Aug 25th, 2011

Power of the Pharoahs

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Alumni from Richmond Community High School came out to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden last Saturday. They helped propel the garden forward by weeding, feeding, and harvesting.  This was one of the happiest and most supportive groups of people I’ve ever been […]

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Aug 19th, 2011

Up & Down

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Cukes are up and coming along nicely in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, aiming for a late September harvest. I saw an adorable little white moth flitting about. It’s likely to forecast cabbage worms. I tried to use the brute force organic […]

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Aug 18th, 2011

Patrick Dougherty: A Slide Show

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Have you seen Patrick Dougherty’s Meadowmorphosis — “Diamonds in the Rough” stick sculpture yet?  While we were building it, we gave you daily updates — with blog posts, photographs and video. But it’s been a while since we mentioned it — so I thought I’d remind […]

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Aug 15th, 2011

Scoring Big, Then & Now

Note:  We already brought you the update on the tally or our deliveries last week, but Albert Brian Vick, our Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator has a special report for you about the details. I love how he always seems to get the inside scoop! by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden […]

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Aug 14th, 2011

Breakfast on a Stick, or the “Perfect” Weed?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve allowed this Amaranth plant to mature – so far –  in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, adjacent to the cucumber patch. We wanted to determine exactly which variety we had – a “grain” amaranth or just the “weedy” variety. In the U.S., […]

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Aug 13th, 2011

Good Enough to Eat?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator At the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden we’ve produced several stellar specimens of “weeds” so far this season. That’s one of the challenges to keep up with when you’re blessed with the good size of our garden. For example, one of our tomato […]

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Aug 11th, 2011

Yellow Tomatoes, Anyone?

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator It almost seems counter-intuitive for the idea of growing tomatoes, but sunshine is a double-edged sword. Tomato fruits actually need to be shaded somewhat by foliage, otherwise the result is the yellowing shown here, or even outright sun-scald, which has a bruising, destructive […]

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Aug 10th, 2011

Worth Their Weight in Gold

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator These three volunteers may have set a harvesting record yesterday in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Within just three hours they collected ten cases of tomatoes and four cases of summer squash. We could go through the math of the retail value […]

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Aug 9th, 2011

Top Ten

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Always a provocative title, but here’s the thing. You’ve seen the pie tins hung in gardens to keep birds away, right? Well, this is the modern version. It’s too long a story to describe where I first saw this idea, but it’s been […]

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Aug 7th, 2011

Entomology 102: Leaf Bugs

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator This post is course number “102″, following the Entomology 101 course recently experienced in-depth with the Squash Bugs. After the Squash Bug assault, to put it mildly I’ve become more attuned to the presence of insects in the vegetable garden. Normally I completely […]

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Jul 30th, 2011

All Kinds of Wingnuts

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  A few months ago, a friend introduced me to a new tree. He showed me a painting that looked a bit like this photo below, and told me it was a wingnut. I must have looked at him like he was crazy. Indeed that seemed […]

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Jul 28th, 2011

The Ginter Geezers

by Michelle Smith, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As I was walking through the Spring Plant Sale a few months back, I met a man by the name of Dick Elcock. Some of you that have been around the Garden for a while may know him, I did not. I was telling […]

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Jul 27th, 2011

Youthful Vigor Handles the Rigor

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Despite the heat, we’re on a roll in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden. The current crop of zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes. We had a small section of usable space not yet planted, so with the help of the Tyler […]

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Jul 24th, 2011

Lewis Ginter’s Youth Volunteer Program Offers Meaningful Volunteer Experiences

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children’s Garden has many fans. But some of its biggest supporters don’t know about everything that happens in the Children’s Garden. When you think of the Children’s Garden, you might think of the accessible-to-all tree house, festivals, art projects, or toddlers watering plants with […]

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Jul 23rd, 2011

Tomato Nose

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator In 2008 the European Union relaxed its previously strict rules against the marketing of “imperfect” fruits and vegetables, but only on 26 varieties – not including tomatoes. At the time of the announcement, European Commission spokesman Michael Mann said “This is a happy […]

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