Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A big, fat THANK YOU to RWC, Dick Pierce and RWCEG volunteers!

It was a beautiful, not-windy, evening under the twinkling lights of the garden.  Children running in and out with fresh picks to place amongst the delicious dips and treats lovingly prepared by our garden fairies.  We had a nice group of women (and even some men!) come to hear Dick Pierce extol the virtues of clean, garden living.  He challenged us to live simply, 800 sq.ft. per person is plenty and plant more compact, raised bed gardens, (4'x4' and 8 hours of sun is all you need) in our FRONT lawns to create community.  He suggested planting more fruiting trees and what might work around garden; pomegranate, pear, plum and even some apple varieties.

I think the RWC is already planning to plant some dedication trees...

All in all, it was a great night for community and discussion about sustainability.  Thank you so much to all of you who came out, helped out and participated in our great garden experiment!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

RWCEG hosts RWC- Tues. Feb.26th 5-7pm

We are so excited to unveil our latest project to the Rollingwood Women's Club next Tuesday at their monthly meeting.  It's something we've been working on really since the garden's inception and is crucial to our mission to educate and inspire our community about how to grow your own food sustainably.

Early this month we installed four 18"x 36" signs on the exterior of the garden's perimeter fence explaining our mission, square foot gardening, rainwater collection and composting methods employed in the garden.

The text was created by Abigail King, graphics by Lisa Kirkpatrick and a group effort was headed by Don Harris to install the signs.  They're up for all to see and create a fun and informative addition to the hike and bike trail.

Thanks Rollingwood Women's Club for funding this important addition to the lower park!

Our guest speaker for the meeting will be 
Dick Pierce, of the Sustainable Food Center's "Citizen Gardner" program.  Dick is a force of nature when it comes to inspiring others to grow and connect with their community through food and I hope you can all come to the garden to hear him speak at 6pm Tues. Feb. 26th

Since the meeting starts a bit earlier than usual, 5pm, we wanted to create an activity for any kids that might arrive in tow.  Our scarecrow is in dire need of some new attire; old clothes, gloves, scarves, hats, and wigs plundered from your dress-up stash would be much appreciated.  With the help of the kids, we hope to keep her looking fresh.

Here's some inspiration.  See you at the garden soon!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Looking for a few good tires...

Virginia Rogan used to help out at her kids school garden and mentioned a fun project planting potatoes in tires.  I have not been able to stop thinking about it--the space saving resourcefullness and sheer fun of digging through dirt with the kids to find little tuber treasures is right up this garden's alley.  So when I read in today's paper that it was time to start planting potatoes, I was ALL over it!

Here's a link to a beginners guide to gardening with kids:

Hoping you'll let me know if you have a tire or 2 laying around that you might want to contribute to the project?  And maybe some, past their prime, sprouted organic potatoes sitting in your pantry?
More soon.