Friday, August 17, 2012

Squash and Beans

We've been harvesting summer squash (including some yellow zucchini, traditional green zucchini, yellow squash and crookneck squash) and green beans (Tenderette, Blue Lake and Roma) in huge volumes for the past few weeks. Our tomato plants are going strong, Dr Carolyn (a yellow cherry variety) has been quite delicious (I'm not sure that many of them are making their way out of the garden though, they're so tasty) and some of the later varieties are ripening and we're starting to see some truly massive beefsteak tomatoes in some of the harvest bags. There's a lot of food coming out and more to come, so if you've been thinking about getting involved in the garden, now is definitely the time :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Work day cancelled due to rain

Today's work day is cancelled due to the weather, and the board meeting is moved to Handsome Molly's but still at 5:30pm.

Friday, July 20, 2012


This week we've started getting our first summer squash, beans and peas and the tomatoes are coming along right behind. Considering our late start, we're very pleased - the rains over the last week or so have been spectacular! Thanks again to everyone who has helped us get this far, it's great to see the fruits of our labor.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Work session cancelled today

Today's work session (July 3) is cancelled due to the rain. The wind storm this weekend left things mostly intact, although the sink/bench were blown over into the crates (and that's not a light weight piece of furniture). Getting that set back on its feet, and secured to the ground will be first order of business for Friday morning's work session @ 8:30

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thank You!

Just wanted to acknowledge the amazing support we've had in the garden over the past couple of weeks from the Project Crossroads mission teams. With their help, we've finished the plumbing and irrigation systems and filled the trench that was down the middle of the garden, built a sign board at the site to help us with communications with the various volunteers, mulched our tomato beds and built support trellises, planted the tomato plants and a whole bunch of seeds and built a 3 bay compost bin to help with building up our soil. It's really looking a lot like a garden now, where just a few months ago we were standing ankle deep in snow and wondering where to start. Thanks to the teams from: * Ebenezer United Methodist, Knoxville TN * Anderson St United Methodist, Bristol TN * First United Methodist, Cleveland TN * Anderson Memorial United Methodist, Gretna VA We still have a long way to go, but it's great to see so much progress.

Friday, May 11, 2012


We're always on the lookout for ways to raise funds and awareness - and we hope our new range of Sprouting Hope branded merchandise will do both. If you'd like to show your support for Sprouting Hope, please have a look at our shirts and other products featuring the Sprouting Hope "Heart Beet" logo - a portion of every purchase is contributed directly to the project.

As a special introductory offer, you can use the code AFF30 for 30% off all products in our store through June 1.

Also, a reminder that our next work day is tomorrow, May 12 - we'll be planting, fencing and hooking up the first zones of the irrigation system, come on down to the garden and join in the fun!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Veggie Survey: the results are in!

Thanks to the folks who voted in our survey about what veggies to grow in the garden!

We asked, "We're growing lots of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini & yellow squash. What other veggies do you like to eat?" Multiple answers were allowed.

And you said:

Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Winter Squash (Butternut, Acorn, etc.)

So we'll keep these answers in mind as we choose what to grow in the garden this year. There will definitely be lettuce and peas. Potatoes will need some more planning and space for a future year. We've found the soil to be too rocky for carrots (they prefer very fine soil and fork when they run into an obstruction in the ground) but we're working on ideas for how to make them work in our garden. And there will be some of as many of the other veggies as we can fit in!

Now, what about Swiss chard? Is it unloved, misunderstood or just unknown??

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Progress report

Our work day last Saturday went very well, we're 7/8ths of the way there for forming the beds and paths, the mulching is maybe half done, the high pressure lines for the water for the irrigation are in and tested and the main posts for the fence are up. Still lots of work to do - the main jobs for this Saturday are planting our first seeds on the site (we also have seedlings that are growing offsite which we'll be transplanting soon), getting the irrigation zones for those seeds complete so they can have water and finishing the fence so that the new growth will be protected once it starts.

If you want to see what we've been doing and help us to make this project a reality, come on down to the garden on Saturday 12th - we'll be there from 9am until we're too tired to keep going :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Next work day - May 5

May 5 is not only Cinco de Mayo - it's also our next garden work day - more raking than you can shake a rake at... and hopefully we'll get some of the irrigation system hooked up and get the fence up too. Come down to the garden, bring something to eat and drink, wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty in and if you have a bow rake (the kind with solid teeth for moving dirt, not the kind for moving leaves) bring that too. Work starts at 9am and we'll be there until everyone has had enough.

If you can't make it this weekend, we'll start planting on May 12.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Nearly half way there

Thanks again to everyone who made it out to the garden yesterday and it was great to see some new faces (plus some old friends we haven't seen for a while). We managed to get the beds formed in half of the garden space and most of the paths mulched before the rain came. We still have a way to go with the plumbing and haven't started to lay out the irrigation system, although we have most of the parts now, so we will hopefully make some progress on that before the next work day on May 5.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Second Work Day - April 21

This coming Saturday, April 21 from 9am to 4pm will be the second work day to prepare the site for the Sprouting Hope garden. Now that the main water line is installed, we'll be working to form the garden beds (70 of them!) and install the irrigation system in the garden. If time permits we'll also start mulching the garden paths.

The garden is 10,000 square feet so we'll need lots of hands! Grab your family & friends, bring a garden rake, some sunscreen, a picnic lunch and drinks and come on out for all or part of the day.

As of Wednesday, the forecast is showing a chance of rain late in the day so we're optimistic that we'll get a full day for gardening. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

First workday is over

Thanks to everyone for helping to make the first work day successful. We've got our water line trenched in and connected to the main with a submeter, and we made a great start on laying out the garden on the ground (even though it hasn't been tilled yet). Next work day is April 21 when we will be forming up the beds, making a fence to keep the critters out and installing the irrigation system.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Front Page News

Thanks to Linda for speaking with Dan Kegley at the Smyth County News & Messenger... click the image to see a larger version.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

First Work Day April 14

This Saturday April 14 2012, we'll be holding our first work day to prepare the garden site. We will be working from 9am to connect to the water supply at the site in preparation for installing irrigation, and to install a fence to keep the deer, rabbits and groundhogs away. There will be a second work day on Saturday 21 when we plan to be forming beds and laying out the irrigation system. If you're able to help on either day, contact us or come out to the site and get your hands dirty.