Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Most of the planning is nearing completion for the 2013 Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Beginning its 5th year, the Community Kitchen Garden is dedicated to growing fresh produce for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels and after-school feeding programs.
You’ll see we’ve reduced the volume of tomato (Solanaceae) and squash (Cucurbitaceae) plants compared to previous years. That’s because of crop rotation requirements. We rotate plant families within our limited space in order to minimize pest and plant disease challenges. The selection of crops is made in concert with Feedmore’s Community Kitchen staff, based on their menu planning.
Would you like to see our detailed planting schedule? If you are volunteering and want to know what you’ll be planting, or if you are following along at home and want to know when to plant a particular vegetable in the Richmond Region, we’ve got that detailed planting list for you too: What we are planting & When PDF. Oh, and if you want to see the calendars or maps in a larger format, just click on them.
Stay tuned for more updates!