3rd Annual Big Event

The Lewisville ISD East Zone held its third annual Big Event yesterday and the Giving Garden was fortunate to have 22 Hebron students and their sponsor join us in a wonderful work day in the garden. We had a mountain of mulch to move and with the help of these strong students and a great group of gardeners the task was accomplished by mid-day. The mission of the Big Event reads:  “Through service-oriented activities, The Big Event promotes campus and community unity as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the surrounding community.”

Dallas Morning News Article

Dallas Morning News

The Giving Garden is featured online in the Dallas Morning News and in the
Metro section of today’s Sunday edition!! To read all about us go to:
Dallas Morning News March 26, 2017 Article

2015 Donation Record BROKEN!!!

Original post dated 11/19/2016:

Good morning, Gardeners!  I am very pleased to announce that The Giving Garden broke our all-time donation record TODAY!  Last year’s total produce donations were 2,078 lbs. but this year we have exceeded 2,100 lbs…..and we are still donating, thanks to all of your efforts!!!  As you know, all of our donated organic veggies, fruits, and herbs go to Christian Community Action and AUMC Food Share.

The temp was 46 degrees this morning, but a lot of you nevertheless showed up to help harvest.  (Check out the attached pics to see everyone wearing their winter coats!)  Our harvest totaled 54 lbs., including the following pounds:  kale – 2.5, collards – 2.5, mustard greens – .5, radishes & carrots & peppers – 4.5, turnips – 7.5, lettuce – .5, peppers – 9, eggplants (all sizes!) – 14.5, okra – 2, herbs – .5, sweet potato & cucumber – 1, chard 1.5, and kale & cabbage .5.  You may notice that a lot of these items are lightweight, but we made up for it with lots of bulk.

So this Thanksgiving, I want to thank each and every one of you for all you have done to help our neighbors in need by growing and donating nutritious and yummy food.  I also want to thank you for your efforts and energy, your support of this garden and your kindness to one another.  This Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for and I am thankful for just knowing each and every one of you!

 

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10,000 lbs Donated – Milestone Reached

Pounds of fresh produce

Pounds of fresh produce

The Giving Garden of Carrollton, the first community garden within Carrollton, is proud to announce that it has surpassed its 10,000 lb. milestone!

Since its inception in 2010, we have donated over FIVE TONS of organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs to Christian Community Action and AUMC Food Share so that everyone in our community may enjoy good nutrition.

A big “Thank You” to our gardeners and everyone who has helped to support the garden over the years.

A special thanks to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church and it’s members for providing the land and resources which makes the garden possible.

 

Plant Families and Crop Rotations

This file lists major plant families and suggests methods of crop rotation. It also includes a table matrix showing plants that are good and/or bad companions. It is an excellent reference for selecting plant groupings in your bed.

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companion-planting-printableVisit OneCreativeMommy WEB site.

(From HarvestToTable.com and OneCreativeMommy.com)

Work day 08-27-2016

We had a very successful workday with about 90% of all the gardeners coming out to work for the betterment of the garden. We had two student volunteers and a wonderful crew of eight people sent from the North Texas Food Bank.  Laura Margadonna ordered and received a delivery of compost on Thursday so we were equipped to direct the volunteers to wheelbarrow loads to all the plots that were ready for compost to raise the level of their beds.

Willie Lane directed some of the volunteers to get the remaining guide wires installed on the sagging rabbit fencing. Willie also lopped branches that were hanging around the side and back of the shed and installed an indoor/outdoor thermometer in the shed.

Joe Grizzel mowed, Jill White weeded the herb bed and sprayed some community bed plants, TC and Carolyn worked the berry patch and helped the harvesters.

Thanks to Laura Margadonna for picking up amendments and placing them in the shed for all gardeners’ use. Now is the time to amend your beds to prepare them for plantings.

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Workday 08-27-16

North Texas Food Bank Volunteers 08-27-16

Making a Difference

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As of July 2nd, The Giving Garden, Carrollton’s first community garden, has already donated 1,000 lbs. of fresh organic produce to people in need in 2016! In fact, our donations this year are almost twice what they were in previous years at this time! The Giving Garden donates its harvests to Christian Community Action and to AUMC’s Food Share programs so that all of our neighbors may enjoy nutritious meals. Sure, it’s hot outside but gardeners and volunteers are making a difference in people’s lives!

Happy 4th of July!

FlagVeteransAs we celebrate this weekend we are grateful for all those currently serving, those that have served as well as those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom!

Bunny Wranglers are Successful!

Bunny2A little bunny has been munching his way through the garden over the last few weeks.  This morning several gardeners, affectionately known as the “Bunny Wranglers,” managed to corner him in the back of the garden and Laura Margadonna pinned him with a stick while Martha Grizzel picked him up to relocate him outside the fence!