Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kids Gardening Program

It's that time of the year again! The sun is shining and the grass is green which means the gardening season is officially here!

The Community Action Kid's Gardening Program is a great opportunity for kids living in the South Franklin neighborhood to learn about the responsibilities of caring for a garden and also a chance to make new friends, all while growing everything needed to make salsa. At the end of the summer, when it's time to pick the plants, we will make salsa and get together to celebrate a great summer!

The program only takes one hour a week and is offered to children under the age of 14. The Kid's gardening program is located at Community Action Services and Food Bank's Community Garden located in the Boulders apartment complex. For anyone interested in getting their children involved with this program or if you want more information please email

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Garden Time!

Hello everyone!

There are still a number of great plots available at the community garden! They are $15 for the whole summer, and you get $10 back if you clean your plot up at the end of the season!

Having a garden is a great way to enjoy inexpensive, healthy, and delicious organic food all summer long. It would be a great summer project for families or individuals.

To sign up, come over to the garden any sunny morning M-F from 9-12 or Saturday from 10-12.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Big thanks to for donating wildflower and lawn seeds for our garden!! It will truly be beautiful once everything starts to blossom!!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Here are some interesting ways to recycle egg shells for your garden:

1. Compost for Naturally Fertilized Soil
Eggshells quickly decompose in the compost pile and add valuable calcium and other minerals to the soil in the process.

2. Nontoxic Pest Control in the Garden
Scatter crushed eggshell around your plants and flowers to help deter plant-eating slugs, snails and cutworms without using eco-unfriendly pesticides. Also, deer hate the smell of eggs, so scattering eggshells around the flowerbed will help keep Bambi away from your begonias.

3. Splendid Seedling Starters
Fill biodegradable eggshell halves with potting soil instead of using peat pots to start seedlings for the garden. And an egg carton on the windowsill is the perfect way to start a dozen tomato seedlings in shells before transplanting to the garden in the spring.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Organic Fertilizing

Here is a link from the USU Extension about Organic garden fertilizers:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Watering Plants in Utah

Watering Requirements for Native and Low Water Usage Plants:
- Julia B. Tuck, CLT
Horticulture Assistant, USU Cooperative Extension

Watering guidelines for the Wasatch Front:

Water early in the morning
Water only at the dripline
Water deeply
Water infrequently to encourage deep roots
Keep leaves, stems, branches and trunks drive

Flower Beds:
Water 15" deep
Water 1 time a week when there is hot water, less often when cooler
*Native plants vary in their water needs.
Depending on your soil, you may need to "cycle" the water

Water down 15" deep
Water 1 time a week when there is hot weather
Depending on your soil, you may need to "cycle" the water

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