The Giving Garden has a few beds available for adoption just in time to prep and plant cool season crops in October! Download the application and join us. Our planting days have been moved back to October due to the extended temperatures over 105 degrees. While the seeds may sprout, the new plants won’t thrive until daytime temps are in the 90’s or below. See new GG planting dates below.
As the mornings begin to cool, our raised-bed garden soil needs to amended with nutrients to support our food crops. On Garden Work Days, we will have organic amendments, including a balanced fertilizer, alfalfa pellets, fish emulsion, and soil sulfur (not to be used for growing onions) available for our community gardeners to use in their beds. Our Giving Garden Team will be on hand to offer support to area gardeners. Feel free to drop by to see what we are planting or visit with us. We would love to meet you!
Weekly Garden Work Days:Weekdays – Tuesdays from 9:00 – 11:00am *
Monthly Garden Work Days – Saturdays – usually 3rd Saturday, from 9:00 – 11:00am *
Planting Days, in 2019 February 16th and October 12th from 8:00 – 11:00am*
Volunteers should bring garden gloves and a water bottle with them on garden work days.
*In case of rain or stormy conditions, garden work days may be postponed to another time.
The Giving Garden will host Garden Classes again in 2019. If you would like to suggest a topic, please email Chris.
Members of the Giving Garden group at Dayspring UMC are hoping to help cultivate new green thumbs in south Tempe. After more than a year of learning, planning, and building, the church is opening its community garden to the neighborhood.
“The garden is open to anyone,” said Chris Lueck, head of theGiving Garden team, “individuals, families, groups… anyone who is interested can adopt a bed.” There is no cost to adopt one of the 4’ x 8’ raised beds, but donations are welcomed to help support the group’s mission –to grow a sustainable giving garden.
“We’re teaching sustainable growing practices, sharing research based gardening knowledge through classes, and building community through gardening activities and events,” Lueck said. “We already have a talented group of volunteers and want to welcome others.”
Each of the 28 rectangular cedar beds in the garden is raised 22” to control soil and increase accessibility. Water is supplied to each bed with an individual shutoff to allow for hand watering or drip irrigation. They are filled with a sandy/loam soil mixed with the City of Tempe’s free compost. “We have good soil right now,” said Lueck, “and it’s just going to get better.”
Education is a major component of the group’s work. They started offering free classes in April, led by local Master Gardeners, experienced in the challenges gardening in Arizona can present. Additionally, volunteers work together to learn best practices while maintaining their beds. Leaders help train interested volunteers on harvesting, composting, and sustainable practices for pest management and continual soil improvement.
Those who adopt garden beds are encouraged to plant and maintain their bed on their own, but resources are available for seeds, if needed. They are also expected to attend six or seven
garden events a year, including training classes, community building events, and even potluck meals to enjoy the produce they have harvested. If interested, please call the Church Office at (480) 838-1446 or email Chris Lueck at firstname.lastname@example.org.