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Inaugural Community Garden Party and Blessing

posted Jul 19, 2015, 1:15 PM by Holy Cross Garden

Deacon Phil blessing the Holy Cross Community Garden

Deacon Phil offered a prayer and a blessing of the Holy Cross Community Garden, which has grown significantly this year, compared to the two garden beds that launched this 'grow and share' project. 

Gardeners and friends of the garden project join in prayer

Nine gardeners and friends of the garden joined in the evening's grilling and potluck dinner. The garden project has nearly a dozen gardeners or 'friends of the garden' who help in various ways. Once tomatoes and other crops start coming in strong, plans are to sell a portion of the harvest after Mass, to raise funds for a garden fence. Garden helpers can take home some of the produce in exchange for their work; at least half of each harvest session goes to Catholic Charities. 

Time for a garden blessing & potluck!

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:34 PM by Holy Cross Garden   [ updated Jun 25, 2015, 9:23 PM ]

We'll be having our inaugural Holy Cross Garden Blessing and Potluck Picnic Wednesday, June 24. Depending on weather conditions, we may end up dining indoors, but we do expect to have a popup tent to provide some shade and will be grilling hot dogs and burgers, and enjoying the side dishes that others bring. Parish gardeners are welcome to invite a friend or neighbor. .. just bring a dish to share.

Time: 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM or so. 

Sharing first fruits
Deacon Phil Rzewnicki at Holy Cross Catholic Church delivered bunches of collards and radishes to Catholic Charities of Durham in early June. The vegetables were grown in the Holy Cross Community Garden, now in its third year. 

The garden was established to help provide a steady supply of fresh produce to Catholic Charities for distribution to their clients. 

Three households with individual plots in the garden share a portion of their harvest as well. Volunteers who help with the dozen or show 'sharing beds' in the garden are able to bring some veggies home. 

Once production increases, the garden committee will be selling produce after Mass at Holy Cross, accepting donations to help cover the cost of a fence and other garden supplies. Anyone interested in helping for an hour or two can stop by after Saturday's 5 p.m. Mass or Sunday's 10 a.m. Mass, or Wednesday evenings, if it's not raining. 

Thanks, gardeners!

posted May 21, 2015, 6:01 PM by Holy Cross Garden

Holy Cross gardeners have been busy in the garden beds the past few weeks. Someone delivered a huge truckload of chipped wood [thank you!], and gardeners have been spreading it in the aisles between the beds and in rows between growing veggies. It's looking really nice out there now! Thanks, everyone who has helped thus far. 

We have a few more sections to turn into garden beds and then, it'll just be a matter of planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, then repeat, repeat, as long as the sun shines and warms the earth to a reasonable growing temperature! It's been fun watching our Holy Cross parish geese and their babies wandering around as well. We all know to stay away from them, though. They are protective of their space and each other, and seem to be leaving our produce alone. Now, we don't know how long the deer will stay away. Hoping to get a fence up before too long. Donations welcome! Contact Anna Rzewnicki if you're interested in helping with the fence. 

On the first month of gardening

posted May 9, 2015, 7:40 AM by Holy Cross Garden

The garden team's efforts are already producing fruit! We have harvested our first collards and kale, donating those to Catholic Charities in Durham. Household gardeners are also starting to harvest from their beds. Coming up also are spinach, onions, garlic, peas. Also planted in their new beds are tomatoes, peppers, herbs and a few flowers. 

Many thanks to the adult and teen volunteers who have been helping get the beds ready and have started planting!

Planting has begun

posted Apr 5, 2015, 9:22 PM by Holy Cross Garden   [ updated Apr 5, 2015, 10:27 PM ]

Despite the cold weather, planting has begun. Three of the season's gardeners - The Crump family and friends, the Rzewnickis, Marcia and Seph, and Rennie  have worked the past few weeks, getting the beds ready, starting the new community beds, and planting broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and peas. Flowers and a thyme plant have been added to the base of the garden sign, the new compost pile up and working, and paths and new beds have staked out. Once the new soil arrives, we'll need volunteers to help move it to the sharing beds and a few new beds that are being added within the garden space. New households are welcome to join ... Check out the Tips and Resources page to help you start thinking about your household garden, then go to the Contact and Registration page to sign up. 

Ready to get to work?!

posted Mar 8, 2015, 10:57 AM by Holy Cross Garden   [ updated Mar 8, 2015, 11:57 AM ]

The sun is shining today and the weather forecast looks promising! Spring may finally be on the way, so it's time now to wake up the Holy Cross Community Garden. Two work days have been scheduled for Saturday morning/early afternoon: March 21 and March 28. Please check your calendars and decide how much time you can give and sign up by clicking the links on the gardening calendar page. Check out ways to get involved throughout the year. 

We will be:
  • Moving the two initial garden beds [by the parking lot] over to the main beds by the back of the church
  • Helping households that want to have a garden of their own get started on their garden beds [see the Getting Involved section of this site about donations requested for the household garden plots]
  • Preparing all the beds for the 2015 growing season.
  • Adding a 'tiny tots' section where the little ones can play while family members work in the garden
  • Building a three-section compost bin
  • Creating an herb garden
  • Adding a few berry bushes
  • Eventually .. building a fence [in April]
About the compost bin: The three-section model will more efficiently (and neatly) create compost that we'll be using to refresh the beds with nutrients throughout the growing season. Anyone with garden scraps from their home yards are welcome to drop them off in bags at the parish community garden. Once the bin is in place, you're welcome to put your yard scraps right in the compost bin. We hope that if you do so, you will also take a turn once in a while to 'turn the compost' ... that's essential to keep it alive!

Also welcome: 
  • Newspapers (black ink only, not the colorful, slick-paged advertising sections); WSJ works great because it has a large page format. These will be used to create a weed-smothering barrier as we build the beds.
  • Lengths of garden hose, including soaker hoses
  • Sprouted potatoes - red, white & yellow
  • Playground sand, a covered sandbox, and some sand toys (for a 'little tykes' section in the garden)
  • Lengths of lumber that can be used to build supports for tomatoes and other robust, climbing plants
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hoe and pitchfork
  • Your extra plants. If you have a garden at home and up with a few too many starter tomato or other plants, bring them to the garden; we'll find a home for them. 
  • Funds for fencing materials

Is winter over yet?

posted Mar 4, 2015, 8:33 PM by Holy Cross Garden   [ updated Mar 4, 2015, 8:34 PM ]

Snow, rain, ice, freezing temperatures derailed the intended garden start date this year. Our garden area is looking dismal after a more harsh than normal winter for the Carolinas ... but this little bowl of fresh veggies reminds us that spring - and the gardening season - isn't fall off now. Check the HC Gardening Calendar for our first work date. We will be moving our two trial garden beds into the main garden area, and adding new beds as households sign on. - Mar. 4, 2015

Time to start planning the 2015 garden

posted Mar 4, 2015, 8:31 PM by Holy Cross Garden

The garden catalogs have begun to arrive! That means it's time to start creating the garden seed and plant shopping list. I've made a tentative list of the seeds and plants that we'll be ordering soon, and am scheduling meetings for those interesting in having a household garden plot in the parish garden or helping get the parish beds ready for the spring season. The first planning meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish library. Anyone interested in gardening, helping to prepare beds, or helping with the gardean's organizing structure is welcome to attend. 

I read a few books over the Christmas holiday, including one that encouraged me to try having ours be a 12-month garden. The idea of harvesting carrots and other veggies that over-winter well sounds great to me! The duration of the garden's planting/harvest season will be part of the overall planning. - Jan. 19, 2015

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