October 2017 CREEC Greenhouse Youth Group Report

CREEC Youth group has had a very productive October. With new students finishing their community service hours, they have the knowledge to really make a difference. The enthusiasm and energy is infectious as the students get more involved in caring for the plants.
Infectious energy
We weeded the many beautiful roses, Natives and heirlooms, for nearly 2 weeks! It was horribly pokey, especially so because blackberries came from under the tables to bramble. I told the new students that this was the hardest job we might ever do, if they could manage this task! They learned all of the weeds and many of the self-seeding Natives in weeding those pokey roses. They learned how to remove blackberries from a planting bed as well.
We potted most of the trees in 1 gallon pots to 5 gallon pots; they are labeled, mulched and watered under shade recovering from the move.
We cleaned off the clone table. The many plants rooting on it were potted up. There were roses, many kinds of herbs, trees, grapes! We are filling it back up again, fast!
Acorns of all kinds were collected and planted. The seed pots are put in a large 1/4 inch metal mesh cage so the squirrels and rats don’t eat them. We also planted native cherries, maples, bays, toyons, walnuts and pine tree seeds. It will be exciting to see what comes up!
The youth group continues to just keep weeding. The roses were hard, but everyone knows what the weeds are now. Inside and outside the greenhouse our CREEC Youth are turning into compulsive weeders, I am very happy to report.
We’ve moved peppers inside the greenhouse, hoping to keep them warm. We are trying to clean out and make room for up and growing seedlings of all kinds starting to grow.
CREEC Youth are propagating winter vegetable starter plants for home gardeners. We have Egyptian walking onions, horse radish, sweet potatoes and many kinds of herbs for sale now.
The youth group has continued  planting around the mulberry tree in the parking lot. We’ve planted purple passion vines on the fence. The butterflies are going to love it!
The following students participated at  CREEC Greenhouse in October, 2017:
Tony Neely Jr., Trinity Hill, Anthonett Myers, Yabisi Rodriguez, Madelynn Newton, Audry Leueque, Tara Mahannah, Alexa Larson, Jazarya Foster, Jadelyn Evans Rivers, Armanii Wehr, Nakylah Arnold
The CREEC Youth Group Winter hours are Wednesdays 1:30 -5:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-2:00. Feel free to stop by and see what’s coming up. There is always lots to do and see.
Thank-you for allowing CREEC Greenhouse to be such a treasure under the bridge, allowing all of us the opportunity to learn about the beautiful plants and trees in the Carquinez Region.

CREEC Greenhouse Youth Group report September 2017

September, 2017, just flew by at CREEC Greenhouse. We have continued to water the restoration plants. Some have not survived the transplant and will be replaced, others are very happy in their new spot under the bridge. With the rain, we will get started. CREEC has lots of Native plants to bring back our butterflies.
CREEC planted a mulberry tree a few years back across the road by a fence. Our Youth Group planted Sea Lavenders and California bee plants and some other future beautiful surprises under and around the tree. October will bringĀ  a few more! The butterflies and humming birds will love it!
Ms Iris Wesselmann, Math/Science teacher at Carquinez Middle School, Friend of CREEC, Super Teacher who bribes us with marshmallows! visited CREEC with her classes(24 and 28 students) The 24 group class potted up seedlings of basil and salvia, 5 flats of each, !60 plants in all. They understand the life of a plant, root structure, stem, and leaves.They really liked mixing the soil in the wheelbarrow! The 28 group of students potted 1 gallon pots of ash and oak trees to 5 gallon pots so they could grow bigger. Almost everyone repotted a tree or 2. They loaded the labeled transplanted beauties and put them in a shaded spot with water. Both groups were excited and enthusiastic. CREEC, the treasure under the bridge, is being found out! due to the efforts of this wonderful woman! Several of her students have completed paperwork and are finishing their community service to be a part of CREEC’s Youth Group.

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