Mar 28th, 2015

Spring is Hopping in the Community Kitchen Garden

by Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The volunteer work crew from VCU

The volunteer work crew from VCU

Spring is here, and it has  been a very busy week in the Community Kitchen Garden. This past Saturday, a group of student volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth University and several Lewis Ginter volunteers worked cutting back ornamental grasses around the Conservatory, planting early spring vegetables, and preparing a site for growing hops!

Planting Hops for Center of the Universe beer

Planting Hops for Center of the Universe beer behind the Conservatory.

On Monday a crew from Center of the Universe Brewing Co. and Piedmont Hops, LLC. stopped by with twice recycled bourbon-beer barrels and hop rhizomes. They started installing the beginnings of the structure that will support our 20 new Cascade hop plants.  The first flowers should appear this fall.

Planting lettuce seedlings

VCU students planting lettuce seedlings in the Community Kitchen Garden benefiting FeedMore.

Later in the week, a volunteer group from Genworth Financial braved chilly temperatures to plant more vegetables, put together a cold frame, and create planting beds under the new hop structure where we will experiment growing in light shade. Genworth has supplied us with many great volunteers over the last several years.

Volunteers planting red Russian Kale. Luckily it is frost hardy and doesn't mind the freezing temperatures predicted for tonight.

Volunteers planting red Russian Kale. Luckily it is frost hardy and doesn’t mind the freezing temperatures predicted for tonight.

Genworth volunteers in the Community Kitchen Garden

Laura Schumm, Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist (left), with Genworth volunteers in the Community Kitchen Garden

This is my favorite time of the year, and with the help of these volunteers, this season is getting off to a great start!

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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