Janine Butler

Janine Butler is a former Garden Volunteer.

Nov 4th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Stinky Tomatoes and More Chores!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The growing season may be over, but there’s still plenty to be done in the Community Kitchen Garden and a little bit of rain doesn’t stop the volunteers at Lewis Ginter! Last week we had a good crew show up regardless of the rain and we picked […]

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Oct 13th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter: Get Ready for Spring!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Yes, you read that correctly. The heat of summer may only just be over, and many people are looking forward to the cooler weather of fall, but smart gardeners are already thinking about spring! Here at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden vegetable garden we are planning ahead […]

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Sep 16th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: So Long Summer, Hello Fall!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Well, the pools are closed for the year and the kids are back in school; I guess that means that summer is officially over! But nobody informed the vegetable garden – we continue to harvest vegetables every week! However, as the weather begins to cool down, we […]

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Aug 27th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Two-Thirds Towards the Goal!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We are two-thirds of the way to our goal of donating 10,000 pounds of vegetables to FeedMore! (FeedMore is the umbrella organization for the Central Virginia FoodBank and Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia.) On Monday, Karen Clowers, horticulture coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, delivered a […]

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Aug 10th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: A Special Report "The Vegetable Food Chain"

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden I have been working in the vegetable garden at Lewis Ginter for several months now; planting the vegetables, weeding and mulching, and harvesting along with many other volunteers. So I am pleased to bring you this ‘special report’ and show you more about what happens to the […]

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Jul 23rd, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Home Demo Garden

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden This week we spent some time tending the home demo garden. This is a small raised bed, approximately 4’ by 12’ that shows just how much home gardeners could grow in their own back yard, in a small area. It’s jam-packed with veggies such as Roma tomatoes, […]

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Jun 18th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Tomato Suckers and More!

By Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Do you know what I love about this volunteer gig? Every time I go to the garden I learn something new – this week was all about tomatoes (and yes, I say tom-ah-toe, not tom-ate-er). Tom Brinda, Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture at Lewis Ginter asked […]

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Jun 4th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Look What's Growing!

By Janine Butler, garden volunteer What a difference a couple of weeks can make!  Look at these pictures that were taken this morning: The squash seeds that we planted a couple of weeks ago are doing great.  I can’t believe that they could grow so big in such a short time!  The seed package did […]

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May 20th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Girl Power Gets it Done!

By Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden   Under the watchful eye of Tom Brinda, Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture & Education, the first team of vegetable garden volunteers got things moving on Saturday!  And what a team it was!  Five ladies, including myself showed up bright and early to continue the work […]

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May 15th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Planting Day Success!

By Janine Butler, garden volunteer Today was awesome!   About a hundred people participated in the celebration planting day this morning, including a group of 20  4- and 5-year-old students from New Directions Daycare. It was great fun watching the children get in the dirt and plant cabbages, bell peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.  It comes so natural to children – […]

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May 7th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Are you a Locavore?

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer  In November 2007 the Oxford University Press announced locavore as the Word of the Year.  No, until recently I had never heard of it either.  But now it seems that I keep hearing, and reading, the word ‘locavore’ more and more often. What is a locavore?  One definition from Dictionary.com: […]

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Apr 30th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Planting Day is May 14th!

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer Planting day has been scheduled!  If you’d like to come witness the planting of the Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter,  mark your calendars for Thursday,  May 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  It promises to be a fun event, with local schoolchildren stopping by to help plant as […]

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Apr 23rd, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: Plans for Planting

by Janine Butler, garden volunteer I went to a local store at the weekend with my neighbor, Susan, who was buying a few plants for her own home vegetable garden.  She bought a cool looking yellow tomato, a pepper, and a cucumber, and she already has some squash at home that she started from seeds […]

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