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Saturday, March 19, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

My trellis of fragrant clematis.
One of my favorite first smells of Spring!
I've been in dirt and compost up to my eyeballs all glorious day. I worked with friends from the neighborhood (homies?  or 'hoodies?) on our neighborhood Community Garden. Then came home to work on my own. Ouch! Oh, but the spinach and lettuce in my garden look good in their neat little bed of dirt and my compost bin is much lighter. 

As I'm from a farming community (I grew up with tobacco fields on two sides and a pasture across the road.) it might be difficult for some friends and family from back home to grasp the idea or need for community gardens. 

A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Start your own! Share the work and the results!
Did you know that Forsyth County is home to the country’s first community garden? The 1759 Community Garden, the only known, well-documented colonial community garden and the 1761 Medical Garden, the earliest known, well-documented colonial medical garden in the United States are both located in Historic Bethabara Park.

Today, Forsyth County is home to at least 40 Community Gardens. With its great heritage of community gardening, Forsyth County is a natural location for a Community Garden Resource Program.

Forsyth County Cooperative Extension has established a resource program to support and grow the community garden movement in Forsyth county by providing resources to new gardens and already established gardens. The public is invited to participate in the Community Garden movement that is sweeping the country! People all over the United States are coming together to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, healthy lifestyles, and social capital by being involved with community gardens in neighborhoods, parks, urban centers, and on church campuses.

Gardening Workshops Around Town this month:

Four Season Vegetable Gardening
Tuesday, March 22, 7-8PM
Central Library
660 West 5th St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
It is easier than you think to grow vegetables in all four seasons in the Piedmont. Find out tips to extend the season for the fall as well as spring vegetables.

Vegetable Gardening 101
March 24th, 2-3PM
Reynolda Manor Library
2839 Fairlawn Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Find out information to begin your first vegetable garden. Discussion will include finding the right location, how to take a soil test and improve your soil, and which vegetables are the easiest for the beginner to grow. Contact Kathy Hepler 703-2852 to register.

Community Gardening Networking Event
March 24th 7-9PM
Forsyth Agriculture Building
1450 Fairchild Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Learn more about Community Gardening. Connect with other Community Gardeners. FInd ways to become involved with your Community. Free and open to the public. Anyone who works with an existing community garden is encouraged to attend. Please contact Mary Jac Brennan at 703-2869.

Plants for Collectors: Daylilies
March 29th, 12:30 PM
Reynolda Gardens
A photo tour of daylilies developed by the speakers at their Surry County farm and registered with the American Hemerocallis Society, plus many that are being evaluated as possible future introductions. The discussion will focus on hybridizing new varieties of daylilies, as well as their general cultivation. Paul Foster and Brian McKinlay, Daylily Meadows, Pinnacle.

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