CREEC Greenhouse Youth Group Report, August 2017

In the month of August, the CREEC Youth Group has been very productive. We've removed the hay bale garden from in front of the greenhouse and transplanted chamomile and salvias of many kinds into pots. Then, we staged and filled up tires with soil and planted a beautiful garden in the same spot. Dr. Dean Kelch selected the plants and designed the garden, filling the tires and planting some of the many plants with us. We mulched and watered the garden, and the project is splendidly beautiful with butterflies and bees and hummingbirds visiting. Everyone should come and see!
We've also staged a "Plant Sale" area for Saturday's Plant Sale at CREEC (10 am to 1 pm). Although almost all the plants at CREEC are for sale, we've put a large collection of natives, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and trees all together for browsing. We have sweet potatoes in 1-gallon pots. CREEC has a great variety of beautiful plants—something for everyone!

We had wasps nesting in our plant pot storage areas. After our handyman dealt with the wasps, we reorganized our pots and spruced up those areas. Hopefully, the wasps are finished with us this year.
CREEC students shared a table with the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District at Rodeo's Block Party on August 19th. With Elizabeth Harrison and Heidi Petty, the students distributed fliers about CREEC and talked about the need to plant flowers and trees to support butterflies. We've had a few people come by to see us and purchase plants.
The Youth Group has been watering and weeding the restoration project site, as well. We have noticed trash at the site and would like to remind people that litter will need to be picked up by someone. It takes all of us working together to make the garden beautiful, especially under a freeway!
With school starting back, CREEC Youth Group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm until dark-ish. As the days get cooler and it gets dark earlier, we will change the time to after school. Saturday hours remain the same, 10 am to 2 pm. Feel free to stop by and work with us. We will be potting up our sprouted seeds of all kinds, planting winter vegetable seeds, transplanting the bigger plants into larger pots, weeding a lot, and watering. Always lots to do at the CREEC Greenhouse!
Eleven students participated at CREEC Greenhouse in August.
Thank you for allowing CREEC Greenhouse to be such a big part of our week. It is truly a wonderful place to be a part of.