soil mixture (you can buy some or make your own like us!)

3) Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep in the soil, make sure to not plant them to deep or they could have trouble growing.

4) Plant 2-3 seeds per pot and cover up with soil

5) Water seeds thoroughly after planting to insure they get a good start in life!

We planted two varieties of broccoli, do you have a specific type of broccoli you like to plant? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!

Abacela Garden Club Trip

Notes from the Phoenix School Garden Club’s Trip to Abacela

On Wednesday, January 21st the garden club took a trip to Abacela Winery and vineyard, to learn how to properly take care of growing grapes. Some of the things we learned were pruning, pH levels, grafting, and ,ending soil. We learned the basics of vineyards and how to properly produce grapes. There are many steps to grow grapes, and it begins with the soil. Grapes prefer well drained soil and a pH level of 5 to 6.5. The difference between table grapes and wine grapes is all in how you take care of them and the type of species. Unlike wine grapes, table grapes are given large quantities of water, making them produce a plump and juicy grape. However; wine grapes have “thick skin”, enhancing the quality of the grape.In order to maintain our soil, we need to add just enough water so the soil will stay moist, but not too much to drowned the soil. Another important part of growing grapes is grafting. Some grape plants are prone to getting certain diseases, so you would need to prune off the roots of a grape plant that is resistant to the type disease. You then would graft the grape plant onto the disease resistant root. We are planning to grow grapes to start our own vineyard.

If you have any tips on growing grapes, please leave comments or questions below

The Garden Club

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