Boys and Girls Club vegetable garden update

Garden update–Boys and Girls Club vegetable garden
Mother’s Day–It was time to check on the garden at the Maple Street Boys and Girls Club here in lovely Rome, Georgia.  The garden is a project of the Three Rivers Garden Club and is sponsored by the Rome Federated Garden guild. I have been involved in the the project from the design stage a year ago. So far, this garden has produced food for hundreds of people and has served as a learning experience for children and adults alike.
New gazebo and entrance arbors
New gazebo and entrance arbors

The garden design from last year called for a gazebo and for entrance arches. They are almost finished.  The kids are going to love this gazebo.  They already love the garden.

start with a picture of a gazebo
start with a picture of a gazebo

Mr. Barry Webb , who is the construction instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College was able to take a picture (above) and turn it into a reality.    The crew had started around the first of April and have almost finished the job.

The sign on the pick up truck was a welcome sight
The sign on the pick up truck was a welcome sight

The sign on the truck door announced the arrival of the building crew.

laying it out just right
laying it out just right
laying it out just right
The floor for the gazebo

William James and I took a walk around the garden.  He is kind of new to gardening and wanted to know exactly what needs to be done next.  I wanted to know all about what has happened with the kids, the staff, and the produce.

Mr. James was really proud of the strawberries.  There is a bumper crop coming on and a few days ago the boys and girls were able to have an afternoon snack with strawberries from the garden and some bananas that had been donated from a local organization.

Beautiful strawberries just starting to come in.
Beautiful strawberries just starting to come in.
These beautiful strawberry plants are loaded with little almost ready berries.  Love that compost!
These beautiful strawberry plants are loaded with little almost ready berries. Love that compost!

I liked this, also–earlier this spring, we got the kids in the garden and cleaned out the beds.  To make room for lettuce and spinach, the kids harvested over a hundred pounds of turnips and turnip greens which were donated to the local community kitchen.  Is that cool or what?  One organization growing produce for another.  At any rate, the produce goes where it is needed.

The lettuce likes the raised beds, also.
The lettuce likes the raised beds, also.

Mr. James told me that the children had had a number of afternoon salads from the garden with their own lettuce, onions, radishes, and spinach leaves.  He told me that the staff started sending “salad makings” home with the parents.

Now we are getting ready to plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, and lots of other veggies for the summer season.  Below is a picture of the almost finished gazebo with William James and Diane Harbin.  Mrs. Harbin is a member of Three Rivers Garden Club and has directed the garden project.  She knows how to get the job done.

Mrs. Harbin and Mr. James are proud of the progress on the gazebo
Mrs. Harbin and Mr. James are proud of the progress on the gazebo

Every time I visit the garden, watch, and interact with the children, I come away with a happy feeling.  It is an amazing project.  It helps people to laugh, work, learn, eat, and above all share.

This garden provided food for over 200 members of the Boys and Girls Club last summer and fall.  It provided learning for children and adults alike.  It is an amazing project.  I am proud to be a part in it.

Mrs. Harbin and Mr. James are proud of the progress on the gazebo
A strawberry plant blooms in the sun.

To visit the original article on the garden, click on the link below:

Raised beds for a vegetable garden

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Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site johnschulzauthor.com publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, johntheplantman.com which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at http://johnschulzauthor.com/

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4 Comments

  1. Your writings are always motivational; but this project is awesome!!! It inspires me to get involved and promote a similar project in our neck of the woods. You are not just growing fantastic strawberries but planting the seeds of knowledge in our children – it is up to us to be sure they know carrots don’t start out in a cellophane bag! Can’t wait to see more garden updates from johntheplantman!!!

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