28 August 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Temple, Gardeners!

Here's a quick overview of what this semester is going to look like:

-  Our Main Garden has moved! It is now located on the corner of Diamond and Carlisle (Next to White Hall).

-  As we are still working out the logistics of our new garden space, we will be dedicating the garden exclusively to community beds this semester.

-  General Body Meetings will be on Thursday at 8 in the Howard Gittis Student Center. Room location will be announced on a week by week basis. For room locations, check the blog/social media or sign up for TCG's weekly emails (temple.vegetables@gmail.com).

-  Garden Hours will be held on Fridays at 4.

Hope to see you at tonight's meeting in HGSC Room 217B!

30 April 2014

Ambler Plant Sale

Have a summer to-grow list? There will be a plant sale at Temple University Greenhouse this Saturday (May 3)!

Here is some information about the event:
May 3rd, 9 am - 2 pm

at the Temple University Ambler Greenhouse
Annuals - Perennials - Woodies - Herbs - Veggies - Hanging Baskets - AND MORE!

Cash, Check or Credit card accepted
Proceeds benefit the Ambler Arboretum, student internships, and the Pi Alpha Xi horticulture honor society

16 April 2014

Spring Feast Recap

Thanks to everyone who participated in/attended our Spring Feast. We had a great time, and we hope you did too! We raised a whopping $750 dollars, and we are pretty excited about it. The money will be used next semester as we move into our new garden and we will be donating a portion of our funds to the Church of the Advocate’s Supper Club. Thanks again for your participation!

20 March 2014

Spring Feast needs

The Spring Feast is in about three weeks so we need to get down to business.

We are still in need of some tables and chairs. If you have any you are willing to donate to the event, please send us an email (temple.vegetables@gmail.com).

Also, if you having any ideas for raffle items, please contact one of our events coordinators (Jackie or Joy). Our raffle items usually reflect local businesses, restaurants, etc. so get creative!

Last, but not least, FOOD! We will be sending out a sign-up sheet for food so start thinking about what you want to make. We accept carnivorous, vegetarian, and vegan dishes. We are anticipating a large crowd at the feast as always so we ask that everyone participate in donating food for the event.

These people are hungry, and we need to feed them all! The more food the merrier!

14 March 2014

How to Plant a Seed

Info from our 3/13 Meeting

Materials Needed:
- Seeds
- Water
- Seed Starting Mix

 - When to plant (in/outdoors)
- Seed Depth
- Additional rooting/priming materials/procedures

  • Fill small containers/ packs with seed starting mix
  • Saturate soil (light mist!)
  • Read seed package for appropriate seed depth
  • Sow 1-3 seeds per cell (depending on seed size)
  • Cover with appropriate amount of soil


12 March 2014

Water Consumption

As gardeners, we are well aware of the importance of water. Plants and humans need water to live. Therefore, it is an extremely important resource. Unfortunately, the supply of potable water is not always equal to the demand in many places around the globe.

California's drought is getting a lot of press these days, and for good reason, its a pretty big problem! But what can we do about it? We live on the other side of the continent. Do the decisions we make really have an impact on a drought occurring 3,000 miles away?

Yes, they do!

If you attended one of our earlier meetings this semester, you'll remember the web of life activity we used as both an icebreaker and an educational exercise. We learned that all forms of life are interconnected. That means we Pennsylvanians actually play a significant role on what's happening to our counterparts in California.

For example, California is America's largest dairy suppler, and, as this article illustrates, it takes gallons and gallons of water just to produce one stick of butter or one slice of cheese. But this is hardly news to us. Just think how often you have to water your TCG veggies in order to get a healthy yield, and that's just for a small square raised bed. Many of us probably buy diary products that are sourced from Californian diary farms without even realizing it. This is a prime example of how buying local food products can make a difference.

Also, San Francisco made a smart move by banning single use plastic water bottles. If you find yourself relying on plastic water bottles, you might want to follow their example and invest in a reusable bottle. Even the little lifestyle changes can lead to reducing your water waste footprint.

Now that it's finally starting to heat up outside, we are reminded of how great access to a cool glass of water really is. So let's think of some places where we could reduce excess water use, so there will be more glasses to go around!


Main Garden:
Broad & Norris St.
(behind the red walls)

Sonia Sanchez Garden:
Diamond & Carlisle St.