Studio City Garden is a blog of, by and for the children of Children's Studio School, a public charter school in Washington, DC, where children aged three to 11 learn through the arts. In early 2006, the staff and parents of Children's Studio School planned to re-establish a garden on an empty lot near the school at 1301 V St. NW, about a mile from the White House. However, a new owner of the lot discouraged us from coming onto the property. As a result, we decided to build a container garden on a 1,600-square-foot, asphalt-covered area adjacent to the school building. With some financial aid from the local community, we did not stop building our wooden containers until the entire area was covred with containers. We used two truck-loads of soil/compost mixture--or 18 cubic yards--to fill the containers, and soon planted numerous varieties of flowers and vegetables, almost all of them from seed.
We have harvested our vegetables and lettuces and served them in the school lunchroom. This year we formed a group of children from our after-school program to focus on garden related activities and to take responsibility for this blog. We hope to write on a regular basis to keep you informed about our activities, and will post pictures so that everyone can view the progress of our garden.
By Ed Bruske, parent volunteer