On May 27, members of the Plevna FFA, Mrs. Schumacher, Mrs. McSorley, and Mrs. Menees started breaking ground on a new garden for Plevna Schools. The team started at 8 a.m. by laying down cardboard to prevent weeds from growing on Plevna School’s plot of land, north of the school’s track.
Next, they added a mixture of compost and dirt on top of the cardboard. The Plevna FFA members helped spread the mixture of compost and dirt with shovels and rakes. Mrs. Menees had the team stop for the day at 1 p.m., but they continued the work the next day.
On May 28, Mrs. Menees, Mrs. Schumacher, and members of the Plevna FFA continued working on the new school garden as they finished spreading the compost and dirt that was donated by the Milk Creek Reds Ranch. After finishing their task of spreading compost and dirt, they moved on to the fun activity of planting the courtyard’s raised beds at the school.
The FFA members planted a variety of vegetables and herbs: tomatoes, peppers, green beans, peas, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, squash, lavender, cilantro, parsley, basil, dill, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and onions. All of these plants will be used in Plevna School lunches.
On June 3, Mrs. Menees, Mrs. Schumacher, Mrs. McSorley, and members of the Plevna FFA reconvened and finished planting the new garden with a variety of different vegetables: beets, carrots, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkins, cantaloupes, watermelons, cauliflower, potatoes, and cucumbers. The watering system used to hydrate the garden is a water barrel that supplies a gravity feed hose. The Plevna Volunteer Fire Department is very kind to donate the water to fill the barrel. So far, the team has harvested zucchini, yellow squash, and pumpkins to use in school lunches.