Seminole Heights Community Gardens


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Do you like having a community garden in Seminole Heights? Please support us with your membership!

photo by garden member Ellen Leedy

Being a part of the community garden brings many rewards.  Fresh organic produce of course, but also other benefits like meeting new friends while you enjoy Florida’s sunshine and the great outdoors in a beautiful patch of Old Seminole Heights.  There’s yoga sessions on Saturday mornings beginning again September 8th, and several scheduled gardening sessions especially created for young children (next one also September 8th).

We know we’re an important asset to the neighborhood, and we need more people to be an asset to our efforts.  Are you getting this newsletter from us each month, but haven’t committed yet to becoming a member? Don’t hold back! Go to this link to sign up now.

Or come out on a Saturday morning to ask us any questions you have about joining.  Here’s what you’ll discover — we’re a sociable bunch, the rules aren’t rigid or stifling, decision-making is democratic, and we grow and harvest our garden collectively. It’s a fun place to be and a fun group to be a part of.

Sound good? We’d love to have you aboard with us!

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Welcome (back) USF Student Volunteers!

Once again, the Seminole Heights Community Garden will benefit from a USF Morning of Service event. We’re expecting up to ten student volunteers to visit us this Saturday morning, arriving at 9:15-9:30 am and leaving 12:15-12:30 pm. That’s three hours of people power, and we need to show our appreciation with lots of members on hand to greet and guide them. Can you help?

 


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Your kitchen scraps help us make dirt!

Curious about compost? Community members bring us kitchen scraps and deposit them in the white buckets just outside our fence.  We have a 4 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!

Yes:

  • veggie scraps, fruit peels, almost everything plant-based (see exceptions below)
  • coffee grounds & tea bags
  • egg shells

No:

  • meat or dairy
  • citrus
  • 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.

The compost pile is usually open early on Saturday mornings if you want to come by and see how it works, or we welcome scraps in the buckets at our front gate at your convenience.

Thank you for helping us grow!


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Our monthly garden planning meeting is Monday February 20th @ 6:30pm

A reminder that our garden planning meeting is Monday, February 20th at 6:30 pm at the Seminole Heights Branch Library (SE corner of Central Avenue and Osborne). Yes, we checked and the library is open!

Please save your small yogurt cups!  We’re going to plan an Earth Day/birthday celebration in April, and we’d like to be able to give away seedlings in those cups.  We’ll discuss this and other projects on Monday evening.

We schedule the evening of the third Monday of each month to discuss all pertinent topics related to keeping our garden bountiful and our organization thriving. Everyone is welcome.

Please join us!


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We need leaves!

Are you cleaning up your yard and have bags of untreated leaves that you need to discard? We would love your leaves – we have a 4 bin compost system that we use to make our own organic dirt, and dry leaves are the “brown” layer necessary to balance out the veggie scrap “green” layer.  We’re in the garden on Saturday mornings so please feel free to drop by with your bags of leaves.  If that time doesn’t work, please contact us to coordinate another time! info.shcg@gmail.com

We appreciate your help!


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We Need Leaves!

We have two bags of leaves left to mix into our compost. Fall is just around the corner and is sure to decorate our yards with plenty of leaves to keep us going through next year. As you(and your neighbors!) are bagging them up instead of putting them by the curb for pickup, please donate them to the garden. You can either drop them off in the garden, we have a spot just inside the gate from the back alley, or contact us and we can arrange for someone to pick them up.