Friendship Evergreen Community Garden at Ehrhardt Park

Check Out Your Melons

Learn about your melons:

New Garden Email Address

We have experienced difficulty with the garden email address for about a week now and have not been able to send or receive emails.

Please use this new email to contact the garden starting 4/25/2022:

FEcommunitygarden@gmail.com

March Meet and Greet

Calling all Friendship Evergreen Community Gardeners!!

We will be hosting our March Meet and Greet on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM in the Community Garden.   Please note the earlier start time due to predicted high temperature.  This may be our last Meet and Greet of the season unless April temps remain lower than expected.

We will have treats, coffee and lemonade and a short program.

Our program will be a Q & A on the Garden’s composting station and methods.  A local artist, Jan, will present the proposed design and samples of mosaic art for the Garden Wall Art Project.  Jan will start a list of those interested, families included!, in creating a mosaic tile to go on the wall.  This project is in the proposal stage as we are waiting for word on funding.

See you on Sat. March 26, 8:30 AM.

Tempe Garden Club Fundraiser

New Progress!

Check out the progress we have made on the garden as we continue to expand and build to fit the needs of our community!

Time to Fertilize

Hi Gardeners,

It is time to consider adding a fertilizer to your plot.  Each plot started with most nutrients required for good plant growth in the amended soil plus the addition of pelletized chicken manure.  As plants mature, the nutrients are depleted and will need periodic addition to your growing plants and flowers.

You can access the internet or ask your nursery for information on the best fertilizer to buy for the plants/flowers you are growing.  Read the labels for how often to fertilize and how to apply.  Some of us use liquid fertilizers which can be applied by mixing a prescribed amount of crystals into 1-Gallon of water.  Others prefer dry fertilizers which can be spread on the soil or dug slightly into the soil.

Some common fertilizers are:   SuperThrive, made from kelp;  Miracle Gro Plant Food;  Miracle Gro Bloom.  This is not a comprehensive list.

If you need help, ask our garden coordinator, Sean Hitch.

Happy Gardening!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to all our gardeners and friends.

Your Garden Management Team hopes that this time of year brings you happiness and the joy of the season in our beautiful garden.

We celebrate Garden Year Two, an accomplishment given all that has happened in our world these past two years.

2021 was a year of change and growth in the garden. While getting together in the garden this year was curtailed, many things were happening behind the scenes. 

Your Garden Management Team continued with monthly meetings by Zoom working with FVT management and Ryan Construction to grow the garden by twelve new raised bed plots. This project turned out to be larger than we anticipated. Ryan construction took care of the addition of new irrigation and procuring lumber for the plots and building the plots. 

The Garden Management Team took on the job of procuring new soil for the additional plots and for replenishing our original 55 plots. Soil procurement was a challenge.  We realized the soil used in year one was not of the quality we had expected, so we reached out to various sources both here in the valley and up in Show Low. Acquisition was slow due to struggles with getting truck drivers and ensuring the soil met our requirements. New soil was additionally amended with pelletized chicken manure. 

By far the biggest challenge we faced was the labor to remove all soil from existing beds, mix the various new soils and fertilizer using the Kubota tractor and then refilling all beds. After trying to find contractors to handle the soil, and not succeeding, the ground crew at FVT pitched in and unloaded and reloaded all of our plots.  We are very, very grateful to them.

At the same time, a new Communal inground planting bed was built. This is a bed for all to enjoy and use. To start it has been planted with a selection of plants with the hope that as times goes on volunteers will support the Communal bed with more planting and care. 

The new garden year kicked off with a Meet and Greet in early October and there have been several educational sessions held with all gardeners invited.

The large mural wall seen as you enter the garden from the east is ready for art. The Garden Management Team is inviting interested Artists to contact us so that you may be included in the Art in the Garden Committee who will solicit and approve mural proposals. Other forms of Art in the Garden would be wonderful, and we solicit your input for this as well. Also, a new sign for our garden is being manufactured and should be ready in January.

You may have noticed that the remaining wall sections have been re-stuccoed and will be painted in the next several weeks. A section of this part of the wall is also finished smoothly in order to be a second Art Wall.

As we continue to grow, we want to offer more social and educational activities in the garden. To that end two shade structures are in process.  A 12×14 shade structure adjacent to the rose garden has been designed and is waiting for Tempe planning approval. A second shade pavilion, 16×20 in size, is planned adjacent to the west shed in the middle of the garden. Preliminary design has been done and will be sent for architectural drawings. Following that we will have selected contractors bid on the project with completion possible before summer.

In spring 2022 we will be planting a small orchard to the east of the communal garden, probably 10-12 trees. Also, between the communal garden and the orchard, a meditation garden with an arbor and hummingbird/butterfly planting will be an additional area for all to linger in and enjoy.

The memorial rose garden has proved to be very popular. All roses in beds one and two have been sold. Additional roses will be available in bed three in January/February.

The garden is flourishing, tomatoes, kale, fall root vegetables, sunflowers, artichokes, salad vegetables and more are growing robustly. Gardeners and visitors are always out and about enjoying the beautiful growth and roses. It is truly a joy to be able to participate in our garden. 

If you would like to learn more about volunteer activities in the garden, or, want to plan and sponsor a garden event please contact the Garden Board through the website.

Wishing all of you and yours a very Happy New Year.

Garden Coordinator Hours

We would like to welcome Sean Hitch as our new garden coordinator. He will be present in the garden Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Stop by and ask him questions about your garden or for tips and tricks to get your plants growing big!

PVC Shade Structures

Our first education session was a success with 11 gardeners attending.  Each gardener received written instructions and diagrams of the building process and has the opportunity to help put a frame together in one of the plots. Stop by our garden to see the new shade structures going up each week!

Education and Meet and Greet Sessions

The Garden Team has separated our Educational sessions from our Meet and Greet sessions. Meet and Greet will be held the FOURTH Saturday of the month. Educational sessions will be held the SECOND Saturday of the month. This is an update from the previous Villager article. A Garden Calendar is going to be placed under the Community Garden button in Resident Apps.