Greetings – Are you ready for a fun filled year?

Happy New Year to one and all! I trust that everyone has had wonderful holidays and is ready to get back into the garden spirit! Believe it or not, this Saturday is the beginning of a brand new year at Simple Gifts Community Garden and we are certainly excited to have everyone back again for…

Spring Meeting a Dynamic Event

Thanks to the contributions of ideas and support, the first Simple Gifts Community Garden meeting of 2013 accomplished a great deal.  From crop planning to website support, many topics were covered. Since the garden team does not meet “formally” more than a few times a year, the attached documents reading will provide both  short and…

Simple Gifts Garden News in 2013!

It’s time to start thinking GARDEN, people!  In just a few short weeks, we’ll be prepping beds and planting spring crops as well as harvesting some of our fall crops that have overwintered. Beginning in March come out and join us Saturday mornings!  We’ll have lots of compost to turn, new drip irrigation lines to…

Yam Jam is Oct. 20th!

Yam Jam is Oct. 20th!

Please check in with our friends at the Society of Saint Andrew about how you can help glean sweet potatoes at their annual Yam Jam on Saturday, Oct. 20th!  We will be gardening that day, maybe even digging sweet potatoes ourselves, but this is another great opportunity to put healthy, nutritious food on our neighbors tables.  Sweet potatoes have a long shelf life and NC is the largest grower in the country.  Farmers allow gleaners to pick up what their machinery leaves behind for area food banks.  If you’re not up to the stooping and bending, keep in mind that they need help with setup, registration and delivery (if you have a pickup or SUV).

Bees’ Breeze

Honeybees are an industrious sort, but our bees are good Southerners so they know when it’s just too dang hot so they sit on the “front porch” to cool off. -FromAnne Harrison

Sports-minded Garden

For those sports fan that believe gardening holds nothing for you, we beseech you to rethink this mindset.  This week alone, we had kids tossing a football in the front grass, worked as a “grounds crew” to take care of the field surrounding the garden, and harvested zucchini the size of baseball bats.  The potato harvest goal exceeded out…

Thursday evening workdays begin!

Thursday evening workday will begin this week!  I know some of you have been looking forward to this because Tuesdays are not good for you.  Come out and join us Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5-7pm or Saturdays from 8am-noonish (we may close a little earlier when it’s really HOT!).  The squash/zucchini are coming in fast…

8:00 Start this Saturday; Join us on Facebook!

*Hot weather means we’ll be starting at 8 am on Saturdays this weekend. We will work until 11:00 am or possibly as late as noon depending on the heat/weather, the number of people there and work to be done. Please remember members can come to the garden anytime during daylight hours to weed, water, dump…

Garden T-Shirts and Sweatshirts on Sale!

Hi garden friends, We have lovely, colorful new garden t-shirts and sweatshirts. Hopefully you will start seeing them around town. It’s a great way to start a conversation and share the garden with others! We will have shirts ($10) and sweatshirts ($15) available at the garden on Saturdays for the next few weeks. If you…

Spring Garden Event — Saturday April 14th

On Saturday April 14th we held our Spring 2012 Celebration for Simple Gifts Community Garden. It was a terrific success! We had around 70 people attend during the course of the morning. The day was a beauty — sparkling sun, blue skies, and cool temperatures. It was a 3-ring circus: Our beekeeper, Pat Heafner, arrived…

OH MY GOODNESS, IT’S TIME!!!!

Hi gardeners. Today surely is a day that makes you think about the garden, doesn’t it? I’m ready to get my hands dirty; how about you? Our Saturday workdays start this week at 9am, finishing by noon. Tuesday evening workdays resume on March 13th from 5-7pm. On Saturday, weather permitting, we’ll plant some sweet Early…