At Pringle Creek Community we are always looking for innovative ways to have fun and be healthy. There are plenty of opportunities to breathe in the fresh air, learn different approaches for a more vivacious garden, and enjoy conversations with other gardeners in the community. 

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It’s that time of year again for spring planting at Pringle Creek Community. We encourage growing local and organic food while strengthening community through shared knowledge of gardening practices and volunteerism. Urban Farming workshops are offered through the Sustainable Living Center. Our wonderful volunteers help support the greenhouse in so many ways including watering, weeding, harvesting, and some great conversation. Judy is a jewelry-maker and volunteer at PCC, who is now planting tomatoes, squash, marigolds and more. Marigolds not only come in vibrant color combinations of orange and red, but are also known to deter insects that may want to happily munch on fruits and leaves. Another way to side-track insects from eating your scrumptious broccoli is to plant Nasturtium. These orange flowering plants are used as yummy morsels to distract hungry insects. If you’d like to utterly confuse the senses of insects even further and lead them away from your potential dinner plans, then planting onion and garlic may also do the trick.

John, another volunteer, has been experimenting with different types of raised beds. One bed has a slightly higher canopy than the other, and this height difference seemed to help decrease condensation and mold from growing.  These garden experiments have proved fruitful. The tomato plants are adorned with yellow flowers, and heads of lettuce could be twice the size of your head. One tip to get more tomatoes from a plant is to carefully look for areas with only leaves, and pluck them off. Then, you may potentially get more flowers in that spot, which equals more tomatoes. John also mentioned his enjoyment of “designing different methodologies to make stronger and healthier crops for the CSA.”

“I was afforded the opportunity to set-up some beds and play…it’s put me in better physical condition because working in a greenhouse is a year-round activity.” – John

Colleen, our Urban Farmer at Pringle Creek Community, is also gearing up for this year’s CSA, which will run from June through February. There are only a few spots left, so sign-up for fresh organically grown produce!

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