Purpose: To demonstrate to middle school students how to cultivate perennial food crops.

Site Address: 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin, TX 78749
Site Liaison(s): Chris Brooks (teacher)
ERC Liaison(s): Zach Causey and Kirby Fry
Original Installation Date: 2014.12.06-07
Original Budget: $700
Funding Provided By: Clint Small Middle School PTA, also provided 12 yards of fine top dress mulch

Site Evaluation

Irrigation How is the Garden Getting Water? 1 section of drip line on timers for the lefthand berm. The hose bib is against the school’s wall and requires a hose bib key that is kept in the off position. The swale and berm on the right require watering. The irrigation system is a Home Depot drip line, connected to a bib hose. The timer is functional but not being used. The irrigation system, otherwise functional, must be turned on manually.
Estimated Water Use
Earthworks Soil Type/Composition
Soil Depth
Number of Berms/Swales Installed 2
Length/Width of Berms and Swales in Linear Feet (As of August 11, 2015)Swale #1: 8’x50’
Berm #1: 10’x44’
Swale #2: 8’x58’
Berm #2: 10’x56’
Was Soil Imported? If So, How Much?
Was Mulch Imported? If So, How Much? 12 yards fine top dress mulch
Plants Number of Trees Planted 10 as of August 11, 2015
Species/Spacing Between Trees Swale/Berm #1: Looking up from below the berm from left to right:Citrus tree 12’ pomegranate 6’ pomegranate 6’ Fig 7’ Fig 7’ Arroyo Sweet Wood

Swale/Berm #2: Looking up from below the berm from left to right:

From 0-9 feet there is an Arroyo Sweet Wood 12’ Mulberry 8’ Loquat 8’ Loquat, followed by 25’ of no trees

Caliper Width of Trees (Measured Annually)/Date Measured
Survival Rate of Trees/Date Observed
Describe Understory and Groundcover Berm #1: herbaceous layer of the berm is covered with Bermuda grass and nothing else.Around the fence protecting the solar panels there are five black berries about 3 feet apart and four grape vines dead or cut to the base.
Structures Existing Structures (Fences, Sheds, etc. on Property Before Installation) Fence, Solar Panels
Installed Structures (Trellises, Solar Panels, Solar Shower, Outdoor Kitchen, Chicken Coops, Greenhouses, etc)

ERC Permablitz Garden Monitoring and Maintenance Program

2015.08.23 | Report by Kirby Fry and Zach Halfin

Swale and berm, number 1, as of August 11, 2015. The swale is 8’ wide x 50’ long. The berm is 10’ wide x 44’ long. Looking up from below the berm, from left to right there is a citrus tree, 12’ to a pomegranate, 6’ to a pomegranate, 6’ to a fig, 7’ to a fig, 7’ to an arroyo sweet wood. The herbaceous layer of the berm is covered with Bermuda grass and nothing else.

Swale and berm, number 2, as of August 11, 2015. The swale is 8’ wide x 58’ long. The berm is 10’ wide x 56’ long. Looking up from below the berm, from left to right from 0 to 9’ there is an arroyo sweet wood, 12’ to a mulberry, 8’ to a loquat, 8’ to a loquat, and then 25’ of no trees.

Around the fence protecting the solar panels there are 5 black berries about 3 feet apart, and 4 grape vines dead or cut down to the base.

The irrigation system is Home Depot drip line, connected to a hose bib. The timer is functional but not being used. The irrigation system, otherwise is functional, but must be turned on manually. The hose bib requires that a “key” be used and is kept in the off position.

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