Seminole Heights Community Gardens


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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.


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Thanks for your hard work!

Last Saturday we had a great turn out to help with our routine tasks at the garden on Violet:  Marc turned the dirt, Edgar turned the compost, Cindy gave the hen house a luxury makeover, Marilyn planted squash and peas (thanks for donating the peas!), Ellen brought treats for the hens and helped Linda with some general maintenance items.  LIB was in paradise and we wrapped up our day about eleven thirty. Thanks so much for all of your hard work!


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Huge THANK YOU to our Volunteers!

We had an overwhelming response to our call for help for both garden locations this weekend and, thanks to our incredible volunteers, were able to get a lot accomplished. Although some of us met for the first time, everyone was eager to help and we did so much; like we had been working together for years! It is this type of commitment that helps us flourish as a community garden and we are grateful for everyone who has given to help our success. Some of our weekend volunteers are in the process of becoming new members….HOORAY (we did not scare them away!). We thank you so much for helping our garden and our community grow into something awesome!

~ Seminole Heights Community Garden Board