Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring Gardening

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It is officially Spring here at Pathfinder Ranch – the fruit trees are in bloom, our chicks are on their way to becoming full-grown chickens, and our horses are loosing their winter coats. With the weather warming up we have started returning life to the Pathfinder Garden. The naturalists have been working hard in the greenhouse sowing seeds and have started to transplant seedlings in our raised beds. This spring we have broccoli, beets, radishes, lettuce, kale, spinach, carrots, and calendula flowers started and that is just the beginning! Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, squash, and many others are soon to follow thanks to donated seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange (seedsavers.org).

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Our tomato plants from Seed Savers are quickly growing

This spring we are also trying out a new gardening method, Square Foot Gardening. Square Foot Gardening is an easy, organic gardening method that keeps maintenance, such as weeding, low. SFG is made for gardening in small spaces where raised beds can be places on top of concrete, grass, gravel, etc. You can learn more about SFG here at- http://www.squarefootgardening.com.

 

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Our square foot gardening bed is ready to go!

 

Good websites to check for gardening tips and even starting a garden are:

http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/vegetable-gardening/5069.html

 

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/vegetable/vegetables/planning-your-first-vegetable-garden/

 

http://www.sunset.com/garden/fruits-veggies/raised-bed/raised-bed_3

 

Happy planting!

Y’all come back now… for our Open House

IMG_4898We’re getting excited for spring and gearing up for summer camp! If you and your family are interested in taking a tour before your trip, or you’re just really interested in our programs, then come join us for our Open House on March 19th! We’ll be offering tours, archery lessons, farm animal interactions, and light refreshments. The event is free, but we do appreciate donations if you decide to participate in archery and/or interact with the farm animals. These donations will go towards new program supplies and equipment for students to use this spring.

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In addition to students, Pathfinder Ranch is also busy getting ready for the upcoming Beyond Limits endurance run in late March. Pathfinder Ranch hosts many retreat groups such as church groups, youth leadership, family reunions, events, and weddings.  If you are looking for a place to host your next event, come join us for some fun in a beautiful place! IMG_4893