Lots of events and actions items are on the Loving Garland Green Calendar!
Coming up fast is our first participation in the Garland Market Place this Saturday, July 19, from 9 to 2PM on the downtown square of Garland. Fresh Connections have generously agreed to share their booth with us. I've been busy getting things together that I will be selling. You can look forward to other items from other Loving Garland Green Members as well as from Fresh Connections.
- Organic Applications to Discourage Insects
We will feature organic sprays concocted by members from items you can find right in your kitchen. The beauty of these insect repellents is that once they are gone, you don't have to spend extra money to purchase more. Instead you can just go to your kitchen pantry and mix up the replacement yourself, using the container the original contents came in.
- Cuttings from a Juicy Prolific Thornless Blackberry Plant
Four blackberry plants in my yard have supplied me with 15 pounds of juicy tasty blackberries and they are not finished yet. They began yielding fruit in mid May. It you consider the average price for blackberries this season has been $4.98 per 12 ounces, those four bushes have thus far provided $99.60 worth of blackberries. If you consider they only take up 16 square feet of space and require only infrequent watering to grow. . . then if you consider their health value as antioxidants, blackberries are a plant worth considering for your North Texas garden.
- Cuttings from a Delicious Concord Grape Vine
The second most productive plant in my North Texas garden this year has been two concord grape vines I planted last year. Thus far these two vines have product 18 pounds of grapes. At and an average of $3 a pound, the dollar value of these grapes is $54. However, the taste is priceless. If wine were made from these grapes, it would be a sweet wine such a Mogen David.
5.5 pounds of Charlie's tomatoes
- Tomatoes from Charlie's Garden
Although Charlie is coming to an end of this batch of tomato plants for the spring/summer collection, he will still have a few pounds to sell on Saturday. Don't expect them to last so come early if you want any.
LOVING GARLAND GREEN PROGRAM: "ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN"
Members from Loving Garland Green met (with Jim Griffin from The Good Samaritans, Mike Nunn and his son, Jonas, a Boy Scout from our community) to begin planning the installment of a neighborhood community garden to be located in the backyard of The Good Samaritans home on 12th street here in Garland. It was decided to have a Watermelon Kickoff meeting in mid-August for residents of the neighborhood to get them excited about participating in the installation of a fall garden at this site. Jonas and another Boy Scout will be assisting us in the design and build for this garden.
Loving Garland Green will be assisting other neighborhoods in similar installations in Garland. We hope by spring of 2015 to have a network of at least four of these neighborhood gardens established. Gardens strengthen families, neighborhoods, and entire communities.
LOVING GARLAND GREEN SUBMITTED THE PAPERWORK LAST WEEK FOR OUR IRS FILING AS A NATIONAL NONPROFIT
Some folks don't realize this but filing with the state of Texas and obtaining state status as an nonprofit does not entitle a nonprofit to apply for most of the grant money that is available. The organization must be recognized by the IRS and registration with them costs $850--not to mention a rather horrendous amount of paper work. We look forward to the opportunity to seek funding from national foundations soon as some of our programs such as "Another Urban Garden" are at a standstill from lack of funding.
LOVING GARLAND GREEN WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE UPCOMING HEALTHY LIVING EXPO HERE IN GARLAND SEPTEMBER 27
We've already begun preparation of our demonstrations for this event.
Save the Date!
Healthy Living Expo 2014
Saturday, Sept. 27
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Curtis Culwell Center
4999 Naaman Forest Blvd