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?
Thank you to all the members who helped us tie down the garden this week before the impending storm Irma. We will not be working in the garden Saturday 9/9/2017.
Good luck to everyone!
A huge thank you to Madeline Baker for our new look and logo – we love it!
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!
We had a fantastic day in the garden with the help of USF Student Volunteers during the annual city-wide service event called CHARGE. These students helped us weed and sift dirt and prep our garden for our upcoming fall planting. Thank you to all who came out today!
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.
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.
We are looking for folks willing to plant and nourish seedlings late summer to help us prepare for our fall crops. Garden nannies would be willing to plant seeds and care for them so they are strong and healthy come time to plant in September. We have plenty of seeds, soil, and pots to get you started. Send us an email if you are interested.
March 14th at 8:30 am / March 15th 1:00 pm
With only 1 week left until our garden open house, we need all the help we can get to make our garden even more inviting.Please join us this weekend to help us prepare for our big day by:
- Turn Compost
- Finish raking weeds out of newly tilled wildflower bed (near Highland)
- Plant wildflowers
- Dig furrows and add soil to create new beds for seedlings
- Plant seedlings (we need to get these lil ones in the ground!)
- Tidy up our meeting space
Please don’t forget to bring your own water to stay hydrated.