The Garden Thrives, But We’ll Miss You Gazal and Corinna!

by Gazal Hamayouni and Corinna Roberts

During their internship, the Sonoran Wheat grew as tall as Corinna! Or did it? Photo by Gazal Hamayouni.

We are nearing the end of our internship, so there is no better way to say goodbye than to tell our readers what we have accomplished in our five months of volunteering with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Building the pea trellis. Photo by Mike Imwalle.

The last time we blogged, we shared information about the vegetables that were growing behind the cocina on the Northeast corner of the Presidio. Most of those vegetables have survived, and we have planted new crops such as strawberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, potatoes, and more peas (check out our handmade trellis, it’s pretty awesome).

Arugula? I hardly know 'ya! This monster arugula plant's days are numbered, but it will taste good no matter how large it gets. Photo by Mike Imwalle.

The radishes are still there, and if you read this blog post and still haven’t checked them out for yourself, you better get on that because they have gotten so big that they are going to explode! We also have arugula, beats, chard, carrots, and cabbage.  They are growing little by little, but they are getting there! You can also find wheat and peas over at El Cuartel, so we urge you to stop by and look at the progress.

Weeding the wheat furrows. Photo by Mike Imwalle.

Our last task before we leave has been to restore all of the signs made from roof tiles that were used to label the crops around the gardens.

First peas of the winter crop! Photo by Gazal Hamayouni.

It’s been a pleasure working with Mike Imwalle and Anne Petersen, we have learned so much about the history of Santa Barbara’s Presidio, as well as the art of gardening. We have been inspired to start our own gardens at home and we are even starting a garden at our own school, Anacapa, which is right down the street! We have enjoyed this time with our readers, and until next time. Peace and vegetables!

Gazal and Corinna in the Presidio Northeast Corner garden. Photo by Mike Imwalle.

Corrina and Gazal are seniors at The Anacapa School.  Last week they finished up their one-semester garden internship at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Anacapa School is just down the street, so we look forward to bumping into them as they pop into the garden from time to time to check on the fruits of their labor.

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