Community Kitchen Garden

Dec 21st, 2011

As the Growing Season Ends, We Reflect on Lewis Ginter's Community Kitchen Garden

by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’re only about one week away from shutting down the 2011 Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. We still have some kale and a few red cabbages growing, but it’s likely those will not contribute substantial weight to our total yield for 2011. We’ll end the […]

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Nov 11th, 2011

Still Truckin’

by Albert Brian Vick  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden We’re still truckin’ along in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Although it’s now nearly a week into November, the broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are not quite ready to harvest en masse. We harvested 26 pounds of beautiful broccoli and cabbage on October 31st, but […]

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Nov 10th, 2011

Power in the Garden

by Albert Brian Vick  Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The last Saturday in October, a group of seven Dominion associates worked at Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden. What started out as a shiver-inducing brisk morning quickly turned into t-shirt weather as the team cleared a large area to prep for the winter cover crop. The team also […]

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Nov 8th, 2011

Almost Time for Some Greens

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  That’s folksy talk referring to the fall vegetable garden. At Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden we have all the old tomato plants cleared, the stakes & cages stacked, a winter cover crop of annual rye and red clover sown, and we’re just a […]

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Nov 7th, 2011

Out with the Old, Again

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  It was a gorgeous morning at Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden. We took a day off from pampering the cole crops, and applied our energy to the incremental removal of some of the hundreds of tomato plants. The process of preparing the garden […]

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Nov 5th, 2011

Young People Learn & Volunteer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator &  Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden You  probably know that Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has hundreds of volunteers, who work thousands of hours each year, all over the Garden.  The Garden simply would not be what it is without the dedication and time our volunteers put in. But did you […]

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Sep 20th, 2011

It’s Getting Cole

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  It’s time to plant the “cole” crops: Brassica (Cruciferae) family members like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Five intrepid volunteers joined us for Fall planting day at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. “Intrepid” because they had no idea of the task before us: […]

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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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Jul 11th, 2011

From Field to Table — Think Local Veggies

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Note:  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently hired Brian Vick as our Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator. Brian had been a a volunteer at the Community Kitchen Garden  since early spring.   He will be helping a team of volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond, weed, water […]

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Jul 5th, 2011

They’re Here

by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator Note:  Brian Vick, has volunteered at the Community Kitchen Garden  since early spring.  He’s done such a fabulous job, that this week, the Garden hired him as the Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator.  He’ll be helping a team of volunteers from HandsOn Greater  Richmond, […]

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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 15th, 2009

Obama's Kitchen Garden Available for Tours This Weekend

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Want to see Michele Obama’s  Kitchen Garden? Now is your chance.  According to US News & World Report,  this weekend, the White House garden and grounds will be open for free tours.  Thanks to Red White & Grew for letting us know! The tour is […]

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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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Jul 14th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: First Harvest!

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The volunteers and staff continue to work hard in the vegetable garden; weeding, mulching, feeding, watering and what not, and finally we are starting to reap the rewards! Last week the first harvest was picked and delivered to Central Virginia Foodbank/ FeedMore, the recipients of all the […]

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Jul 14th, 2009

Community Kitchen Garden: United We Serve

by Janine Butler, Garden Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Please note, this blog post was originally published on June 29, 2009. We are getting close to our first harvest! According to Tom Brinda, Assistant Executive Director of Horticulture here at Lewis Ginter, the first of the summer squash are almost ready! They are quite small, but apparently […]

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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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