After we planted, Brandon, Matt, Laura, and Chris went outside for a painting party! We painted our grow beds with white latex paint. Matt knew the reason behind this right away: "The white is going to bounce back off the beds. It's going to reflect light instead of light being absorbed." Bingo! That's precisely it. And that's a good thing because it's yet another weapon in our toolkit to prevent algae. Less direct sun on our growing beds at this stage = less algae. Everyone had a great time with their paintbrushes, and we put the newly painted beds back into the system that evening.
Our first planting session was relished by everyone, and all the H&F participants positively jumped right in. Enjoy our nifty little display of our day spent planting and painting, and the pleasure we took in all having a hand in this work!