Actually, in our garden it’s always gardening season, but the pace has really picked up this month. Here are a few images of the past month:
Everyone has pitched in spreading horse manure and turning the soil, bed by bed. We have been busy planting seeds and seedlings with our freshly sifted compost soil (thanks McFadden and Ellen!). We’re watching the new bananas, and have really been enjoying the visits from the pollinators.
The rescheduled 4th Annual Grow Gardens Conference on Friday, October 22nd had numerous engaging speakers and everyone brought home so many seeds. Thank you Kitty and the team from the Coalition of Community Gardens for continuing to expand the conversation around community gardens
It was a gorgeous day for the Seminole Heights Garden Tour on Sunday. We welcomed over 50 Seminole Heights neighbors to our garden, and it didn’t rain!
Seminole Heights Community Gardens is open to visitors and volunteers on Saturday mornings, 9am – 11am. Come see what we’re growing!
Join us next Sunday June 27, from 4 to 5 pm, when we will host a team of volunteers from IDEAS For Us supported by their partner One Tree Planted. This visit is significant for us, because the group is coming out to deliver and plant a gift of fifteen tropical fruit trees on our garden property.
Many hands make light work!
We’re pleased that IDEAS For Us chose the Seminole Heights Community Garden to receive these trees (and also their volunteer labor) in service to its mission advancing environment action worldwide. As they state it…
IDEAS For Us is working to implement local solutions to global climate issues by mobilizing individuals in eco-action projects and educating them on the environmental movement. IDEAS frequently works with like-minded groups and organizations to include more people in the mission and to expand the impact. We are honored to be partnering with the Seminole Heights Community Garden in creating a local eco-action project as we plant 15 fruit trees throughout the garden in order to provide a fresh and local food source and improve ecological health.
Our sincere thanks to them! And to you for coming out to join the effort. Please go to this Facebook link for more details.
We’ve been busy gardening through the Florida winter and spring, and the garden is as beautiful as ever. It has really been wonderful to see so many volunteers come out to help – both garden members and community members – to help maintain our lovely little corner of the earth.
A month or two back a student reporter from the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications spent a morning in our garden and published this article. Check it out!
If ever a peaceful sanctuary from the world was needed, the time is now. And those who have been regularly visiting our community garden know we have created just that place. All of the pictures shown above were shot at the garden within the past two weeks, and we put them together with the hopes they’ll share with you the peace of mind that can be found there. Like we said, it’s beautiful and thriving… come take part, to nurture the garden and nurture your heart and your soul.
(A warm thank you to Marc, our newsletter editor, for these wonderful words.)
In light of the current world situation and in front of any upcoming city or county shut-downs, we are closing Seminole Heights Community Gardens to all visitors.
What will this mean?
We will not open the garden on Saturdays for the foreseeable future. However, member gardeners will continue to tend the garden. If any visitors stop by we will kindly ask you to visit again in the future. Our garden water lilies will continue to water the garden. We will maintain the compost including community deposits which can be left in the buckets by the front gate.
We all think gardening is incredibly important in a time like this, but we’ll just have to do it separately for now. We look forward to seeing everyone again in the near future.
We are working on a new entrance to our garden. Here is a preview:
We are making it even easier to visit our community garden! Soon we will no longer have to use our *kind* neighbor’s driveway for access.
Mark your calendars:
We are celebrating our 10th!!! Earth Day Birthday this year! Join us for an open house and potluck 10am – 12pm on Saturday April 20th. Bring a dish to share and your own plates (we have utensils).
Art in the Garden returns to our garden on April 27th, 10am – 11:30am. All are invited to come to the Garden and create an art work inspired by the beauty of nature around you. Many supplies will be available – lots of colors of paint, oil pastel crayons, scissors, glue, pictures for collage. Paint on paper or cardboard, palm fronds or rocks. Local artists will be assisting. Plein Air painters are welcome. No charge, but donations towards the supplies are appreciated.
All of this is possible due to the generosity of Tish and Tim Ganey, who allow us to garden on their property.
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.
Curious about compost? Community members bring us kitchen scraps and deposit them in the white buckets just outside our fence. We have a 3 bin compost system which we dig out at least once a week and then layer in the scraps & coffee grounds together with dry leaves. Do you want to help us compost? We always welcome more!
-veggie scraps, fruit peels, almost everything plant-based (see exceptions below)
-coffee grounds & tea bags
-meat or dairy
-hard nut shells, avocado pits (these take too long to break down)
We use this dirt to plant everything in our garden which adds nutrients back in to the soil.
Join us Saturday mornings if you want to come by and see how it works, or we welcome scraps in the buckets near our sign (6114 River Terrace) at your convenience.
Thank you for helping us grow!