Our Berkeley Garden: Week One

This post is a little late in coming.  Three weeks ago, J and I went to the plant sale at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley.  This is an annual fundraiser for the school, and the students plant seeds and then label and sell all the seedlings.  The Edible Schoolyard was amazing.  Outside of the school is this huge garden, that rambled over a lot of land and seemed like the perfect play space.  The kids at the sale were so knowledgeable and helpful.  Plus, the sale was just part of the event.  There was a bake sale, raffles, and tons of local vendors.  Plus there was even a wood burning pizza oven set up in the garden!  J and I wandered around the sale, picking out zucchini, cucumbers, serrano peppers, lettuce and kale.  Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time to spend at the plant sale, but I was totally blown away by the Edible Schoolyard, and by the kids working at the plant sale.  I can’t help but think that if more schools had gardens that fed into their cafeteria programs, we’d have a better handle on childhood obesity in America.  On a lighter note, we had a perfect Berkeley moment on the way out, when two 8 year old girls were selling “organic vanilla bean cupcakes with a torched meringue topping.”  I love Berkeley Smile

Our neighbors went to the plant sale later that day and picked up more lettuce and kale, plus swiss chard, and five kinds of tomatoes.  We broke out our Sunset Gardening Book and started measuring out a scheme that would allow us to fit most of our plants in our small raised garden bed.

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We had a very sophisticated spacing mechanism


Once we had everything laid out, we started planting.  My neighbor and I took all of J’s engineering planning and creatively reinterpreted his graphs.  We ended up sending him out on errands while we planted all our little seedlings.  We alternated rows of lettuce between the different kinds of kale and chard, and put the peppers at one end of the bed with the zucchini and cucumbers at the other. 


We planted all the herbs, plus the tomatoes in pots around the garden.  It was so cool to see everything come together, but I’m still nervous about whether or not it’s all going to grow!  Luckily since this post is three weeks late, you won’t have to wait too long to see how everything is turning out!


This little guy is called flame lettuce, according to our little plant name tags from the plant sale.  I think he looks so cool!  Guess I should be careful about personifying the lettuce I plan to eat though Smile

Have you ever planted a garden?  Do you have any tips for us?  I’ve never even been able to keep a basil plant alive before!


Our Berkeley Garden: Week One — 8 Comments

  1. Beth! I am having trouble posting on my blog so I figured I would reply to your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your memories! I am envious of your new garden and will be checking back to see your bounty. Good luck!

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