Garden Blog

Mid Season Tasks
July
10th
2017

Eric Hsu, a fellow gardener and horticulturist shares his insight regarding mid season tasks for the garden. Our pace can slacken in midsummer after the spring frenzy of cleaning and planting. Seedlings that needed coddling early on hopefully have matured and beginning to show promises of a late summer harvest. However...

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Butterfly Memoir: childhood memories
June
25th
2017

Do you remember what it was you were captivated by as a child? When I was a little girl I started a collection of butterflies. (Disclaimer: none of the butterflies that made their way into my collection were alive when I found them.) I grew up out in the woods and...

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How Gardening Can Help Those In Addiction Recovery
June
17th
2017

Gardening has long been a way to reduce stress and feel better about oneself, but lately it’s also been used to help people in recovery cope with their feelings and learn better, healthier practices. Because gardening is such good exercise--and because daily exercise is a big part of helping individuals...

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Recipe: Seasoned Tomato Sauce Recipe for Home Canning
November
13th
2016

To finish our 2016 off with a bang, Jonathan Atwood provided us with an installment of Recipes on the Blog.  With the end of summer near, those of us with tomato plants are often found scrambling for ideas of what to do with our bounty. One classic idea is to make...

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The Pea Plague
August
18th
2016

Marjorie, an avid pea lover and member of Girard Garden delves into a pea plot mystery that has plagued us all summer. A number of gardeners have struggled to grow peas, but a few have succeeded. Here is a copious list of possible problems associated with growing them. I wondered if some...

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You say Tomato, I say Tomahto
August
18th
2016

Jane shares with us her tomato research saying "Thought I would share this since I am not having a good tomato season. Can’t wait to try the egg shells next year. Happy Gardening." This was taken from Gardens Alive Website. The author is Mike McGrath. You probably know him from “You...

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Recipe: Spaghetti with Burst Cherry Tomatoes
December
3rd
2015

Megan's third post for our Recipes on the Blog just in time to share with family and friends for the holiday season. If you have ever grown cherry or grape tomatoes, you know that they are prolific plants, giving you lots of tasty little treats. But as if often the case...

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Recipe: Hot Sauce
December
3rd
2015

Megan G. joins us for another round of Recipes on the Blog. If you have ever grown your own hot peppers, whether it’s one jalapeno plant or, like me, a dozen or so hot pepper varieties, you know that there are only so many things you can sprinkle chopped up peppers...

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Recipe: Banana Pepper Mustard/Relish
November
12th
2015

Another day of Recipes on the Blog. Today we are making a condiment masterpiece. Anisha shares her delicious concoction using the tons of peppers still in her garden. (Yes, in November!) This mustard tastes great on sandwiches, burgers, and can even be mixed with olive oil and vinegar to make...

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Recipe: Pico de Gallo
September
22nd
2015

Another segment of our Recipes on the Blog featuring an awesome mom, wife, exhibit designer and gardener, Megan G. This is the first recipe in her series. Pico de Gallo I don’t know about you, but I have never been a fan of jarred salsa. It tastes too processed, and is often one...

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Garden Lock Debate; an email from a gardener
September
22nd
2015

Greetings! My name is Sheena, and I am a member of Girard Garden! I have been a member of this community garden for five seasons now. Some herbs and veggies that I enjoy growing include: Kale, Okra, tomatoes, arugula, collards, zucchini, sage, cilantro, basil and so much more! In thinking about...

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Recipe: Blueberry Zucchini Cake / Chocolate Zucchini Bread
August
12th
2015

Recipes on the Blog featured tonight are from Holly  & (Prudence, the beagle), which she (Holly) swears are amazing ways to disguise some green veggie goodness into your desserts. Blueberry Zucchini Cake w/ Lemon Buttercream  [I am Baker]         Ingredients 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup vegetable oil 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups white sugar 2 cups finely shredded and...

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Recipe: Vegetarian Moussaka
August
11th
2015

Here is our continuation of Recipes on the Blog. We are showcasing the lovely eggplant or aubergine! Who knew that this delicious veggie is related to the potato and tomato. Again, Anisha shares her cooking chops with us gardeners. Here is her tried and true vegetarian moussaka. Vegetarian Moussaka Moussaka is typically served...

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Recipe: Roasted Beet Pesto/ Beet Sweet Potato Burgers
July
28th
2015

We are starting a series of Recipes on the Blog. To start us off for summer of 2015 we are featuring the humble but versatile beet! Anisha, an avid vegetable eater and [Girard] garden variety chef shares two delicious recipes she likes to use when cooking with beets. Roasted Beet Pesto...

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Composting @ Girard Garden
July
27th
2014

Here are the fun facts about our compost: Compost Bin #1. Do’s and Don’ts Do’s Please bring all your kitchen scraps for the compost. Cut up kitchen scraps before putting them in the compost, the smaller the pieces the quicker they will decompose Composts love coffee grinds, tea, lint from the dryer and shredded paper Remove any...

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Get to know Holly Brown!
June
29th
2014

Holly is a new gardener with us this year and we asked her to share a little about herself, her garden plot and why she loves to garden. Here is what she says: It is my hope to create a parterre, one of my many loves of the gardening world. My...

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Pruning Tomatoes | Fine Gardening
June
3rd
2014

Here is an "everything you need to know" short video from Fine Gardening about tending to your tomato plants that includes pruning, staking, when to top, etc. I had no idea one should prune their tomato plants and also sacrifice the first buds to allow for fuller growth.  I see...

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Community Gardening and Carbon Footprints
July
30th
2013

Reposted from The Energy Co-op, July 29, 2013: Here at the Co-op we like to throw around the word “community.” We talk about the impact our energy choices have on our local community and one of our core values is that by joining together, we positively impact our lives and our...

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Okra and Tomato Stew Recipe
June
10th
2013

One of our gardeners, Raquel Moreno, shared this delicious recipe with us. You can also find this recipe in her upcoming book La Nena's Kitchen. Okra and Tomato Stew with Bay Leaf Brown Rice Serves 4 Ingredients 2 cups long-grain brown rice 2 dried bay leaves 4 cups purified water or chicken broth 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil...

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Germinate
August
13th
2012

When you plant seeds they need water in order to grow. Once they sprout they need sunlight and more water. Three years ago, the seed for Girard Gardens was planted. After the Berean Institute gave us permission to start a community garden, we did some planning, held some meetings, took...

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