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Garden Blog Index List

  • New Beginnings for GARNER GROWS at Thompson Road Park!
    By Sarah West Garner Grows Community Garden has some very exciting news to share! We are overjoyed to announce that we have partnered with the Town of Garner and have relocated to Thompson Road Park located at 550 Thompson Rd, Garner, NC 27529. You will be able to find us on the back portion of the park behind the field. First and foremost, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support. We absolutely could not have done this without you! Thank you for signing our petitions, attending town council meetings, coming to our plant sales and volunteering in the garden. Thank you for believing in our mission to foster community engagement through gardening while we work to make the future a greener (and more nourishing) place to be!  Now the fun and the hard work begins. In the coming weeks and months we will need all hands on deck as we get the new site ready. We have a lot to do before we can even begin  planting. We will need help laying mulch, building beds, …
  • 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 flexed postures or with repetitive movements of the back especially with combined rotation and flexion. If at any time during your activity you notice your back pain progressing to aching, tingling or numbness STOP immediately. This may be a sign of too much pressure on the discs of the low back. Ways that may help to decrease the risk of back injury with daily activity may include: Warming up prior to gardening and yard work: take a short walk for 5 minutes to get blood circulating. Perform range of motion exercises which may include: Neck rotation and ear to shoulder; shoulder shrugs; shoulder backward rolls; wrist …
  • 1/4/21 – ‘Garner Grows Urban Community Garden’ Struggles as Garner Grows
    Garner News article about the inception & growth of Garner Grows, the challenges faced during the pandemic, and what comes next for us!
  • 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
  • 4/8/20 – Love and Gardening in the Time of Pandemic
    Love and Gardening in the Time of Pandemic – "even from 6 feet away from each other, love is felt at your community garden!"
  • 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
  • 11/8/19 – Fall in Love with Fall
    "the raised beds remain like well-made beds waiting for opportunities and us to jump in"
  • 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!
  • 4/2/19 – Garner Grows springs green!
    Garner Grows springs green! With the budding growth of the spring season comes new members, generous sponsors, and a variety of exciting events!
  • 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.
  • 7/16/18 – Light on Business, Heavy on Fun
    The fun included a cookout with Carlos at the grill, homemade ice cream, and fruit & wine liquors!
  • 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!
  • 3/3/18 – Brrr! Our Gardeners Defy The Cold
    With temperatures barely 40 and a wind too strong to have a warming fire, our brave and hardy gardeners took home some of the first of spinach, parsley and kale
  • 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