Seminole Heights Community Gardens


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Water flows and the garden grows

It’s actually pretty amazing how much we’ve accomplished at our new location in less than a year. There is still much to do, but one of the biggest projects on our wish list just got checked off with the recent installation of four faucet heads (nay, water stations!) strategically placed across the garden property.

They’re connected to a well, maintaining the distinction for us of operating sustainably off the city grid. And now suddenly, raising a flourishing garden of organic fruits and vegetables has never been easier.

We wish to recognize garden members Lynelle and Tony for all their planning and project management; and lots of other garden members assisted as well.

We also share our heartfelt gratitude for the generous grant support from the Davis Islands Garden Club ($1000) and the Hillsborough Soil & Water Conservation District Challenge ($600 for labor) which funded the handiwork of a licensed plumbing team and the necessary materials.  Thank you, thank you!

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What a fantastic day!

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This past Saturday we hosted a group of USF student volunteers participating in their annual Stampede of Service.  The volunteers arrived bright and early, the weather cooperated, and we all got to work. We spent the morning pulling weeds all around the edges and down the rows, turned the compost and sifted dirt, watered the plants that needed it, and had many interesting conversations about growing organic food. Many of the students took home greens (kale, collards, mustard greens) as well as tomatoes and lemongrass which we were so happy to share.

Thank you to the garden members who came out and provided guidance for the students, and Denise for bringing the refreshing lemon water!


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Our off-the-grid irrigation is off the charts!

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Who needs city water to grow a garden? A couple of heavy rains this week is all it took to fill up our 550-gallon cistern and all seven of our 50-gallon rain barrels.

The water is fed into the cistern from the metal roof of our next door neighbors Adam and Patti Ann Rugland (they’re new garden members, too… welcome!), and can then overflow into the barrels through a connection of pipes that was designed and installed by Ricardo Bonilla (pictured here) with the help of Tim Baker and Tony Perilla.

Our gratitude to this able team of “hydro-engineers”, and thank you once again to both the Tampa Garden Club and the Hillsborough County’s Neighborhood Relations office, whose funding grants have made it possible for us to develop this efficient, eco-friendly irrigation system for the garden.