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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 […]

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 Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Winter solstice, coming up on December 21st, can be associated with darkness and cold, but recognition of the winter solstice traditionally celebrates the return of light, as the amount of sunlight each subsequent day gradually lengthens. “Solace” means comfort and consolation. […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator The cauliflower in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is maturing slowly but surely. The cooler than normal temperatures have slowed the process, but we’ve already harvested 202 lbs.* of Snow Crown curds and 116 lbs.* of cauliflower leaves for […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Dominion is now the 2012 corporate leader in both the total number of associates and total number of hours committed to the success of the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Dominion achieved the leadership position as of Monday, October 22, […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Ipomea batatas that is – sweet potatoes. We started the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden sweet potato harvest on Saturday, 10/20, approximately 112 days after planting the initial “slips”. A nice team representing J-Town Richmond –- including Nerice Lochansky, Tanisha […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Planting is now complete for the 2012 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden cole crops. A diverse and energetic group of volunteers came to the garden on Saturday, September 22 and completed the planting of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. September 1 […]

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by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator  I just got an email from Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Brian Vick with some great news! As of this week, we’ve surpassed the amount of fresh vegetables that we’ve grown here at the Garden to donate to FeedMore  compared to the same time last year. […]

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Squashing a squash pest

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Research Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  So far this season here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, the squash vine borer has been one of our most destructive pests. These pesky insects can cause major damage in your garden before you realize what’s going on; and they are gradually […]

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Seasonal Swing

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator The summer harvest season has definitely been in full swing here in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden, and we’re still swinging for the fences. The photos below illustrate a natural progression, with our harvest weighted toward squash/zucchini in June […]

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Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator We’ve received several questions about the near-perfect beauty of our Gold Rush squash. In truth, it’s a hybridized zucchini (Cucurbita pepo). The color is wonderfully uniform & consistent, and frankly almost looks unreal. Reasons: 1) It’s a hybrid, designed to […]

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