16 April 2014

Spring Feast Recap


Thanks to everyone who participated in/attended our Spring Feast. We had a great time, and we hope you did too! We raised a whopping $750 dollars, and we are pretty excited about it. The money will be used next semester as we move into our new garden and we will be donating a portion of our funds to the Church of the Advocate’s Supper Club. Thanks again for your participation!

20 March 2014

Spring Feast needs

The Spring Feast is in about three weeks so we need to get down to business.

We are still in need of some tables and chairs. If you have any you are willing to donate to the event, please send us an email (temple.vegetables@gmail.com).

Also, if you having any ideas for raffle items, please contact one of our events coordinators (Jackie or Joy). Our raffle items usually reflect local businesses, restaurants, etc. so get creative!

Last, but not least, FOOD! We will be sending out a sign-up sheet for food so start thinking about what you want to make. We accept carnivorous, vegetarian, and vegan dishes. We are anticipating a large crowd at the feast as always so we ask that everyone participate in donating food for the event.

These people are hungry, and we need to feed them all! The more food the merrier!

14 March 2014

How to Plant a Seed

Info from our 3/13 Meeting


Materials Needed:
- Seeds
- Water
- Seed Starting Mix

Considerations:
 - When to plant (in/outdoors)
- Seed Depth
- Additional rooting/priming materials/procedures

Directions:
  • Fill small containers/ packs with seed starting mix
  • Saturate soil (light mist!)
  • Read seed package for appropriate seed depth
  • Sow 1-3 seeds per cell (depending on seed size)
  • Cover with appropriate amount of soil
  • Water again (LIGHT MIST! DON’T HOSE OUT YOUR SEEDS!)

 

12 March 2014

Water Consumption

As gardeners, we are well aware of the importance of water. Plants and humans need water to live. Therefore, it is an extremely important resource. Unfortunately, the supply of potable water is not always equal to the demand in many places around the globe.

California's drought is getting a lot of press these days, and for good reason, its a pretty big problem! But what can we do about it? We live on the other side of the continent. Do the decisions we make really have an impact on a drought occurring 3,000 miles away?

Yes, they do!

If you attended one of our earlier meetings this semester, you'll remember the web of life activity we used as both an icebreaker and an educational exercise. We learned that all forms of life are interconnected. That means we Pennsylvanians actually play a significant role on what's happening to our counterparts in California.

For example, California is America's largest dairy suppler, and, as this article illustrates, it takes gallons and gallons of water just to produce one stick of butter or one slice of cheese. But this is hardly news to us. Just think how often you have to water your TCG veggies in order to get a healthy yield, and that's just for a small square raised bed. Many of us probably buy diary products that are sourced from Californian diary farms without even realizing it. This is a prime example of how buying local food products can make a difference.

Also, San Francisco made a smart move by banning single use plastic water bottles. If you find yourself relying on plastic water bottles, you might want to follow their example and invest in a reusable bottle. Even the little lifestyle changes can lead to reducing your water waste footprint.

Now that it's finally starting to heat up outside, we are reminded of how great access to a cool glass of water really is. So let's think of some places where we could reduce excess water use, so there will be more glasses to go around!

03 March 2014

Meeting Powerpoint 2/27

Garden Design

Considerations
- Your time
- What will you eat/use
- Growing in containers
- Plant needs (time, water, nutrients, care)

Tips for Efficiency
- Share Crops
- Companion/Complimentary Plantings
- Drought Resistant/Water Tolerant

Farmer's Almanac 2014 for the 19121 zipcode
Annual Weather Summary: November 2013 to October 2014
- Winter will be colder and drier than normal, although snowfall will be above normal in most of the region. The coldest periods will be in early and mid-December and in early to mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in early and mid-December, and in early and mid-February.
- April and May will be drier and much warmer than normal.
- Summer will be hotter and rainier than normal, with the hottest periods in early June, early to mid-July, and early to mid-August.
- September and October will be warmer and drier than normal, with a hurricane threat in early to mid-September.



Community/ Personal Beds
- Staples
- Items for preserving: canning/jamming
- snacks in the garden

Personal Beds: 5 crops, 5 containers

Creating a Timeline
Pittsburgh Permaculture








http://pittsburghpermaculture.org/plants/annual-vegetable-and-herb-seed-starting-planting-schedule





25 February 2014

Educational Online Sources

So it's Tuesday, and what better way to celebrate this afternoon then by checking out some educational websites!

This site has some interesting videos on agriculture and food systems. Keep checking this site over the next couple of weeks as they will be adding more videos soon: http://updates.phennd.org/2014/02/edible-education-101-the-rise-and-future-of-the-food-movement/

This one is for the tumblr addicts out there. If you like biking, healthy food, or promoting environmental awareness in an urban setting, you'll probably find this blog enjoyable:
http://thegreenurbanist.tumblr.com/

And, of course for environmental news ranging from radical to ridiculous:
http://grist.org/

21 February 2014

Presentation 2/20 Meeting

Here is the information from our 2/20 Meeting PowerPoint for anyone who wasn't able to attend:

Plant Life Cycle

- Seed
- Germination
- Maturation
- Flowering
- Fruiting
- Fertilization
- Seed Production
- Decay

Why Care?
You need to understand how your plants function in order to best take care of them.


Basic Plant Needs:

- Water
- Air
- Growing medium
     - Organic Matter
     - Mineral Content
- Light


- Time
- Love!

Water
Natural Sources: rain, ground water, pond, etc.

Turgor Pressure




Phloem and Xylem

Water... depends on the plant, but GENERALLY
- Water deeply: saturate the growing medium- not just the area near the plant
       - This encourages strong root growth
- Don't puddle

- Humidity: brown tips indicate lack of humidity



Air

The Carbon Cycle

Oxygen is a byproduct of the photosynthesis process
Stomata
- tiny pores on the leaves

- can lead to water loss

Growing Medium


Types:
- Soil: contains minerals
- Compost: decomposed organic matter
- Hydroponic- liquid growing medium, nutrients added


Purpose:
- Support
- Nutrients: Food

Light

Different types of plants require different amounts of light per day
 

Greens: 4 hours


Roots: 4-6 hours


Fruit: at least 6-8 hours

How this applies to us:
- Garden Design
- How to care for our plants
- Obtaining maximum yield




  • Seed- food, source of new plants
  • Germination- sprouts
  • Maturation
  • Flowering- pretty!, beginning of fruit
  • Fruiting- food,
  • Fertilization
  • Seed Production- new generation
  • Decay- compost
 
For Next Week:
 
Identify 5 plants that you’d really like to grow, bring names to meeting and be ready to design your garden!


 


 



 


 



 


Locations

Main Garden:
Broad & Norris St.
(behind the red walls)

Sonia Sanchez Garden:
Diamond & Carlisle St.