LA Experience – Clover Elementary School Garden


The Clover Elementary School in Los Angeles needs assistance of cultivating their garden. The Cal Poly third year students had proposed a plan and made it into effect. I along with my fellow first years, third years, grad student, and professor and advisor Rennie Tang with her kids offered to help and improve the garden. The project was due to be finished by May 18. Saturday worker’s plan was to break the soil and make a topography, after is to set specific plants, then is to set an irrigation system. The last action cover the ground with moss. The steps are relatively simple, but there are hardships that comes along with the project.

The first step is breaking dirt. The plan was to make a topography, so that the water has a run-off and prevent mud. The first few people that came only a brought limited tools and the school garden tool garage was locked. Not having any other tools made us take turns into shoveling the ground. The dirt felt that it was not watered for awhile and it was rock solid. Until, a few brought in some pick axe. The tool made difference in making the dips. It was still difficult because there was parts of the ground that was too hard to plunge. It took a good 2-3hours in digging and later, we moved on to the next part.

The next step was to plants, we marked every specific location for each plant. There are a few methods in inserting a plant. The first step is to dig a hole, second is to water the ground, third is to drench the stem of the plant into a solution, fourth is to put some compost onto the hole, fifth is to insert the plant, and lastly is to fill the sides with compost and dirt. There we conclude the planting method.

The irrigation plan is essential and is very next step we took after the planting. The irrigation is used to water the plants. We ran a few PVC pipes and installed a automated timer. We also used a drip method. This is when we run a small tube from the pipes running it towards each plants. This will evenly distribute water in to every plant causing accurate use of water to save money and  less mudding.

The last step we used is covering the soil with moss using it as ground cover. This moss is good for shady places also is great with moist. It is also used to cover the ground making a rounded ground. It also reveal a woodsy feel onto the ground that makes it appealing. The moss also helps the plants to be consistently get nutrients to grow and bloom, which makes moss a great part of designing a garden.

Finally, after a long series of work we all learned that it is a hard work to design a project and work in the field. But, we all took something away from this project. These are the proper method we should all learn and apply in our future projects. This experience will be a good reference if any of us are going to be designing gardens and cases that also may applies. I also learned that it is not easy as it looks when it comes to be building a garden. Landscaping should not be taken lightly and we should focus more on techniques into making things more fast and efficiently.


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