Hello garden friends and Grow Appalachia followers!
It’s March 2018, and since our last post we’ve celebrated the holidays and now winters end, well sorta. We got a few inches of snow on the first day of spring! Nevertheless, Over-the-Rhine People’s Garden is beginning to awaken. The garden is full of excited, committed gardeners who already have hoop houses are on several beds, pansies and daffodils are cheering up the space, and pea and dill seeds are in the ground.
Part of Over-the-Rhine’s new year resolution is to lead a successful market garden. I will be growing flowers and herbs for profit, selling a majority of my crops to neighborhood restaurants and small businesses. My journey will be documented through this monthly blog, so stay tuned for a colorful, fragrant season.
Other garden plans include growing vegetables and herbs for a local food pantry. Our garden is located near several popular breweries, which inspired another gardener to add a trellis to one of the brick walls in order to grow hops! Soil temperatures are slowly rising, and potato plugs will soon be going into the community bed. A bean teepee surrounded by purple and green cabbage will be fun addition to the back corner communal section of the garden too.
Two volunteer days with local organizations are planned for this spring: April 27th from 1:00PM-4:00PM and again on May 5th from 10:00AM-12:30PM. Organizing groups to tour our garden and lend us help allows for more people to learn how to grow food and of course getting bigger jobs completed faster. During these volunteer dates we hope to knock out spreading a load of compost to our raised beds and a load of wood chips onto our pathways. If you are interested in joining us on these dates or would like to set up a time to tour and volunteer in our city garden please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Kindness is… Growing carrots,” was written by a sweet kindergarten student at St. Francis Seraph School located 2 blocks from Over-the-Rhine People’s Garden. I work at the school, and I am fortunate to be able to share my love and knowledge of gardening with students by taking field trips to the garden and through teaching health & wellness classes.
Thanks again for following our urban garden, Over-the-Rhine People’s Garden, and we look forward to sharing this seasons adventures through our monthly blog. Please enjoy a few pictures from recent garden meet ups.
Peace, Love, Happiness and Gardening,
Christina Matthews, Garden Coordinator
Over-the-Rhine People’s Garden
Daffodils are a sure sign that spring is near and make us happy as we are busy planning. They also make a great addition to home bouquets.
Seeds are started in the shed as well as in my home. My cat Riff Raff is keeping a close eye on my baby flowers.
Spring Food: Sweet turnips, kale and rhubarb
Spring pansies, two pink dianthus perennials, and a forsythia bush are being added to the garden for a early splash of color.
A broadfork is used here to loosen the soil in our front bed, thanks to my husband for tilling the plot. I will begin to plant a succession of sunflower seeds for my new fresh flower business in the next few months.
Check out this huge earthworm that surfaced while loosening the soil. Earthworms are well respected garden friends as they offer many great soil benefits.
This picture shows where one of our community gardeners plans to add a 20 ft trellis up the brick wall and grow hops.