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Community Gardening

Community garden initiatives are opening up opportunities to grow what we eat as a community.

The Conservancy has launched an initiative allowing us to help our community grow their own food, offer classes focusing on urban horticulture, and develop an urban farm site focusing on all aspects of horticulture in an urban area.

 

Magnolia Park and Community Garden

  • Located at the intersection of Magnolia Road & Sycamore Avenue in the West Ashley area of Charleston
  • 60 garden beds available for lease to members of the community
  • 11 garden beds raising produce for a local food pantries
  • A communal space to grow your own food and connect with your family, friends and neighbors
  • Composting & Vermiculture systems

Elliotborough Community Garden

  • Located at 134 Line Street, Charleston, SC 29403 in Elliotborough Park
  • 20 garden beds available for lease to members of the community
  • Four garden beds raising produce for local food pantries and neighborhood residents
  • Communal gardening space is a part of Elliotborough Park home to a children's playground, a stage and perrenial beds

Urban Horticulture and Gardening Classes

 A new component of the Conservancy's Educate You program, classes are offered to garden participants and the public on urban gardening methods.  Classes are held at Magnolia Park and Community Garden in the pavilion unless otherwise noted.  Dates and times are subject to change.

Upcoming Garden Classes

  • Container Gardening: July 12, 2014, 9:30-11:30am, Learn about maximizing plantings in containers
  • Planning & Seeding your Fall Garden: July 28, 2014, 6:00-7:00pm, Make a potting mix for seeding, create a calendar for seeding and plan your fall garden
  • Open Forum: Elliotborough Community Garden, August 9, 2014, 9:30am-11:00am, Have questions about your garden plot?  This open forum is an opportunity to ask a horticulturalist questions about the garden or your garden plot
  • Open Forum: Magnolia Community Garden, August 23, 2014, 9:30am-11:00am, Have questions about your garden plot?  This open forum is an opportunity to ask a horticulturalist questions about the garden or your garden plot 
  • Vermiculture: September 13, 2014, 10:00-11:00am, Worms, Worm Castings, Worm Compost Tea...all of the benefits of worms in the garden and make a worm compost tea, a natural fertilizer
  • Planning & Seeding your Winter Garden: September 22, 2014, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Learn about amending your soil for winter crops, what to plant and succession planting to maximize your harvest      
  • Fall Planting for Spring Harvest: October 18, 2014, 10-11am, Planting strawberries, fava beans and garlic in community beds and discussion of overwintering crops
  • Cover Crops in Urban Gardens: November 8, 2014, 10-11am, Learn about plants that return nutrients to the soil
  • Winter Pests and Disease: December 6, 2014, 10-11am, Become aware of pests and disease that will affect your winter crops and how to control them.  

 

Contact Leslie Wade at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to learn more about community gardening opportunities on Peninsular Charleston and West Ashley.

Scholarships are available for obtaining a garden plot with no annual fee.  Please, contact Leslie if interested in this opportunity.

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