About our 2nd Garden Property we started working on, Friday, Feb. 27

Just so there is no confusion, we are now working in TWO gardens - just about a mile from each other. I will specify each week where we will be.

This is a VERY large space, with NO trees and tons of potential. This area is known as the Holladay Community Garden. It's going into it's 4th year. Last week I was invited to share this large piece of land with other individual gardeners, but since they know I have my own Garden Group, they have allowed us to use a very LARGE space.

Where is it? It's about a mile from my home in the heart of Holladay. How to get there from my home: Go west on Casto Lane to Holladay Blvd. Turn Right (NORTH) on Holladay Blvd. Go to the 2nd Stop Light (Murray/Holladay Road (4680 So). Turn WEST or left, drive for about 1 - 2 blocks. Turn Right (north) and park in the parking lot, just before the Olympus Jr. High School AND the STOP LIGHT. The stop light was put there for students to cross the busy street. You'll need to use it to get to our garden area. Look for the open space directly across from the parking lot. It has a long cement barrier in front of it to encourage people to stay out.

Our space is easy to find! Look for the BIG space (toward the middle of the field) that has a ROCK border all the way around. Please be respectful of other garden spaces. If you bring any children to help, make sure they understand to stay out of other garden spaces. Do not take any rocks, dirt, sticks, objects or anything from their space. We have plenty to work with in our area. We don't want to make enemies with our garden neighbors since we want them to teach us some of their tricks for growing a garden.

In my weekly emails, I will specify where we are meeting and what garden we are working on. If, for some reason, you don't find us, keep a cell phone with you and call me to find out where we are. It will always be right here in Holladay. My cell phone: 801-278-5313.

It's good to see the before and after photos of a garden area. These are the before.

Not pretty but must be dealt with at the very end of the season or the beginning.

Holladay is known for having LOTS of trees! Before you can plant, you better make sure there aren't any tree branches blocking your sun or your plants will struggle a LOT! I know these things from experience. This is why we need people who know how to use chain saws and wood splitters.

This is the garden job we give you if we don't like you! hehe

Actually I would never let an amature do this job. This is what we were doing in the garden last October 2008. I hired a professional tree cutter to come and do the job. I wasn't sure if he was going to die or not. He doesn't have a very forgiving profession.

Tuesday, Feb. 24th, working in the garden

My Messy Backyard

Sweelin - from Singapore

Two Happy Gardeners! Paolo and Michel!

Paolo, our Italian Farmer and Michel, our Swiss Gardener

Beth with the thumbs up. Carla and Michel

Update for Garden Work on Sat. Feb. 28, 2 - 4 pm

I REALLY want to thank all those who showed up this morning, Friday, Feb. 26. (about 10 people). It was very chilly and NO ONE COMPLAINED!! Amazing. We got a LOT of good work done. We are now working on 2 garden properties so, trust me on this one, we have PLENTY of work for EVERYONE to do!!!

Everyone who shows up on Saturday, Feb. 28 will get bagels from Riches Bagels. I've have cream cheese for you to dip into also.

The first garden property is my backyard - think of it as a Big Salsa Garden. We'll have a variety of over 80 tomato plants in this garden along with jalapeno peppers. You are going to LOVE our Salsa Parties!!! Everyone will get to make their own Homemade Salsa in my backyard with much of the produce fresh from our garden OR you'll be able to take the produce home and make it. I use a Magic Bullet to make it and it's called Six Second Salsa since you can make it in about 6 seconds!!

In my backyard property we need people to
1) rake and sift through the mulch for little branches, vines, and other stuff we don't want in our garden
2) cut branches with a chain saw. If you have one, PLEASE bring it. Some branches have to come down still and others just have to be cut up.
3) other misc. stuff
4) Start to Till the ground
5) Shovel and help till the ground.
6) Use Branch cutters to break down the rest of bushes and branches

On our 2nd property (Murray Holladay Road Garden and Largest Garden Property,(more than 3500 Sq. ft.), we need people to:
1) Bring your White Buckets, gather rocks and help build our borders
2) Bring a shovel if you have one
3) Bring branch clippers to get rid of unwanted bushes
4) Bring good garden gloves for cutting down prickley bushes - we're taking them out!

Bottom line - What to bring on Saturday, Feb. 28.
If you have these, bring them, if not, don't worry. There's plenty to do without tools or you can use mine.

Heavy Plastic Bucket (I have some for sale, let me know if you haven't already)
Approx. 5 clean, plastic, Grocery Bags
Rake - any kind
Work Gloves
Water bottle
Branch Cutters - big or little
Chain saw
Garden Punchcard


Update on our Gardening Work, Tuesday, Feb. 24

We made some great progress today but we still need a lot more help!
Come and work in the garden on one of these days this week. Thanks so much for being willing to help us with this fun outdoor project! Even if you can only come for part of the time, we encourage you to join us.

Friday, Feb. 27, 9 - 11 am

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 - 4 pm

If you need a White Bucket, we have some for $1 each!!! I have several at my home. Just let me know and I'll save you one.


Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors, by Larry Leishman

Larry Leishman
Guest Speaker at Orientation, Feb. 21, 2009

On your internet browser (Yahoo, Google, etc), type in:
Starting vegetable seeds indoors
USU extension recommended vegetable varieties for Utah
Master gardener manual
Note: .com websites often have good information, but they also want to sell you something.

Helpful hints:

1. Don’t start your seeds too early. They will outgrow the pot and be long and spindly and start to die. Average last day of frost in Salt Lake is May 15th. Note the word “average.” Take May 15th, notice on the seed packet how long until germination (10 days, 18 days, etc.) Add 6 more weeks for growth indoors. For example: Celebrity tomato seeds take 14-18 days to germinate (although, under ideal conditions, my seeds have germinated in 5-7 days). Add 6 more weeks for plant growth (the stem of the tomato plant should be about the size of a pencil when transplanting) and you have about 8 weeks. Count 8 weeks back from May 15th and then plant the seeds.

2. Use seeds from a reputable seed company packaged for this year.

3. Use only new starter seed sterilized mix to put into your starter pots. Throw last year’s soil mix in the garden.

4. Be sure you have good drainage in the containers you use.

5. After putting the soil in the small containers, soak the container in a large pan (like a tub or cookie sheet) overnight.

6. Be sure to plant vegetable varieties that are recommended for our area.

7. Plant 1 or 2 seeds per container and don’t plant them too deep. Follow the directions exactly on the package.

8. Do NOT put fertilizer on the soil.

9. Be sure to have plant name tags in each container. Popsicle sticks work well or plastic tags. Put name (tomato) and variety (Celebrity) by each one. Use a “Sharpie” marker on plastic.

10. Place plastic wrap over the containers until the seed sprouts, then remove the wrap completely.

11. Make sure the soil stays moist until the seed germinates. Spray the soil with a clean water spray bottle until the plants are growing well. After that, carefully water with a soft stream of water. NEVER let your plants dry out. They will seldom recover from the shock.

12. If you have a water softener, get your water from a source that does not go through the water softener, as there is always a salt residue that could hurt the plant.

13. If using fluorescent lights, keep the lights on 24 hours a day and within 2 inches from the pots, until the seeds germinate.

14. After the plants start to grow well, keep the fluorescent lights on about 18 hours a day (leaving 6 hours for darkness). A timer works well.

15. About 2 weeks before transplanting, you will want to start hardeneing them off by putting them outside for 2-3 hours a day in full sun and then bringing them back in. Then put them in sun for 2-3 hours and then in the shade for a few more hours and them bring them back in. By the second week you can leave them out all day and night provided it doesn't freeze. Your goal for the last 2 weeks is the get the plants ready to be transplanted out into the garden without shocking them with a sudden move. They need to get used to being outside, and you don't want them to sunburn, windburn, or freeze.

16. Become an expert yourself. Become self reliant. The internet is an excellent tool to learn all you can about how to start your own seeds and have a successful garden. Ask other people you know the questions you have. It doesn’t take a lot of time. The KSL Greenhouse is on every Saturday from 8-11 a.m. with USU Horticulturist Larry Sagers. If you aren’t able to listen to the program, you can go on the KSL website under “podcasts” and then “KSL Greenhouse” and download any of the recent programs you want to year on your Ipod or MP3 player.

A sample of the tomatoes in our garden from last year, 2008

Apples that we picked last year, 2008. SUPER Big and Delicious!!

Peaches that we picked last year, 2008. Yummy!!

Beautiful Decorative Gourds we grew last year!

Schedule for Feb. 23 - Feb. 28

If it's not raining/snowing, plan on this schedule.
RSVP and let me know IF you plan to attend (and for which day or days).

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4 - 6 pm
Friday, Feb. 27, 9 - 11 am
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 - 4 pm

Attention guys with chainsaws: We need to cut logs and stack them.

Men and Women needed: Easy job. We have a boatload of "stringy" vines!! They are up against the fence in the far back part of the garden and they need to go bye bye! Bring small branch cutters if you have some. I have 2 pair we can use also. Even if you don't have the cutters, we need your help removing them.

These stringy vines make really great wreaths if you are into craft projects. If you want any of these vines, speak up soon, otherwise they'll go into the trashcan.

About the Introduction and Orientation on Sat. Feb. 21, 1:30 - 3 pm

Organic Garden Group
Introduction and Orientation
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009
This IS a Hands On Experience!!

1:30 pm, Introduction
Welcome to my home, my backyard and my neighborhood
EVERYONE is needed in this group – with or without any gardening experience!

About me:
I’ve lived in this Holladay neighborhood most of my life
My husband and I have been in this home for 26 years and raised our 4 children here.
I live in my Grandparents home. My Grandfather was a gardener.
He grew fruit trees.
I’m an Outdoor Adventure Guide/Instructor
I have several Kayaks and Trampolines.
I love my big Fire Pit in my backyard

1:45 pm, Larry Leishman, experienced gardener and hiking buddy
“How to Grow Vegetables from Seeds”

2:15 pm, Orientation
About my home/backyard.
Lots of trees surround our home - good for beauty/bad for growing veggies
Big tree trunks still need to be split
We cut several big tree branches last fall, making room for more sunshine in the garden
Tuff Shed - What goes in there – all garden tools and equipment – small and large. Before anyone leaves each week, please help me get all of my equipment put back in the shed.
Flower pots – empty all the soil inside

When you come over to my home:
Where to enter: Don’t ring the doorbell, just come around to the backyard. Go thru the gate on the east or by the boat on the west.
Where to park – Avoid parking in front of the fire hydrant or too close to the stop sign across the street from my home. Either place could get you a ticket.

History of my garden: Last year my Garden Group planted 65 tomato plants, along with several jalapeno peppers. We started too late last year which is why I’m SO excited about starting a lot earlier this year.

About my support team:
My GOOD husband, Dave – married for 30 years and still in love!
My 4 adult kids, ages 18 - 29
My assistants: Oscar, Anna, Mike, Julia
My consultants: Larry Lieshman, Linda Worstell, Thain Tagge
My neighbors (for letting us grow plants on their property): Jim Deans, Lois Haroldsen, Sheila Land and others.

Why I started the Group – I believe anything can be accomplished if you have a support group. That’s why I have organized several groups i.e. Kayaking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Camping, Bike Riding, Trampoline Jumping, and the Garden Group.
How it relates to my FAF Classes – My goal is to help ALL of us spend MUCH less money for food but enjoy a higher quality AND abundance of food while becoming more SELF RELIANT. I don’t like being SO dependent on grocery stores and food manufacturers for everything we need.

When do we meet? During the early spring, it will be a little more unpredictable due to weather. Watch your email and I’ll keep you posted. I want to meet EVERY week if possible – hopefully 3 times a week. Once we get closer to May, we will be meeting EVERY Tuesday and Saturday, early evenings (6 – 8 pm) for at least 2 hours and many Friday mornings from 8 – 10 am.

Garden Blog – Check it often. It will keep you informed and up to date on our progress.
Email – Main source for communication.
My Cell phone - use for emergencies only
What to prepare for – my weekly emails will let you know what to prepare for and what we’re working on next.
Plan to meet more often during Harvest Time – which starts in July with many fruits
Attitude – Prepare to do anything you are asked to do. If you see something that needs to be done, just do it and don’t wait to be told.

Besides improving your Garden Skills, increase your People Skills – I challenge ALL of us, to get to know at least ONE new person EVERY time you come. We have a lot of really GREAT people in this group!! Learn their first name, what motivated them to join our group, their interests and hobbies, etc.

About the Garden Punchcard
Why it is important to bring it – My name is on the line when we start going into my neighbor’s backyards to plant gardens on their property. I want to feel confident that I know who is attending our Garden Meetings.
25 hours of work – You are required to put in at least 25 hours of work in the garden – the bulk of that needs to happen before Harvest Season (July)

What to wear – clothes that can get dirty, wear long pants and a long shirt to avoid scraped up arms and legs, hat, layers if it is cool outside
What we grow here – On my property we’ll mostly be growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, flowers, herbs, etc.
Other Garden spaces we’ll be working on nearby – I’ll let you know when we get ready to go to other locations. We’ll plant other fruits and veggies on the additional properties.
Ultimate Garden Goal: To duplicate in your own yard what we do here in our Community Garden

About young children – Try to get a babysitter or barter with other young mothers in our group to take turns babysitting. Just down the street from me is Cottonwood Elementary School. It has a lot of fun playground equipment that the kids would love.
My Trampolines and Kids – Kids LOVE Trampolines but unless I am having a Tramp party, no one is allowed on the tramps for liability reasons.
Any adults who love jumping on Trampolines should sign up for my Trampoline Aerobics Class in the Spring

A variety of People are needed in this group:
Tree Climbers
Lifting heavy objects
Equipment operators – Wood Splitter, Tiller, Wood Shredders, etc.
Using hand tools, raking, weeding, watering, etc.
Hold baskets/buckets up for the tree pickers
Digital Photographers – we want photos every time we work in the garden so everyone can see the progress we are making. If you have a digital camera, bring it and take some photos when you are here.

I need someone to type out some handouts and email them to me so I can post them on my site

Types of Free Food you’ll receive:
Besides all the veggies that we grow in the garden, you’ll receive
Plums, Apples, pears, maybe peaches, grapes, apricots, blackberries, etc.

You’ll also get emails about Free bagels, breads, pastries, and a bunch of other very delicious food that needs to find a home asap. Most of the food can be taken home and put in the freezer.

Bathroom – Try to go to the bathroom before you come but if you need to you can use mine. For the most part, I’m trying to keep us outside as much as possible.


68 Great Gardening Books you can check out at your library

How to grow beans, peas, asparagus, artichokes and other shoots : growing legumes and edible shoots, including celery, celeriac, globe artichokes and seakale, with 180 photographs
by Bird, Richard, 1942-
London : Southwater, c2008.
Call Number:
635 Bir

How to grow tomatoes : a practical gardening guide for great results, with step-by-step techniques and 175 photographs.
by Bird, Richard., Bird, Richard
London : Southwater Pub, c2008.
Call Number:
635.642 Bir

Grow vegetables
by Buckingham, Alan., Whittingham, Jo.
New York, NY : DK Pub., c2008.
Call Number:
635 Buc

Vegetable gardening
by Whittingham, Jo., Royal Horticultural Society (Great Britain)
New York, N.Y. : DK Pub., 2007.
Call Number:
635 Whi

Buried treasures : tasty tubers of the world : how to grow and enjoy root vegetables, tubers, rhizomes, and corms
by Hanson, Beth., Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Brooklyn, NY : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, c2007.
Call Number:
635.1 Bur

Perennial vegetables : from artichoke to zuiki taro, a gardener's guide to over 100 delicious, easy-to-grow edibles
by Toensmeier, Eric.
White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2007.
Call Number:
635 Toe

The all-in-one garden : grow vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers in the same space
by Rice, Graham.
London : Cassell Illustrated ; New York : Distributed in the U.S.A. by Sterling Pub., c2006.
Call Number:
635 Ric

All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space!
by Bartholomew, Mel.
Nashville, Tenn. : Cool Springs Press, 2006, c2005.
Call Number:
635 Bar

Vegetable gardening : from planting to picking : the complete guide to creating a bountiful garden
by Bradley, Fern Marshall., Courtier, Jane.
Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest, c2006.
Call Number:
635 Bra

Growing vegetables & fruit around the year : a calender of monthly tasks for the kitchen garden, with over 300 photographs and 80 step-by-step techniques
by Edwards, Jonathan, 1959-, McHoy, Peter.
London : Southwater ; Lanham, MD : NOrth American agent/distributor, National Book Network, c2006.
Call Number:
635 Edw

Gardening with heirloom seeds : tried-and-true flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a new generation
by Coulter, Lynn.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2006.
Call Number:
635 Cou

How to grow more vegetables (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine
by Jeavons, John.
Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2006.
Call Number:
635.048 Jea

Gardening when it counts : growing food in hard times
by Solomon, Steve.
Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, c2005.
Call Number:
635 Sol

Guide to growing delicious vegetables, fruits & herbs
by Schrock, Denny., Beckerman, Janna.
Des Moines, Iowa : Meredith, 2005.
Call Number:
635 Gui

Growing bulb vegetables : a directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully
by Bird, Richard.
London : Lorenz Books ; [Lanham, MD] : Distributed by National Book Network, c2004.
Call Number:
635.2 Bir

Miracle-Gro complete guide to vegetables, fruits & herbs
by Meredith Books.
Des Moines, Iowa : Meredith Books, 2008.
Call Number:
635 Mir

The vegetable growers handbook
by Tozer, Frank.
Felton, CA : Green Man Pub./Santa Cruz : [distributed by Chelsea Green Pub.], c2008
Call Number:
635 Toz

Jamie at home : cook your way to the good life
by Oliver, Jamie, 1975-, Loftus, David.
New York : Hyperion, [2008], c2007.
Call Number:
641.5 Oli

Rodale's vegetable garden problem solver : the best and latest advice for beating pests, diseases, and weeds and staying a step ahead of trouble in the garden
by Bradley, Fern Marshall., Rodale (Firm)
[New York, NY] : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Pub., c2007.
Call Number:
635.049 Bra

Crops in pots : how to plan, plant, and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in easy care containers
by Purnell, Bob.
Pleasantville, NY : Reader's Digest, c2007.
Call Number:
635.986 Pur

The encyclopedia of vegetable gardening
by Little, Brenda.
Sandy, Utah : Silverleaf Press, c2006.
Call Number:
635.048 Lit

Incredible vegetables from self-watering containers
by Smith, Edward C. (Edward Clarke), 1941-
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2006.
Call Number:
635.986 Smi

Vegetables, herbs & fruit : an illustrated encyclopedia
by Biggs, Matthew., McVicar, Jekka., Flowerdew, Bob.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2006.
Call Number:
635 Big

Designing the new kitchen garden : an American potager handbook
by Bartley, Jennifer R.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2006.
Call Number:
635.048 Bar

Success with organic vegetables
by Cuthbertson, Yvonne, 1944-
Lewes, East Sussex : Guild of Master Craftsman, 2006.
Call Number:
634.048 Cut

75 exciting vegetables for your garden
by Staub, Jack E.
Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, c2005.
Call Number:
635 Sta

The Moosewood Restaurant kitchen garden ; creative gardening for the adventurous cook
by Hirsch, David P.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, c2005.
Call Number:
635 Hir

Square foot gardening : a new way to garden in less space with less work
by Bartholomew, Mel.
[Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2005.
Call Number:
635 Bar

Sunset the edible garden
by Sunset Books., Sunset.
Menlo Park, Calif. : Sunset Pub. Corp., c2005.
Call Number:
635 Sun

The organic home garden : how to grow fruits & vegetables naturally
by Lima, Patrick., Scanlan, John, 1949-
Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, c2004.
Call Number:
635.048 Lim

Kitchen garden A to Z : growing, harvesting, buying, storing
by McGrath, Michael, 1952-, Smith, Gordon, 1950 Nov. 16-
New York : H.N. Abrams, 2004.
Call Number:
635 McG

Growing squashes and pumpkins : a directory of varieties and how to cultivate them succesfully
by Bird, Richard, 1942-
London : Lorenz Books ; [Lanham, MD] : Distributed in the USA and Canada by National Book Network, c2003.
Call Number:
635.62 Bir

Gourmet vegetables : smart tips and tasty picks for gardeners and gourmet cooks
by Raver, Anne.
Brooklyn, NY : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, c2002.
Call Number:
635 Gou

Jerry Baker's terrific tomatoes, sensational spuds, and mouth-watering melons : 1,274 super secrets for growing prize-winning vegetables
by Baker, Jerry.
[Wixom, MI?] : American Master Products, c2001.
Call Number:
635.04 Bak

Cubed foot gardening : growing vegetables in raised intensive beds
by Bird, Christopher.
Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, c2001.
Call Number:
635.048 Bir

Gardening from seed : the keys to success with flowers and vegetables
by Thomas, Christopher., Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
New York, NY : Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia LLC, c2000.
Call Number:
635 Tho

The farmer's wife guide to growing a great garden--and eating from it, too! : growing, storing, freezing, and cooking your own vegetables + 250 recipes and serving ideas!
by Doyen, Barbara.
New York, N.Y. M. Evans and Company, Inc., c2002.
Call Number:
635 Doy

The edible rainbow garden
by Creasy, Rosalind.
Boston : Periplus ; North Clarendon, VT : Distributed by Tuttle Pub., c2000.
Call Number:
635 Cre

The vegetable gardener's bible : discover Ed's high-yield W-O-R-D system for all North American gardening regions
by Smith, Edward C. (Edward Clarke), 1941-
Pownal, Vt. : Storey Books, c2000.
Call Number:
635 Smi

The sustainable vegetable garden : a backyard guide to healthy soil and higher yields
by Jeavons, John., Cox, Carol.
Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c1999.
Call Number:
635 Jea

Great garden companions : a companion planting system for a beautiful, chemical-free vegetable garden
by Cunningham, Sally Jean.
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press ; [New York] : Distributed in the book trade by St. Martin's Press, c1998.
Call Number:
635 Cun

The edible heirloom garden
by Creasy, Rosalind.
Boston, Mass. : Periplus Editions, 1999.
Call Number:
635 Cre

How to grow vegetables and fruits by the organic method
by Organic gardening and farming magazine., Rodale, J. I. (Jerome Irving), 1898-1971.
Emmaus, Pa., Rodale Books c1999.
Call Number:
631.8 Org

Growing herbs and vegetables : from seeds to harvest
by Silber, Terry, 1940-, Silber, Mark.
New York : Knopf, c1999.
Call Number:
635 Sil

The art of the kitchen garden
by Gertley, Jan., Gertley, Michael.
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c1999.
Call Number:
712.6 Ger

My backyard garden
by Lerner, Carol.
New York : Morrow Junior Books, c1998.
Call Number:
J635 Ler

Seed sowing and saving
by Turner, Carole B., 1964-
Pownal, Vt. : Storey Pub., c1998.
Call Number:
635.042 Tur

Heirloom vegetables : a home gardener's guide to finding and growing vegetables from the past
by Stickland, Sue.
New York : Fireside Books, c1998.
Call Number:
635 Sti

Kitchen gardens : how to create a beautiful and functional culinary garden
by Barash, Cathy Wilkinson, 1949-
Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Co., c1998.
Call Number:
635 Bar

Kitchen gardens : beyond the vegetable patch
by Turner, Carole.
Brooklyn, N.Y. : Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, c1998.
Call Number:
635 Kit

Vegetable gardening
by Walheim, Lance., Sunset Books., Vegetable gardening illustrated.
Menlo Park, Calif. : Sunset Books, c1998.
Call Number:
635 Wal

Cultivating the cook's garden
by James, Theodore., James, Theodore. Gourmet garden.
Tulsa, Okla. : Council Oak Books, c1998.
Call Number:
635 Jam

A celebration of heirloom vegetables : growing and cooking old-time varieties
by Yepsen, Roger B.
New York : Artisan, 1998.
Call Number:
635 Yep

Dinner from dirt : ten meals kids can grow & cook
by Scott, Emily, 1949-, Duffy, Catherine, 1964-, Kirby, Denise, 1955-
Salt Lake City : Gibbs Smith, c1998.
Call Number:
J641.65 Sco

Creative vegetable gardening : accenting your vegetables with flowers
by Larkcom, Joy.
New York : Abbeville Press Publishers, c1997.
Call Number:
635 Lar

Easy vegetable garden plans
by Peirce, Pam., Smith, Sally W., Smith, Michael D. (Michael Daman), 1937-, Ortho Books.
San Ramon, CA : Ortho Books, c1997.
Call Number:
635 Pei

A grower's guide to vegetables
by Fenton-Smith, John.
New York : Crescent Books, 1997.
Call Number:
635 Fen

Burpee-- the complete vegetable & herb gardener : a guide to growing your garden organically
by Cutler, Karan Davis.
New York : Macmillan USA, [1997]
Call Number:
635.048 Cut

Heirloom vegetable gardening : a master gardener's guide to planting, growing, seed saving, and cultural history
by Weaver, William Woys, 1947-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1997.
Call Number:
635.097 Wea

Culinary gardens : from design to palate
by McClure, Susan, 1957-
Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., 1997.
Call Number:
712.6 McC

Ortho's complete guide to vegetables
by Heriteau, Jacqueline., Stremple, Barbara Ferguson., Ortho Books.
Des Moines, IA : Ortho Books, c1997.
Call Number:
635 Her

The book of garden secrets
by Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw., Bilderback, Diane E., The Harrowsmith country life book of garden secrets., Garden secrets.
Willowdale, Ont. : Firefly Books, c1997.
Call Number:
635 Pat

The children's kitchen garden : a book of gardening, cooking, and learning
by Brennan, Georgeanne, 1943-, Brennan, Ethel., Barchechat, Marcel., East Bay French-American School (Berkeley, Calif.)
Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c1997.
Call Number:
372.357 Bre

Earthly delights : tubs of tomatoes and buckets of beans
by Kramer, Jack, 1927-
Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., c1997.
Call Number:
635.048 Kra

Gardener cook
by Lloyd, Christopher, 1921-, Sooley, Howard.
Minocqua, Wis. : Willow Creek Press, c1997.
Call Number:
641.65 Llo

Desert gardening : fruits & vegetables : the complete guide
by Brookbank, George, 1925-
Tucson, Ariz. : Fisher Books, c1997.
Call Number:
635.048 Bro

The new kitchen garden
by Pavord, Anna.
New York : DK Pub., 1996.
Call Number:
635 Pav

Fresh from the garden : cooking and gardening throughout the seasons : with 250 recipes
by Meyers, Perla.
New York : Clarkson Potter, c1996.
Call Number:

Agenda for Sat. Feb. 21, 1: 30 - 3 pm

We have a lot to do on Sat., Feb. 21, at our first garden meeting, so try to be here on time. Here's the agenda:
1:30 - 1:45 pm - Quick Intro, look at our first garden we'll be working on, talk basically how this garden group works, meet other members, etc.
1:45 - 2:15 - My good friend and experienced gardener, Larry, will show us How to grow a garden from SEEDS.
2:15 - 2:45 pm - Meet my garden assistants, what we'll be working on during the next few months, info about the Garden Punchcard and why you need to bring it, make sure everyone gets their card, what to bring each time you come, when we'll meet, who you can bring, what to wear, where else we'll be working, what we'll be growing, etc.
2:45 - 3:30 pm - Work on our first Garden Project. Here are a few photos of what is in our garden right now and what we need to clean up.

Things to bring on Sat. Feb. 21, 1:30 pm

A landscaping and/or garden rake if you have one (A landscape rake is the kind with big metal teeth)
Work Gloves
If anyone is skilled in using a chain saw and has their own, please bring it and help us cut up a few logs.
Wear shoes you can get dirty - no open toed sandals
Water Bottle
At least 4 plastic Grocery Bags - bring even more like 10 - 20 if you can
Camping chair to sit on
Wear clothes you can get dirty in
Dress in layers - it's still cool - in the 50's
Branch or small limb cutters if you have any


Study these 3 websites. You'll learn a lot about growing plants in Utah

We will be using the information from these 3 websites often this year.




xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxALWAYS bring these items when coming to work in the garden

Find a "Garden" Sports Bag ($1 - $2 dollars at any thrift store)to keep the following items in and bring with you every time.

1. Check this blogsite to see what we are working on next. I'll send out an AGENDA EMAIL for the upcoming week. It will tell you what kind of work to prepare for and what kind of help we need. Sometimes we need to make sure some men will be there to help us.

2. Bring at least TWO large containers FILLED w/ water. Keep these in your car. Kinds of containers would be gallon-size plastic milk containers, 64 oz juice containers, etc. Sometimes we need water where there is no water or if the water hasn't been turned on yet.

3. Bring a water bottle for you to drink.

4. Bring a snack to eat. Working in a garden is good exercise and often makes you hungry.

5. Save and bring your dryer LINT in a ziplock plastic bag. We'll be starting lots of fires this spring in my big fire pit in my backyard. Dryer link makes GREAT kindling. We may or may not use it every time but this is something you should always have if you needed to start a fire in your own backyard. I'll prepare some dutch oven dinners for the group every so often and could use it to help heat up the coals.

6. Save your old newspapers and keep them in your car when you come. They help out in several ways i.e. getting a fire started or sitting or walking on instead of sitting or stepping in the mud.

7. Bring work gloves.

8. Do NOT wear open-toed shoes.

9. Bring any small hand garden tools, if you have them.

10. Bring your Garden Punchcard in a protective cover. It needs to last you 7 months.

11. Bring a notebook w/ a pen or pencil.

12. Wear clothes and shoes that you aren't afraid to get dirty or smell like smoke from a fire.

13. Wear long pants - especially early in the season when we are moving tree limbs and branches to avoid scraping up your legs.

14. Bring a bucket or pail w/ your name on it. The white $5 food storage containers work really well. You'll use the bucket for all kinds of things.


Attention - Moms w/ young children! We need you!

Even though I don't want mothers to bring their young children to our garden area because of equipment and tools, etc. there is still plenty we need moms to help us with!
Check OFTEN (if possible, daily) through the FREE classified sections of KSL.com AND Craigslist.org in the SLC area OR for those of you who are in Utah County, check your local area.

There are some super GREAT deals out there! Many people just want to get rid of their stuff to the first person who will come and pick it up. I'll anxious to find out what things you are most interested in. For me, I'm interested in good bookcases (especially for food storage), sod, wood, equipment and garden tools, etc. or anything related to Feeding a Family especially.

ALSO Garage Sale/Yard Sale Season is right around the corner!!

I don't know about the rest of the Salt Lake valley but there's a TON of REALLY NICE STUFF that people in Holladay get rid of for next to nothing! We need to be ready to pounce on the great deals out there and take advantage of opportunities handed to us if we open our eyes and see them!

Fill out this Garden Questionaire - send it to me via email

Please copy, paste this info then fill it out and send it to me via email. It helps me to get to know everyone a lot better. It gives me an idea of what you want out of this garden experience and how I can help to make that happen.

Do you have any gardening experience?

When it comes to gardening, do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or do you have an talented, skilled "green thumb"?

Do you have any experience using Garden or Yard equipment i.e. tiller, chain saw, wood shredder, wood splitter, etc. If so, specify which ones.

List any gardening experience, talents, skills, resources, knowledge, etc. do you have?

Do you have any connections to a garden nursery?

Do you have anything in particular that you want to especially help with the most in our garden?

What kinds of plants would you like to grow in our garden?

We are expecting positive attitudes and hard working skills from everyone in the group but beyond that, let me know if you have any specific things you'd be willing to share with us i.e.
a truck, garden equipment, tools (rakes, shovels, hand tools), freezing, canning or dehydrating food skills, plants that are overgrown in your yard that you'd like to thin out and share with us, seeds, containers, tomato cages, fruit trees in your yard or neighborhood that might need picking, skills in growing seeds indoors, growing herbs or flowers, any extra land we can use for gardening, etc.

Plenty of opportunities to work in our Gardens AND receive FREE food!

Over the next 7 months, those who are members of our Garden Group will have plenty of opportunities to work in several gardens that we have acquired. Members will also be receiving plenty of FREE food - more than just fruits and veggies. Sometimes a little food and sometimes a lot. We hope you'll be happy with whatever is given to you! It's always a fun pleasant experience to receive FREE food!

If you have clean, plastic, grocery bags and/or Ziplock Bags - sandwich, quart or gallon size, BRING THEM WITH YOU EVERYTIME YOU COME! We will need them for sure - you just never know when, so keep plenty in your car in a duffle bag. Always bring them when you are coming to work in the garden.

Get your Garden Punchcard the first time we see you.

Those who come on Saturday, Feb. 21, will receive their Garden Group Punchcard - which has 25 punches. Each time you come to help, you'll mark off a punch. Because we are working in other backyards in my neighborhood besides mine, and because I am protective of my neighbors property, make sure you bring your Garden Punchcard each time you come to work with us. I want to get to know those who are in our group and have confidence and trust in them. Neighbors or friends are not invited to use your pass. They must sign up officially with our group before coming to help. Especially at the orientation this Sat., don't bring younger children since we'll be outside a lot and it's still fairly cold.

If you can not attend on Saturday, Feb. 21, it's not a problem. If you haven't paid yet, get your money in asap since you won't be invited to participate until you do.

Important Orientation: Saturday, Feb. 21, 1:30 - 3 pm, my home

This meeting will accomplish several things. Find out where I live, which will be used as our "home base". Much of the work will be centered around my backyard and neighborhood. My address is 2836 E Casto Lane (5060 So.), Holladay, 84117. If necessary, do a google search or mapquest to see where I live. Make sure you are on Holladay Blvd or you will NOT find Casto Lane. Casto only turns EAST off of Holladay Blvd.

Welcome to our 2009 Garden Group!

Our 2009 Garden Group is shaping up to be an incredible group of people this year! I am so excited to have you join us. We still have room for a few more people so spread the word.

Here's some Important Info on how our group works:

99% of the Garden Group communication is done via email. Get in the habit of checking it daily if you want to hear about the latest.