Sign up to Plant Vegetable Seedlings in a Self-Watering Container this Wednesday

earthbox with peas and radish in Edibe Garden

Edible Garden EarthBox with Peas and Radish planted on May 1st by the kids in Religious School

Inch by Inch. Row by Row.
Come Help The Garden Grow!

Wednesday, June 1 – 6-8 p.m. – Deaktor Terrace/Lawn
The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom

 Sign up to plant vegetable seedlings in a self-watering container.

There are a limited number of containers, so reserve yours today! Pizza dinner
and deserts provided. Please bring a fruit or vegetable side dish to
share with 6-8 people. Make fun garden art. Sing and learn blessings for
the garden. Take a tour of the Biblical Botanical Garden, open from 7-9p.m.
This event is for everyone, and it’s fully accessible. Sign up to
plant as a family, couple, or single. RSVP to JoAnn: 412.621.6566 or 
ruffing@rodefshalom.org.

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Time to Plant the Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom and the 25th Season of the Biblical Botanical Garden

Inch by Inch. Row by Row.
Come Help The Garden Grow!

Wednesday, June 1 – 6-8 p.m. – Deaktor Terrace/Lawn
The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom

 Sign up to plant vegetable seedlings in a self-watering container.

There are a limited number of containers, so reserve yours today! Pizza dinner
and deserts provided. Please bring a fruit or vegetable side dish to
share with 6-8 people. Make fun garden art. Sing and learn blessings for
the garden. Take a tour of the Biblical Botanical Garden, open from 7-9p.m.
This event is for everyone, and it’s fully accessible. Sign up to
plant as a family, couple, or single. RSVP to JoAnn: 412.621.6566 or ruffing@rodefshalom.org.

Biblical Botanical Garden Opening
Summer 2011, Our 25th Season
“Eat, Drink, & Be Merry: Wine & Food in the Ancient World”

Wednesday, June 1
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday (June-August): 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 1 p.m.

 Visit ancient Israel in a setting of a cascading waterfall, a desert, and a bubbling stream, the Jordan. Plants are displayed among replicas of ancient farming tools. Dedicated hostesses and docents, directed by our talented horticulturist, Irene Jacob, welcome thousands of visitors each summer. Open to all. Free. Accessible. Group tours for eight or more.

 P.S. Mark your calendar for our Garden Anniversary Shabbat Service on Friday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m.

The Kids are in the Garden! Seed, Grow and Learn in the Edible Garden

Kids from 2-4 years old in the Rodef Shalom Preschool have planted seeds and are tending to them under the grow light until they are ready to be planted outdoors in the Edible Garden.

kids looking at seedlings growing in grow light

Seedlings growing under the grow light at Rodef Shalom Preschool

 

According to the teachers at Rodef Shalom Preschool,

When a child is involved in a gardening activity such as planting seeds, there are many concepts to explore, discover, and learn. The children explore math skills. They are exposed to literacy through stories about gardening. They learn social skills by working with other children and learning to care for and nurture a living thing. Through gardening, plants grow and children grow too.

Planting the seeds for the Edible Garden

Step 1: plant the seeds

Watering seeds in The Rodef Shalom Preschool

Step 2: water the seeds


Seedlings planted by kids in Rodef Shalom Preschool

Step 3: tend to seedlings under the grow light

 

Lettuce growing in Rodef Shalom Preschool

Time to make salad!

 

Vegetable Gardening Books for Kids

With The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom under way, the Glick Children’s Library offers many books to enhance your learning.  

Here are some recommendations from Libriarian Anne Molloy highlighted in the current issue of the Rodef Shalom Hakasher:

The Carrot and the Seed by Ruth Krauss The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.
A young boy plants and cares for a single carrot seed with surprising results.

The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei and Tolstoy

The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey.
Retelling a traditional Russian tale. A husband and wife enlist the help of their animal friends to harvest the gigantic turnip.

Inch by Inch: the Garden Song by David Mallett

Inch by Inch: the Garden Song by David Mallett.
The words and music of the title song are simply and boldly illustrated by Ora Eitan.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming.
Mr. McGreelyis challenged to find a way to keep three hungry bunnies out of his garden.

Our Community Garden by Barbara Pollak

Our Community Garden by Barbara Pollak.
A multicultural group of gardeners plant, tend, and harvest a garden, concluding with a festive meal.

A Prayer for the Earth: the Story of Naamah, Noah’s Wife by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
A Prayer for the Earth: the Story of Naamah, Noah’s Wife by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
As Noah gathers animals for the ark, his wife gathers seeds of all living things to repopulate the plants after the flood.


Pumpkin Circle: the Story of a Garden by George Levenson

Pumpkin Circle: the Story of a Garden by George Levenson.
The cycle of the pumpkin from seed to fruit and back to seed is explained.

Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres
Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres.
Local, award-winning author explores garden plants in rhyme with whimsical illustrations by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

 For the kids that want to cook what they grow, here are a few cookbooks:
Grow It Cook It by Jill BloomfieldThe Farmer's Market Cookbook: Seasonal Dishes Made from Nature's Freshest Ingredients by Richard RubenFresh from the Farmers' Market: Year-Round Recipes for the Pick of the Crop by Janet Fletcher

City of Pittsburgh Yard Debris Special Collection

A friend just reminded me….The City of Pittsburgh will pick up yard debris this Saturday morning, May 21st. The debris needs to be placed in paper bags at your normal recycling pickup site on the evening of Friday, May 20th.

For more information, check out the City of Pittsburgh website here: Yard debris pick-up information.

The City does accept:

  • Leaves
  • Grass
  • Plants
  • Tree Trimmings
  • Branches
  • Shrubs – loose or placed in paper bags (no plastic bags accepted)

The City does not accept:

  • Stones
  • Dirt
  • Rocks
  • Manure
  • Garbage
  • Lumber or food waste
  • (Stones, dirt, rocks also not collected at curb side)

Please participate and send your yard waste to compost, not to the landfill!

Container Gardening Ideas – Try a Self Watering Container!

If your garden plan includes growing fruits and vegetables in containers, try a self-watering container. The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom is using self-watering containers to take the guesswork out of watering and allow us to water the garden less frequently. On Sunday May 1st, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students of the Jacob Religious School planted frost tolerant seeds in the first 2 of our 16 EarthBoxes.  


kids gardening in EarthBox self watering container

2nd Grade students assemble the EarthBox self-watering container

Self-watering containers can be purchased from a number of places or you can make your own.

Jacob Religious School Students planting in self watering container

Add soil, dolomite and fertilizer to the EarthBox

 

Kids put cover on self watering planter

A cover is used to stop weeds and protect from rain and drought

The cover is one of the secrets of the EarthBox gardening success!   After the cover is on, holes are cut and seeds or seedlings are planted.  It is too early to plant most of our fruits and veggies so we planted frost resistant seeds; peas, carrots and radishes.  One week later……..

Peas and radish sprouts planted by the children

Peas and radish planted one week ago

There are many important advantages to using a self-watering container:

  1. a reservoir of water is held in the bottom of the container so you will water less often
  2. the reservoir of water allows the plants to soak up water through the roots as needed 
  3. the plants benefit from deep watering without washing away the expensive fertilizer
  4. the prevention root rot
  5. the yield in your garden is increased

According to the EarthBox website,

Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden…with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort!

Want to learn more about growing fresh food in containers?

  • Come to one or all of the Free Vegetable Garden Workshops in Pittsburgh at Rodef Shalom Congregation! Click here for dates and times.
  • Josho.com has instructions to build your own self watering container.
  • These books have helpful step-by-step instructions for container gardening:

Amazon Book link to Garden AnywhereAmazon Book link to Incredible Vegetables