Apr 262012

Hello Garden Friends:

All the gardens are in full swing now! Lots of planting, weeding and mulching going on.
Here’s what’s happening in a garden near you:

Agape Garden, 7384 NW 16th Street in Ankeny (Next to the Faith Chapel and close by John Deere) Last weekend 34 fruit and shade trees were planted around the Agape Garden thanks to Trees Forever!
This week a new garden shed is going up in the Agape Garden which may be finished by this weekend. There is still plenty to plant in the garden. Volunteer help is needed.
Volunteer hours in the Agape garden are almost every Tuesday and Thursday evenings around 6:30 to dark and Saturday mornings around 8:30 til noon. Call Craig Crist to verify time and dates @ 515-577-8260 leave message if no answer. The Agape Garden always needs help.

Faith & Grace Garden.  Corner of 24th & Ashworth, WDM, just west of St. Timothy’s, park in the lot north of the church off 24th Street.
Lots of onions were planted and mulched over the weekend. Do you need newspapers and mulch for your garden? There are plenty available for pick-up at the Faith & Grace Garden!
Volunteer hours in the Faith & Grace Garden are Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Saturday 10:30 – Noon, and Sunday as arranged.
3,000 pounds of newspapers being unloaded for mulch!
Wood chips go on top of the paper to trap in water and keep out weeds

Volunteer hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings starting at 11 am running through May.

The Garden of Eden Project (GOEP) uses nearly ten acres of land spread out across the south side of Des Moines. We have 16 raised box gardens (4 x 12), 8 back yards, and 5 acres we are allowed to use for the Garden’s purposes. This land allows us to produce literally tons of fresh fruit and vegetables for the hungry in our Metro area.
For information about the Garden of Eden, please contact John Piper or by calling 515-240-3146.

St Francis of Assisi Garden The garden is located across the street to the North, from St Francis of Assisi church in the North-east corner of the playground.
We have potatoes, onions, and beets planted and bunny fencing up, plus wildflowers and perennials planted for more pollinators.  We still need to plant turnips, carrots, and broccoli and warmer vegetables.  We work on Sunday evenings from 6-7pm.
For more information, contact Jan Hoeman.
Potatoes getting planted and fencing erected at the St. Francis Garden on Earth Day.

Urban Harvest Garden – An outreach of Urban Heights Covenant benefitting the Urbandale/Windsor Heights Food Pantry
7605 Aurora, Urbandale, Iowa  278-1371

We have done some major projects in the garden in the last few weeks including building a  compost bin and planting trees.  Now we need to get busy with some power planting!  If the weather cooperates we will get rows laid out and then plan to plant on Monday and Tuesday  April 30 and May 1 beginning at 6.  Remember many hands make light work!

Last weekend 6 fruit trees were planted with the help of Trees Forever.  Join us anytime!

For more information Like us on Facebook or call 515 -314-2114
If you would like to read more about the garden join us on Blogger/Urban Harvest.  This year we are hoping for weekly posting with thoughts from the garden, the latest activities and a recipe.  For up to the minute garden happenings join us on Facebook at Urban Harvest.  If you would like to donate to Urban Harvest you can send a check with a designation on the note to:

Urban Heights Covenant –  7605 Aurora – Urbandale, Iowa
You can go to the church website at desmoineschurch.org to donate using PayPal.  All donations are tax deductible.  ALL produce is donated to the Urbandale/Windsor Heights food pantry. You can also connect to the blog and Facebook there.
For further information contact Garden Manager Beth Rydberg at 314-2114
For information and best times to garden, please email Beth Rydberg

See you in the garden!

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