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Garden News 7-31-17

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Jul 312017
 

The Faith & Grace Garden – On the News!
If you missed the news last night – You can still view the segment online.  Thanks to the wonderful people at WHO 13 who helped us spread the good word about the Faith & Grace Garden!!

Metro Community Gardens Providing Fresh Food to Hungry Iowans

Come out this week and enjoy the mild weather while helping bring in the harvest!

Harvest Info (Lbs) As Of July 29

Bush Beans 80
Blue Berries 104
Cabbage 30
Cucumbers 20
Garlic 20
Kale 25
Onions 165
Peppers 25
Radishes 115
Potatoes 275
Tomatoes 502
Watermelon 50
Zucchini 100
Total Harvested 1511
Trinity Methodist 568
WDM Human Services 943

Total Donated 1511 lbs


Busy Purple Martins get all their food by eating flying insects. They  are an important means of pest control in the garden.

Is a Boy Scout that you know looking for an Eagle Project? We would greatly appreciate some more martin houses and bat houses around the garden. Please have interested Scouts contact Tim Goldman


BE A GARDEN VOLUNTEER!

HERE’S HOW:
Students Wishing to Earn Service Hours by volunteering in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/gUJ9V1

Everyone else wishing to volunteer in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/WGsJLt

Why register? It allows us to advise you of last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link on the left to see our SignUp on SignUp.com

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
4) Remember to click the green  SAVE button after you have selected your sign ups.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

 

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Garden News 6-1-17

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Jun 022017
 

SH-H-H: Surprise retirement celebration for Mark Marshall
Saturday, June 3rd 5-6:30pm


As many of you know, Faith & Grace Garden Founder and Volunteer Number Uno Mark Marshall recently retired from the US Postal Service. We will be recognizing Mark for his 30+ years service at the Post Office and thanking him for his continuing dedication to the garden at our Garlic Festival on June 3.
Please come as we honor Mark on Saturday 5-6:30pm in the Parish Hall at St. Timothy’s.


Introducing our new 11 hp walk behind tractor!

We have a wonderful new piece of equipment in the garden that is making our work easier, faster, and will boost what we can grow. Our new 11 hp tractor has a hiller/furrower, rear tine tiller and a flail mower. The tractor and all the implements were purchased with a grant from the BWA Foundation. We are very grateful for their support!


GARLIC FESTIVAL
Mark your calendar: Saturday June 3

Picnic at 5 pm Gardening to Follow
Bring a side dish to share and dinnerware
Meat dish, a vegetarian casserole  and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP Tim at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com


BE A GARDEN VOLUNTEER!

HERE’S HOW:
Students Wishing to Earn Service Hours by volunteering in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/gUJ9V1

Everyone else wishing to volunteer in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/WGsJLt

Why register? It allows us to advise you of last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link on the left to see our SignUp on SignUp.com

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
4) Remember to click the green  SAVE button after you have selected your sign ups.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 6-30-17

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Jun 022017
 

Thank you Walnut Creek Church!!!

WOW!! 700 sweet potato plants, 4 rows of eggplants, 6 rows of cabbage and 2 rows more peppers planted over Memorial Day weekend by 56 volunteers from Walnut Creek Church.

Lots of mulching and weeding was done, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GARLIC FESTIVAL
Mark your calendar: Saturday June 3

Picnic at 5 pm Gardening to Follow
Bring a side dish to share and dinnerware
Meat dish, a vegetarian casserole  and beverages will be provided.
Please RSVP Tim at timothyjgoldman@gmail.com


BE A GARDEN VOLUNTEER!

HERE’S HOW:
Students Wishing to Earn Service Hours by volunteering in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/gUJ9V1

Everyone else wishing to volunteer in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/WGsJLt

Why register? It allows us to advise you of last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link on the left to see our SignUp on SignUp.com

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
4) Remember to click the green  SAVE button after you have selected your sign ups.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 5-5-17

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May 052017
 

“The intelligent way to be selfish is to work for the welfare of others” — The Dalai Lama “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”— Aristotle “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare “Only a life lived for others is worth living. — Albert Einstein “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”— Mahatma Gandhi

Its National Volunteer Week….

Cinco De MayoOn Friday, May 5 come celebrate all things Latino with a potluck picnic starting at 6pm followed by gardening at 7pm.
Potluck  – 6pm
Bring a side dish and dinnerware
Burgers, brats, buns and beverages provided
Gardening   7pm
Kids in Bed 9pm


BE A GARDEN VOLUNTEER!

HERE’S HOW:
Students Wishing to Earn Service Hours by volunteering in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/gUJ9V1

Everyone else wishing to volunteer in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/WGsJLt

Why register? It allows us to advise you of last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link on the left to see our SignUp on SignUp.com

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
4) Remember to click the green  SAVE button after you have selected your sign ups.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

 

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Garden News 4-24-17

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Apr 252017
 

“I believe that the community – in the fullest sense: a place and all its creatures – is the smallest unit of health and that to speak of the health of an isolated individual is a contradiction in terms.  – Wendell Berry, The art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays


What Volunteers Are Doing in the Garden:

Potato Planting Now Underway – Students and faculty from Iowa State University and Dowling Catholic High School started planting potatoes on Saturday morning. We hope to have the potatoes all planted by the end of April.

 

CITY OF WDM ENFORCEMENT ACTION: GOOD BYE HIGH TUNNEL!

Our high tunnel has been  fixture in the garden for the past five years. We use the high tunnel to start plants in the spring and to extend the growing season in the fall. The City fire code views the high tunnel as a tent (sort of like those grocery store garden centers that pop up in the spring) which must be taken down during the off season). We realized once the high tunnel was first erected that it could not come down without impairing its structural integrity (the ability to withstand high winds). So after many discussions the high tunnel is coming down by June 30.

Hello Greenhouse – We are how considering the addition of a greenhouse as a permanent structure to the garden. While more expensive than our high tunnel it can provide many additional benefits including City approval.


BE A GARDEN VOLUNTEER!

HERE’S HOW:
Students Wishing to Earn Service Hours by volunteering in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/gUJ9V1

Everyone else wishing to volunteer in the Garden, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/WGsJLt

Why register? It allows us to advise you of last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link on the left to see our SignUp on SignUp.com

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
4) Remember to click the green  SAVE button after you have selected your sign ups.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


On Friday, May 5 come celebrate all things Latino with a potluck picnic starting at 6pm followed by gardening at 7pm.

On June 3 from 4pm until dark we will be celebrating the diversity of our natural world and humankind.

Through the lens of garden activities we will bring people of diverse backgrounds together to see how nature thrives on diversity through the interaction of soil, plants and people.

There will be activities for people of all ages followed by a potluck supper and brief program. Bring your family and friends.

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

 Posted by at 4:09 am

Garden News 4-17-17

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Apr 172017
 

“I believe that the community – in the fullest sense: a place and all its creatures – is the smallest unit of health and that to speak of the health of an isolated individual is a contradiction in terms. – Wendell Berry, The art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

What are Volunteers Doing in the Garden during April:

Transplanting in the Hoop House: (To the Left)
Dowling Catholic HS teachers spent a morning helping us. We have over 1,000 tomato and pepper plants to transplant this spring

Spreading Mulch: (Below)
JD and Malachi spreading mulch which will suppress weed growth and retain water where we plan to plant peppers in May…

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Garden Picnic
Celebrate with a potluck picnic starting at 6pm

Drip Irrigation System for Raised Beds    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbYRdvEUJ70

7 Vegetable Garden Shortcuts: Gardening Tips to Save Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Ibzhbz0Kc&feature=em-subs_digest


BE A GARDEN VOLUNTEER!

HERE’S HOW:

Students Wishing to Earn Service Hours by volunteering in the Garden in March, Register Here:

http://signup.com/go/2VLV64
Everyone else wishing to volunteer in the Garden in March, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/a5U4C5

Why register? It allows us to advise you of last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link on the left to see our SignUp on SignUp.com
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 3-16-17

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Mar 212017
 

Hello Gardeners:

Saturday looks like it will be our first volunteer day in the garden – sunny and warm (for March). A great day for spreading mulch! We will be in he garden from 10:30am-Noon on Saturday.

Use the volunteer sign-up here: http://www.growthefood.org/volunteer-today/

See you in the garden!

Tim

PS: Our young ones are growing a lot stronger after replacing some of the fluorescent bulbs:

 Posted by at 2:23 am

Garden News 3-8-17

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Mar 092017
 

Let’s Get a Jump Start on Growing the Food!
Volunteer Today: http://www.growthefood.org/volunteer-today/

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

Just because it’s winter in Iowa, doesn’t mean you can’t get your garden going. All it takes is some seeds, seed starting mix, some seed germinating plastic trays, heat mats, florescent lights/fixtures and common jack chain.

From our Master Gardener Mark Marshall: To get your seeds started, fill your germinating trays up with seedling potting mix about 80%. We’ve found that seedling potting mix is expensive.  It’s cheaper to make your own.  All you need is 4 parts sphagnum peat moss, 2 parts manure compost, 1 part vermiculite, and 1 part perlite.  Mix together with warm water and place into your plastic trays. Next, drop your seeds and cover them with moist soil and cover with your germinating tray lids.  Place your trays onto heating mats. As soon the the seeds germinate and start growing, remove the covers and turn on the lights and set them a few inches from the soil.  As your plants grow, raise your lights and keep the plants from touching the bulbs.  Water daily or every other day depending on the soil moisture and spray liquid calcium on the plants regularly. As your plants get bigger and the weather gets warmer, transplant into larger pots.

Seeds: http://www.seedsavers.org/onlinestore/
Seeding & Potting Mix: http://www.menards.com/main/lawn-garden/seeds-bulbs/4-quart-seed-and-potting-mix/p-1487951-c-10125.htm
Make Your Own Seed Starter Mix: 4 parts sphagnum peat moss, 2 parts manure compost, 1 part vermiculite, and 1 part perlite
Plastic Seed Germinating Trays: http://www.farmtek.com/farm
Heat Mats: http://www.sears.com/dirt-genius (Water daily if you’re using these)
Utility Shop Light Fixture: http://www.homedepot.com/Shoplight
Bulbs: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philips-4-ft-T8-32-Watt-Natural-Light-5000K
Jack Chain: http://www.homedepot.com/Zinc-Plated-Jack-Chain (Make sure you measure and leave yourself enough slack to easily adjust up/down)
Liquid Calcium Spray: http://www.nutri-cal.com/products/nutri-cal-32oz-ready-to-use-bottle

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Garden News 3-2-17

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Mar 022017
 

Annual Hope for the Hungry Conference Focuses Fighting Local Hunger

Hope for the Hungry
9am – 4pm
Saturday, March 4
Grace Lutheran Church
3010 52nd St DSM

This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other gardeners and to about learn anti-hunger initiatives from a spectrum of local  experts. Download this Flyer for Registration Information


BIZARRE WEATHER

Garlic planted last fall is already up and 3 inches. Usually we do not see garlic shoots like this until April. Picture taken earlier today.


FREE SWEET POTATO STARTS

Each year the Faith & Grace Garden buys 500 extra sweet potato starts to share with local donation gardens (school, faith or community) at no cost. If you would like to reserve some starts for your garden, please reply to this message. Let us know how many you need and we will let you know when they will be ready for pick-up which will be later this spring.

 


BE A GARDEN VOLUNTEER!

HERE’S HOW:

Students Wishing to Earn Service Hours by volunteering in the Garden in March, Register Here:

http://signup.com/go/2VLV64
Everyone else wishing to volunteer in the Garden in March, Register Here:
http://signup.com/go/a5U4C5

Why register? It allows us to advise you of last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link on the left to see our SignUp on SignUp.com
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Supercharge Your Soil for Spring! Here’s How- Soil link
Starting your garden plants from seed? Try soil blocking – Here’s How Soil blocking


Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 – timothyjgoldman@gmail.com
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 – wdmmarshall@msn.com

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Garden News 2-13-17

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Feb 142017
 

SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

Annual Hope for the Hungry Conference Focuses Fighting Local Hunger

Hope for the Hungry
9am – 4pm
Saturday, March 4
Grace Lutheran Church
3010 52nd St DSM

This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other gardeners and to about learn anti-hunger initiatives from a spectrum of local  experts.

Download this Flyer for Registration Information

Who volunteered in the garden in 2016….

# People # Hours
Churches 140 830
Community 45 246
Schools 168 556
Total 353 1632

 

What we grew in 2016…….

Units in Lbs
apples 35
Asparagus 25
Bush Beans 213
Blueberries 97
Cabbage 35
Cantaloupe 155
collards 34
Cucumbers 431
Eggplant 8
kale 60
Lettuce 130
Onions 751
Peas 30
Peppers 264
Pumpkins 85
Radishes 180
Potatoes 376
Strawberries 55
Sweet Potatoes 685
Tomatoes 2393
Turnips 170
Water melons 120
Winter Squash 55
Zucchini 585
Total Harvested 6972
Where it went in 2016…….
DMARC 155
Trinity 2446
Lutheran Social Services 370
Catholic Workers 100
WDM Human Services 3901
Total Donated 6972

 

 

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