Welcome to the Elliotborough Community Garden blog! This is where you can find information about the garden and upcoming events, and lean how to get involved.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Halloween in the Garden

October was a busy month in the garden. The garden was producing tasty fall crops and we hosted a pumpkin carving party on October 27th. A few days later, Elliotborough Park & Community Garden was the ending point for the first Elliotborough Halloween Parade and Festival on October 30th. The garden was transformed into a haunted cemetery and it hosted the "Hello my name is BBQ" truck, beer sales to benefit the Neighborhood Association, and a City of Charleston fire truck for kids to check out. We are already looking forward to second annual Halloween Festival in 2011!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kiosk Raising

Billy Weber designed and built a wonderful kiosk for the community garden, and our "Kiosk Raising" event in late August was a fun event with lots of volunteers lending a hand to get the new kiosk up on its feet. Many thanks to all who attended - it took everyone working together to get it done! Be sure to check the kiosk for information and announcements, and use the chalk board to leave messages!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Charleston Urban Agriculture Tour

On Saturday, July 17, Lowcountry Local First organized a bicycle tour of urban agriculture projects in downtown Charleston. The Elliotborough Community Garden was honored to be part of the tour. Claire and Billy spoke about how the garden was created and some of the unique challenges of growing food in an urban environment. It was great to see so many participants on the tour who are excited about urban and community agriculture in Charleston! Here are some photos of tour's stop in the garden.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June Harvest

With the weather turning from warm to hot, the garden is starting to produce all sorts of tasty summer vegetables. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans, okra, potatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, and basil are all ready to be eaten! These photos were taken on Friday morning and are just a sampling of the great things growing in the garden right now.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 14, 2010 - Neighborhood Kids' Garden is Growing

Thank you D'Allesandro's for sponsoring our "Spring Cleaning" on March 6, 2010! The flowers added to our flower bed look great, and the new 12 x 12 bed we installed on March 6th during the "Spring Cleaning" event has been a big hit with our neighborhood kids. The neighborhood kids who love to explore the garden now have their own area where they can dig, plant, water, and pick the fruits of their labor. The radishes are taking off and will be ready soon, we put in some cumbers and squash last week, and the green beans have spouted and will be running up the poles in no time! Billy also installed the sign painted by the kids on March 6th.

Gardeners, if you are out in the garden and see any of the little ones from the neighborhood who are interested in the garden, please show them this area and encourage them to explore! We will also be adding more signage to explain what the plants are, and which ones are ready to pick.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30th - Lettuce!

The recent rain and warm weather have sprung the garden into Spring! The plantings from our Spring Cleaning Day on March 6th have taken root and are blooming beautifully, and many of the garden plots look fantastic, bulging with bumper crops of lettuce, spinach, and other tasty greens.

I've been to the garden a few times this week and it looks like the new Kids' Garden is going to be a big success. The neighborhood children are drawn to the garden and it is great to have a place to show them where they can water, weed, and plant. I watered and chatted with some kids this evening for about 30 minutes. They are very excited about the tiny strawberries forming on the plants they put in on March 6th.