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At Ellwood’s Coffee, 10 S. Thompson St.

April 9, 7-10 PM

Come on out and help the community raise funds in support of Humphrey Calder Community Garden.

This community garden is a joint venture by Tricycle Gardens and Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market with Humphrey Calder Community Center and the City of Richmond.

Other partners in this project include Wellpoint, James River Air Conditioning Company, and City & Guilds Builders and Developers

 

Come on out and join the folks at the Carver Community Garden for some SPRING CLEANING! (corner of Kinney & Leigh Streets)

Saturday, April 18th–9am
Saturday, May 16–9am
Saturday, June 20–9am

Wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves, water, a hat and any gardening tools you might have.

Email Rebecca  rsspivey@gmail.com for more info!

 

Recent Tricycle Gardens events have helped bring together a diverse community of people in Richmond who are interested in growing good food, bringing green spaces to our community, and promoting a sustainable urban environment. These recent events included a Cold-Frame Workshop, Seed Swap, Volunteer Orientation Potluck, and Sub-Irrigated Planter Workshop.

We are noticing a palpable excitement surrounding growing vegetables in Richmond. In our unique community cooperation and sharing of information are the norm. Gardening can be hard, hot, and dirty work, but the rewards are great: good friends, great fresh food, and beautiful, productive gardens.

Upcoming classes and workshops include our Rain barrel Workshop and Small Garden Organic Gardening Basics Class, and The Nitty Gritty on Community Gardens Class.

-Allison

 

The Spring gardening season is finally here and how great it is to get lots of rain following the drought conditions we had last summer! Those of us with rain barrels stocked up this past weekend.

The Tricycle Gardens greenhouse is in full swing with lots of cool season vegetables getting ready for transplanting into the gardens. Volunteers are helping with watering, planting, and transplanting at the greenhouse. We are growing a variety of lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. Tomatoes and peppers are growing and we are seeding our many basil varieties. This year we are also growing many flowers and herbs that will attract beneficial insects and pollinators.

We started peas, spinach, and beets in the ground this week at the Neighborhood Resource Center Children’s Garden. The Winchester Greens Children’s Garden workday was rained out; however the soaking rains will be great for loosening up the subsoil during the “double digging” we will be working on as soon as it dries out a bit later in the week.

Coming soon: Sale of cool weather vegetables from the greenhouse.

-Allison Mesnard
Allison@tricyclegardens.org

 

Check out these photos from the greenhouse.  We will be at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Plant Sale, April 30-May 2, and The Lakeside Market Plant Sale on May 9th, so come by and get your plants!  Heirloom & organic varieties galore!


 

APRIL 2nd, Thursday–Next general meeting at Humphrey Calder Community Center, 414 N. Thompson Street,  7:30pm-9pm

APRIL 4th, Saturday, 10am until we are done! –Trench digging day. We need 50+ people, with shovels, pick axes, gloves, and water to dig 150 feet of trench for water lines!

APRIL 9th, Thursday, 7pm–Fundraiser at Ellwood Thompson’s new coffee shop!

APRIL 25th, Saturday 10am-7pm–Big workday followed by celebration! We will be building garden beds, planting fruit trees, putting up bird houses, finished the fence, building a shed (and more!) and then celebrating!

 

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