Hands in the dirt, heads in the sun: TimeBank Tales Gardening Event

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature,” Alfred Austin.

We definitely got our hands in the dirt and soaked up some sun yesterday at our TimeBank Tales gardening event yesterday! We gathered at the El Camino YMCA’s garden last evening to learn the basic tips of gardening, and we even got to plant our own seedlings.

Rafaella Cerruti, of local gardening non-profit Valley Verde, taught us the basics about how to start a garden, including which bugs are good and which are bad (by the way, ladybugs are good because they eat aphids which can destroy plants and caterpillars and slugs are bad). She gave us some tips for how to get rid of those pests, for example beer for slugs (yes, beer!) and BT liquid bacteria for caterpillars.

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We learned about creating nutrient rich soil, and how composting can be an easy, organic, and waste-free way of adding nutrients to your garden.  And at the end we got to put our skills into practice and planted some cucumber and onions in the YMCA garden!

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We also planted lavender, thyme, basil, and cilantro seedlings in potted plants and took them home with us. This is my lavender pot. Hopefully in a couple of weeks, I will have good news to report and I will get to show you all my beautiful lavender plant!

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Gardening was so much fun. It was great to be outside and learning a new skill. I now have the skills to make my garden beautiful and teeming with flowers that will attract insects to fertilize my vegetable plants. I can’t wait to get started!

Cheers to spring and gardens!
– Shaina, Program Intern

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