Gardening Tips for Back Health & Safety

Reprinted with permission from Jen Erbst – Erbst OrthoSport Physical Therapy3900 Barrett Dr, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27609 Tel: 919-612-3842 Injury is commonly caused by faulty movement patterns performed hundreds of times during daily activity. Adverse stress to the low back muscles, ligaments and disc can be produced by prolonged positioning with the back in…

Member Questionnaire

As we prepare to enter into a partnership with the Town of Garner, who will be providing the new location for our garden, we are also working to update and organize our records. Please take a minute to fill out the brief form below so that we can ensure our member records all contain the…

New Member Questionnaire

Thank you for making your Yearly Membership Payment of $30, you will receive an email with the details of your payment. There’s only one step left to complete your membership! If you could please take a moment to fill out the following form, it will allow us to update our member records. This form will…

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Vivian Howard’s Tomato Pie

Recipe & Image Credit: PBS.org This recipe appears in the “Tomatoes: You Say Heirloom, I Say Old Timey” episode of A Chef’s Life, featuring chef Vivian Howard. Vivian Howard’s Tomato Pie A savory summertime Tomato Pie made with tomatoes, basil, onion and cheese baked in a pie crust until golden and bubbly. This is the perfect recipe for…

4: Martin Petherbridge

Martin is the Leader at Garner Grows that acts as our public speaker. He was instrumental in helping to represent us when petitioning the Town of Garner to provide our garden with a new plot of land right in the heart of Garner, so that members would have easy access!

2: Tammy Kennedy

Tammy Kennedy has been a member since 2010 and was the first leader after Maggie. The plant geek of the group, she enjoys learning about any and all plants – the odder the better and is happy to share said knowledge if you ask. But, she’s a talker, so you’ve been warned! She also enjoys planning the crop rotations and raising butterflies. She feels the best part of the garden is the family that the members become.

3: Pam Bonilla

Pam has been a member of the garden since 2013 and quickly took on a leadership role. As our New Member Liaison, you will speak with her quite a bit if you choose to join our garden. She is also our Procurement Specialist; meaning she has a knack for finding garden supplies cheaper than dirt (pardon the gardening pun), or even for free!

1: Mary “Maggie” Tubilleja

Her given name is Mary, but she prefers to be called “Maggie”, and she has been with the garden since 2010 when she originally founded it! A self-proclaimed introvert, Maggie says she started the garden as a way to meet new people and it was successful beyond her wildest dreams!

5: Layla Bonilla

A garner resident born and raised, Layla joined Garner Grows in 2014, and took on a leadership role in 2019. Permaculture enthusiast and lover of all things livestock, Layla is your go-to person for questions about small scale animal care and homesteading.

Verbena Homestead Purple

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Speedwell Veronica Purple

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Buddelia Black Knight

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Asclepias Syriaca

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Sweet William

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Members at Work & Play

We are fond of saying that in our name “Garner Grows Community Garden”, the word “Community” is just as important as the word “Garden”! This gallery shows some of our fantastic community members working and playing together.

Harvests

If there’s one thing more satisfying than seeing all your hard work growing in the garden, it’s seeing the bounty of that work when you harvest it!

Crops

Here you will find photos of some of the edible crops we have growing in the garden. There’s something satisfying about seeing your produce growing right out of the ground rather than stacked on a grocery store shelf!

Flowers

Garner Grows isn’t just about edible plants, we grow ornamental plants as well. This gallery is pure eye candy… blooming with a collection of gorgeous flowers we have grown in the garden! It’s a veritable rainbow on the ground.

Sukuma Wiki (African Braised Kale with Tomatoes)

“Sukuma wiki” is a Swahili phrase meaning, depending on how you translate it, “week-pusher,” “push the week,” or “stretch the week.” A great way to use kale or collards in flavorful stew served as a side or on rice. A little cooked meat can be added as well if you’d like

Singing Squash Sauté

This dish is very similar to ratatouille, and you could easily substitute or add other veggies into the mix, such as eggplant or greens.

Roasted Okra

Roasting okra at a high temperature leaves the okra lightly seared and tender

Hot Sauce

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is general tips & tricks for making hot sauce. With these simple, tried and true methods you can’t go wrong

Kickin’ Collard Greens

These easy Southern collard greens are kickin’ thanks to flavorful additions like bacon, onions, and red pepper flakes.

Herb Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon is always a refreshing summer treat! Throw in some red onion, feta and herbs, then toss it all with a very simple vinaigrette to make a mean summer salad.

Guacamole  

Classic guacamole is great on your favorite Mexican dishes, or just serve as a dip with corn chips

Ginger Ale Carrots

When we add a can of soda to this dish, the liquid cooks off, leaving a glaze of sweet caramelization on top of the carrots. It’s like a boost of flavor!

Gazpacho

This is a light & refreshing, chilled, Spanish tomato soup. And when made with the season’s best ripe produce there’s no better way to beat the heat.

Eggplant Parmesan

This Eggplant Parmesan makeover skips the fry and bakes the eggplant until it has a crisp. A combination of part-skim ricotta, sliced mozzarella, fontina, and Parmesan cheese allows for even coverage without hiding the eggplant or adding too much fat.

Delightful Deep-Dish Tomato Pie

An edited version of Paula Deen’s Savory Tomato Pie, this one has a lighter, higher-fiber pastry crust and uses reduced fat dairy products.

Carrot-Cranberry Salad

This carrot slaw is a delicious spin on classic French grated carrot salad. With dried cranberries and ginger in a citrus vinaigrette, it’s crunchy, tart and sweet

Basic Salsa

A fresh and flavorful salsa with no need to cook!

Baked Kale Chips

Even the most vegetable-resistant eater will be impressed by these light and crispy treats!

10/11/2020 – The Spicy Post

THE SPICY POST: Some of us here at Garner Grows really love our peppers, especially those of us who start seedlings indoors each year. So naturally we end up with quite a few pepper plants growing.

9/2/20 – Community and Garden Grows

Friends and families come together, and different cultures appreciate each other.
Vegetables, fruits and flowers are not everything at Garner Grows. There is knowledge and skills to teach and learn

1/13/20 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
We started off the year by breaking in a new fire ring. Kids were happily swarming around, playing in the branches and mulch pile between marshmallow roasting and peanut picking

5/28/19 – Make Memories for Memorial Day

Memorial day is a time of remembrance but can also be downtime to enjoy with friends and family. If either or both of those is scarce, come to your community garden and make your own

4/25/19 – Goat Farm Field Trip

Dear garden friends, I am happy to report that the Prodigal Goat Farm field trip was a success. We wish everybody could have come along!

10/30/18 – Cool Season at the Garden

Cool season at the garden is my favorite garden time. Mosquitoes and ants are minimal and it is not as uncomfortable. See what events we have to look forward tp next!

8/22/18 – Mother Nature Smiles

If you miss a couple of weeks at Garner Grows Community Garden, you can miss a lot! Catch up on the news about rabbits, a mother hawk, praying mantises and bats, and what they have to do with the garden.

7/1/18 – Heat of Summer

We’re combatting the heat with an irrigation system and changing our workday hours to later in the evening as the heat dissipates.

6/2/18 – State Of The Berries Address

Blackberries are in season! Every few days we pick another 4-6 quarts. Red raspberries are also in season, but not as prolific. Blueberries and wineberries may be ready in a month. “The sweetness of the fruit is in the strength of the root.”

5/10/18 – Garner Grows Embraces the Community

We are a community garden who want to grow a variety of fresh produce, as well welcoming ornamentals to dazzle passersby. We embrace people of all ages, stripes, abilities, etc, to visit and take part in the garden.  

4/16/18 – Spring Abundance

Spring has arrived and with it comes abundance, not just of crops, but new members, successful fundraising and generosity of time and donations

3/10/18 – Spring IS Coming!

It was a beautiful and productive day for our garden community. In spite of snow in the forecast, spring IS coming!

2/25/18 – No Pain, No Gain

Several of our members were feeling the pain this week, but after 3 weeks of weather-related cancellations, nothing was going to keep us from the garden!

1/27/18 – Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur… funny word, serious composting on steroids! Not only will they provide a nourishing spot for crops to grow, but they will reduce water runoff.

1/21/18 – Snow Can’t Stop Us

The snow didn’t keep us down, and it even has benefits like killing mosquitoes, fleas and ticks, and as it melts it will gently water the seedlings

4/22/2017 – We Grew Right Through Winter!

I would say that we are about to begin our spring growing season, but as warm as it has been all winter, we just kept growing! Right now we are harvesting lots of greens for salads

Recipe Index List

CLICK HERE for a quick and easy Index List of ALL the recipes on our website!