Yoga in the Garden – update!

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Have you joined us for Yoga in the Garden yet? We meet Saturday mornings at 9:30am for a 1/2 hour session of standing poses only. There is no need to bring a mat – but wear shoes since you will be in a garden setting.

Please help us welcome our guest yoga instructors for the next two sessions:
March 9 – Amishay
March 16 – Mika

Tish returns for these dates:
March 23
March 30
April 20
April 27

We’re located at 6114 River Terrace and look forward to meeting you!

Children in the Garden starts up again September 8th

Join us for Children in the Garden sessions starting again Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at our Seminole Heights Community Gardens, located at 6114 River Terrace, Tampa, FL 33604.
Activities are most appropriate for ages 4 – 8.
Children will learn how to grow a garden, and participate in garden related crafts and games. A parent or guardian needs to attend with their child. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the garden where we grow communally; most people participate on Saturday mornings.
RSVP to carolynadler@rocketmail.com as spaces are limited.
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Mark your calendars! We will also meet on the following Saturdays:
Oct. 13, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1.
We look forward to seeing you in the garden.

Art in the Garden for all ages – this Saturday

Aren’t they beautiful?

Join us 10am – 11:30am on Saturday April 14, 2018 for Art in the Garden! We will all create painted garden decorations from natural materials, including palm fronds and rocks. If you are a plein air painter, come join us!
Children who are in the “Children in the Garden” program (ages 3.5 – 8) will also have some chores to do! There is a new wheelbarrow and several shovels. The next meeting will be Saturday, April 28. As always, wear old clothes and shoes.
Seminole Heights Community Garden
6114 River Terrace, Tampa, FL 33604

Yoga in the Garden

Yoga in the Garden is happening every Saturday! Tish Ganey, Registered Yoga Teacher and owner of Take Me To The River Yoga Studio invites you to a 30-minute session at the community garden on Saturdays, 9:30 to 10:00 am, at 6114 River Terrace. This is an excellent introduction to yoga’s benefits to both mind and body… Tish will take you through a basic routine of standing poses, teaching and training. No mats are required, but shoes (any kind) are recommended. Donations are accepted and support the community garden.

Join us!

 

Children in the Garden (for ages 4 – 9)

Children ages 4 – 9 will learn how to grow a garden and participate in garden related crafts and games. Parents who do not need to directly supervise their child can help out with other gardening tasks, or relax and get to know your gardening neighbors! Please RSVP to carolynadler@rocketmail.com so we can plan to have enough supplies.

We will meet 10am – 11am on the following Saturdays:

March 10 / March 31 / April 14 (part of Art in the Garden) / April 28 / May 12

Some thoughts on starting a garden from one of our own…

Lyrical Garden Libby

I love starting a garden. Cardboard is laid on the grass, and bark spread upon it.
A field of useless grass, which needs mowing if not also chemicals to maintain, is soon transformed into an attractive natural looking area, at the same time as it is creating a rich soil out of the decomposing bark and cardboard. The cardboard is recycled from large containers, and the bark is given free by tree companies who are happy to offload it rather than take it to the dump.

Next come autumn leaves, and manure from vegetarian animals, spread on the areas where soil for plants is to be created.

I love moving the mulch and feeling the sun and breeze on my working muscles. This body loves physical labour. It feels exultant when perspiration arises, anticipating the pleasure of bathing later.

I dream of a time when more and more of those grassy lawns we see, are reduced with areas of mulched ground, pleasant to see, and suggesting wild nature, which recycles and does not create waste. They will be decomposting – breaking down ready for creating a garden; top up the mulch with more free mulch as needed. One day we will need to feed ourselves and not rely on food that is shipped in. This is how to create local resilience –

I can’t wait to harvest our own organic crops. How good they taste.

Elizabeth E Mitchell
Silk Painting and Studio Experiences.
http://www.elizabethmitchellstudio.com

It’s kale season!

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Our kale is looking beautiful and we’ve been harvesting Red Russian and Lacinato kale for weeks.  Our Curly kale should be ready soon.

This is a good time to remember sustainable harvesting of kale (and all leafy greens). A good rule of thumb is to never take more than a third of the leaves, as they are needed to keep the plant growing. If a kale plant has several healthy leaves, you can harvest a one or two leaves starting from the bottom of the plant, and then move on to the next plant. Snap off the stem or use a knife or scissors to cut the leaf at the base of the stem. Do not take just the leaf and do not take the whole plant! This allows the plant to continue growing and producing for your fellow gardeners. You can see sustainable harvesting in this video.

We have several kale patches so you should be able to harvest enough kale for your meal using this method. Sustainable harvesting is also the way to go with the mustard greens and our little chard patch, knowing that we will have a lot more chard in the new year!

Happy eating!