• Urban Agriculture

    Mrs. RothHow to survive fire ants & mud!

    Updated April 26th

    Hello Charger Gardeners! I am working on my computing skills, but they aren't nearly

    as good as my gardening ones, yet! (I apologize for not realizing I didn't save my last update.)  So, here's some info on protecting yourself from fire ants.  We learned about a mixture that was suggested by Howard Garrett, "The Dirt Doctor", out of Dallas.  It is great to use when you are trying to work in an area, but the ants are in the way!

    1 gallon of water

    1 oz orange oil

    3 oz Horticultural Molasses

    Mix together and pour around and then over wherever you have an ant mound.  

    Your assignment (due May 30) is to email me, aroth@houstonisd.org, a paragraph about at least one of the following:

    1. Explain the benefits of ants in general, (not necessarily fire ants)
    2. What is the downside of using non-organic pesticides? What is the upside?
    3. How do boots help in the garden?  What would you draw on your boots?


    The part I forgot to save was about downloading the iNaturalist app. You can still be part of Houston City Nature Challenge 2020 documenting the diverse species around our city. Please observe a photo of at least three things, plants or animals, and upload them. The effort runs through Monday.

    If you aren't able to do that, please just email me three photos of cool things growing, or crawling or flying around.  


    Updated on April 13th

    Loads of plants are growing in our gardens!! You all did such an excellent job planting

    and weeding. I can tell you that we have so many new plants from the seeds you sowed!! We have loads of edible flowers as well as beans and herbs. We now have new vines and crinum lillies planted along the fenceline nearest to HCC. I really hope you can drive by with your families some day. The Roses of Diversity are working hard to keep their rainbow showing!

    The number of Monarch Butterflies is amazing, too! I was able to find milkweed, the Asclepias family, along with many nectar plants, like liatris and lantana horrida. The Monarch Butterflies are in fine form!!

    Our chickens are really too cute! Some days, our volunteer families get them in quickly. Other days, they are rather cantankerous and take an hour to "herd" back into their coops.


    You can check out this composting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2GDY31bUZ4





    Greetings on March 31st, 2020!


    Please get outside and try growing something. Whether you live in a place with a yard or not, you might be able to observe something growing.

    If that is not possible, at this time, I would like you to look up what makes up soil for a raised bed.

    Remember why we need raised beds in Houston?

    How can you tell a plant is happy?

    What are markers that it is sad?

    What are some ways that you can help get a plant into its optimal growing situation?

    Who remembers the benefits of a Tower Garden?  I moved ours outside so that it could continue to live. Most of the plants are thriving. What might

    cause plants to die?  Remember pH? Remember what type of food we gave it? What could be a problem for the Tower Garden?

    You can watch videos about people's hydroponics all over the world.

    Also, please track the Monarch Butterfly Migration. We have a number of Monarchs around Pin Oak (and our yards) at this time. When is the biggest number expected for our area?

    What can your family do to support the Monarch --- why is that in your best interest?

    Please send your ansers and let me know how you all are doing, aroth@houstonisd.org.

    I will be posting photos that you send me. Thank you all!!

    Mrs. Roth


  • Check this info on Composting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2GDY31bUZ4

    Posted by Angela Roth on 4/13/2020 10:00:00 PM
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