Organic Today - For a Better Tomorrow!
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15 mins southeast of downtown Dallas @ 4710 Pioneer Rd., Balch Springs, TX 75180 (1 block north I20 @ Seagoville Rd.)
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HAVING A BLAST!
A blast of winter that is! But the plants at Eden's Garden Community Gardens are doing just fine! Some gardeners tucked their plants in tight - while most just braved the storm. We have planted spinach, onions, purple top turnips, radishes, cauliflower and more. We need volunteers to work in the house beds and common areas. Work for food! Call Marie at the shop for information. 214-348-EDEN (3336)
The old garden shed, estimated to have been built back in the 30's, is in the process of being restored. Bill, Curtis, Robert and Marie braced the walls, but it will need to be relocated, just a few feet from its original location, to make up for the damage to the floor by pesky termites. This time around we'll outsmart them by naturally treating the lumber closest to the ground with boric acid products and, by raising it up off the ground a few feet, too.
Carpenter David Pearson, Balch Springs' business owner of David's Cabinets and Furniture, feels confident he can save most of the old building's original wood and replace the sides and roof piece by piece to allow it to retain its original look and feel. This will serve as our storage shed for the community gardeners' hand tools, seeds etc. The portable green house is erected and seeds are being started for our gardens. There is still a lot of work to do - but we're having fun and building a great community through the efforts. Not to mention, beautifying an old pasture and growing some yummy, safe, nutritious food!
EDEN'S GARDEN COMMUNITY GARDEN
Pictured (in no apparent order) are several members of the Balch Springs Home Depot team, owner and an associate of Eden's Organic Garden Center, Balch Springs Mayor Pro Tem Carrie Marshall, Bill and Patty Kappes, Curtis Shrum, Sheila James, Sam Walker, and Balch Springs Youth Advisory Board leader, Myesha Applewhite.
Community took on a new meaning in Balch Springs Saturday with the breaking ground of the new community gardens. Members of the Balch Springs Home Depot team and the owner of Eden’s Organic Garden Center worked side by side with citizens interested in working the soil. A sense of community, the desire for safe, organic foods and a love of gardening join these folks together in this new project. At just over 8000 square feet, this ground which has been home to the hooves of many a horse for the past 80+ years, will become a source of tasty food for those who choose to “work for food”. Someone showed me a scripture a few months ago and I couldn't help but feel we have God's blessing on this project. Ezekiel 36 speaks of how a land that was once desolate and unfertile will now again be the place of fertile soil and great crops - and people will say " This godforsaken land is now like Eden's garden!"
There is so much in the news these days about the cost of food as well as the questionable safety of it. By growing our own, we don’t have to worry about either of those problems. We will know exactly where our food comes from and how it was grown and it is virtually free when you do the work yourself.
Clearing the brush and removing volunteer "trash" trees were the first step.
There will be several plots available to “rent” for private use by families, individuals or groups. The remaining garden areas will be commonly farmed for local food banks and those unable to get down in the dirt themselves. Each of the privately held plots will also contribute to the “community” harvest and be used for sale in the organic farmers’ market held here that have been so popular this past season. Proceeds from those sales can then be used for new seeds, fertilizers, tools, etc. The idea is to create a sustainable farming situation.
I’m really looking forward to the spring when we can start planting. We have a lot of work still ahead of us because everyone’s favorite weed – Bermuda grass – is growing wildly in the area. It will take a lot of work to eradicate this tough weed but it can be done. We have several gardeners in the project that are established in their own rights and together we will conquer the Bermuda!
There are still many plots available and we’re still in the planning stages so now is the time to jump on board and join in the fun. If you are interested in taking out a plot, helping out with donations or knowledge or you just want to come dig in the dirt with us, call Marie at Eden’s for information. 214-348-EDEN (3336)
We know we'll need lots of things; a tractor and operator would be great this spring, compost, mulch, trucks to pick up and haul compost and mulch - and a bobcat or front-end loader to load the trucks, and Lots and Lots of hands to help play in the dirt! We will work on having educational classes such as menu making, cooking demos, and even canning classes, so we can put up some of our harvest for winter, too.
Stay tuned and call or stop by the shop if you think you might be interested in helping "work for free food"! Come roll up your sleeves and get yer hands in the dirt - join us in this new and exciting endeavor!
I am happy to report that the Lake Highlands Community Garden is having babies!
That is right, the kids are all excited because the pepper plants are blossoming into real, live PEPPERS and TOMATOES! The kids are very excited and if you've never grown something with your own 2 hands and gotten to eat it - you don't know what you are missing!