Later this month, I will be hosting a seminar for the Junior Garden Club at BELL Garden, a gathering of middle school students interested in horticulture and growing fresh food. I will be talking about the links between weather and urban agricultural and drawing in some Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields to explain how
Over the Thanksgiving weekend the Girl Scouts from Troop 833 added pine straw mulch to their project area. They wanted to soften the look of the area and were very pleased with the outcome. Our lead Scout for the bench plan, Charity Cook, worked on a wooden bench design. She found many DIY plans on
BELL Garden, with Matthew Traum of Engineer Inc., is working on a digital microscope for the Garden in collaboration with MouseCalls, which is donating a computer to the project. The microscope will allow us to image individual plant cells to identify and better mitigate plant illnesses, identify and differentiate between plant species, examine insects and
If you haven’t seen it already, the following is a link to a nice blog post written by Michael Meador of Lipscomb’s Sustainability M.S. program about his recent visit to BELL Garden: http://www.lipscomb.edu/sustainability/blog/blog/2016/10/27/what-happens-when-you-come-to-isp-events Matt Traum been working with Michael on BELL Garden’s various efforts to install handicap-accessible concrete paths at the Garden. Please check out
Many of you are aware of the practice of using cardboard and newspaper as organic mulch or an organic additive to your compost pile but did you know that shredded paper makes a great mulch around many of your vegetables. The purpose of mulch is threefold: to deter weed seed germination by preventing their exposure
In January the BELL Garden hosted its first community workshop of 2016 – Goat Milking and Cheese Making. The Noble family of Noble Springs Dairy http://www.noble-springs.com/ brought out two of their friendliest residents to help us out. Parents and children each had the opportunity to milk the goat, and most for the first time ever,
One of our favorite seasons at the BELL is blackberry season. You may have heard about it from your neighbors. We have scores of families arriving to pick their own blackberries often with the kids clutching their Halloween baskets ready to be filled with healthy summer treats. Blackberries may be the most well known biennial
This is a question I get asked a lot. A LOT! Here in Nashville we average approximately 50-52 inches of rain annually, using 52 inches a year makes the math easier – 1” per week. May is traditionally our wettest month with an average of 5.5”, followed by November with 4.3” and December with 4.2”.
By Nancy Murphy, BELL Garden Manager: If you have heard the terms “determinate” and “indeterminate” in regard to tomatoes, what does that mean? In general, an indeterminate tomato plant is one that will produce fruit (the edible tomato) over an extended period of time. This allows the gardener to harvest fresh tomatoes all season long.