Laura Schumm

About Laura Schumm

Laura is the Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. When she's not working in vegetable garden, she enjoys spending her days at the river and checking out all of the new restaurants the Richmond food scene has to offer.

Aug 12th, 2016

Southern Blight in the Garden

Sadly, we recently discovered southern blight on some of the tomatoes and peppers in our Community Kitchen Garden.  Since our mission is education, we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the causes and symptoms of southern blight and what can be done about it.  Also, it’s a chance to show that everyone — even […]

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Jul 1st, 2016

Summer is for Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a favorite summer vegetable for many, and for good reason. There is nothing like a sweet juicy tomato fresh off the vine in the middle of July! Tomatoes are a perfect vegetable for beginner gardeners because they are so easy to grow, and there are so many types and varieties to choose from. […]

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Mar 29th, 2016

Ready, set, grow!

It’s that time again! It’s time to come out of winter hibernation and get the garden ready for spring planting!  If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for the warmer weather and are itching to get outside again.  The winter months give us the opportunity to rest a bit and plan for the next year, but […]

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Aug 10th, 2015

Craft Beer Craze

For those you out there that consider yourselves lovers of craft beer and beautiful gardens, you might already be aware of a fun new partnership that started in 2015. The craft beer industry is quickly becoming an integral part of the local  and tourist economies in Richmond, and across the state of Virginia. So the […]

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Jul 23rd, 2015

A Hippopotamus-sized Harvest!

This is turning out to be a very successful season in the the Community Kitchen Garden.  It’s the second week of July, and this week we delivered 518 lbs. of fresh vegetables to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen.  This brings our total for the season to just over 3,000 lbs. To put that into perspective, here are […]

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Jun 22nd, 2015

Helping Hands in the Garden

It’s been a great, but hot, week in the Community Kitchen Garden. This week we took two deliveries to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen for a combined total of 478 lbs. This one week’s deliveries exceeded our year-to-date donations. Welcome summer! Here’s what we delivered: beets: 73 lbs., squash/zucchini: 324 lbs., celery: 38 lbs., kale: 10 lbs., eggplant: […]

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Jun 14th, 2015

Volunteer’s Bountiful Harvest

This week Genworth Financial sent another great group of volunteers to work in the Community Kitchen Garden.  The volunteers helped harvest 159 lbs. of fresh vegetables to take to Feedmore’s Community Kitchen, our largest donation of the season so far.   This donation brings our year-to-date total to 461 lbs. The harvest included spring crops like kale and […]

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Jun 7th, 2015

A Rainbow of Nutrients

Lewis Ginter Botanidal Garden is usually a pretty colorful place, but in the Community Kitchen Garden those colors equate to a wide variety of nutrients! Red vegetables like tomatoes and watermelon are high in lycopene, which helps the body fight off free radicals. Orange fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash are […]

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May 15th, 2015

Celebrating our First Harvest

Last week was an important week in the Community Kitchen Garden: we made our first harvest of the season! On Monday morning I had the pleasure of working with Lewis Ginter volunteer Diane Kerns and HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteer Becky Potter, and we harvested 81 pounds of lettuce and kale. That’s nowhere near the largest […]

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Dec 9th, 2012

The Root of the Problem

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden we increased the diversity among our crops this season, and we experimented with many different root crops. We grew beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, white potatoes and sweet potatoes. We […]

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Nov 9th, 2012

Best Friends Forever

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Plants have relationships in the same way that people have relationships. Like humans, some plants get along and some don’t. Companion planting is a practice that takes advantage of the beneficial relationships between certain plants to deter […]

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Oct 19th, 2012

A Not So Sweet Surprise

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator As we’ve mentioned on this blog,  in July volunteers planted 250 sweet potato slips in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. The slips were donated by Clifton Slade from his organic farm in Surry, Va.   Sweet potatoes […]

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Oct 5th, 2012

Friend or Foe?

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator There has been a large amount of insect activity here in the Community Kitchen Garden this year at Lewis Ginter, partly due to the extreme heat this summer and the mild winter temperatures. When combating pests in your […]

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Aug 9th, 2012

The Down Side of Downy Mildew

Like any vegetable garden, the Community Kitchen Garden here at Lewis Ginter has its fair share of pest and disease problems.  I’m the Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern for the summer, and wanted to share with you a behind-the-scenes look at disease and pest control in a large scale production community garden. Here at Lewis […]

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