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Long hours+hard work=bountiful plenty

Hey there blogosphre! Things are looking great here at the Northside College Prep site as the summer months roll on. What came to us as several donated, half-dead transplants has grown into lush garden. Long, hot sweaty hours of shoveling dirt from gargantuan piles into raised beds and installing drip irrigation to combat harsh drought conditions have begun to pay off.




Check out these recent photos…


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Oh, this is neat. Being a colder season crop its a little early to be growing kale, so we planted it with some buckwheat which now towers over the kale like a forest providing enough shade to keed the soil relatively cool.


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Unfortunately not everything is perfect. Our arugula and daikon radishes have been hit pretty heavily by flea beetles.


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However, since these pesky beetles seem mostly interested in these two crops, we might be able to use them as a pest trap. This means that we will use pesticides on only the area that these plants are grown. This will help to avoid killing off the beneficial insect (predator) population, which is one of the biggest problems with using pesticides, organic or otherwise.


-Will Sauceda

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