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.

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

Vegetable Gardening 101 and Container Gardening Workshops

Vegetable Gardening 101 and Container Gardening Workshops –

We need your ideas!

Square Foot Garden

Square Foot Vegetable Garden

Want to grow vegetables? Trying to avoid repeating a previous veggie disaster?  Learn the basics using Square Foot Vegetable Gardening in a 4 by 4 foot space.

No Backyard? Learn to grow vegetables in pots on your balcony, deck or steps.  Learn about all kinds of containers, including how to make and use a Self Watering Container.

Local Master Gardeners are coming to Rodef Shalom Congregation to share gardening expertise with you!

  • Doug Oster, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Backyard Gardener.
  • Nancy Knauss, a consumer horticulture educator at the Penn State Cooperative Extension.
  • Carol Brand, a retired Pediatrician and gardening educator. 

Ideas Wanted!

What workshops or programs would you attend?  The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom needs your suggestions for topics related to gardening, permaculture, healthy and sustainable food choices, cooking, etc.

Please post your ideas here in the comments section!  

Save the dates!

  • Monday, May 23rd 7pm- Carol Brand, Vegetable Gardening 101
  • Saturday, June 4th 5:30pm- Carol Brand, Container Gardening
  • Friday, June 10th 6pm- Doug Oster (Topic needed!)
  • Monday, June 27th- Nancy Knauss (Topic needed!)

All are welcome!  Sponsored by Life Long Jewish Learning at Rodef Shalom Congregation.

What Everybody Ought to Know About The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom Blog

Introducing the one, the only, the blog you have been waiting for…..

Welcome to the Rodef Shalom Edible Garden Blog!!!!

What, you say you haven’t heard of us and you have no idea what an Edible Garden is, are you kidding? I thought for sure everyone knew, alright here it is from the beginning.

A very civic minded member of Rodef Shalom Congregation applied for, and Rodef Shalom Congregation was awarded, a grant from the Union of Reform Judaism to create and build an edible garden. The garden will be planted in containers on the property of Rodef Shalom Synagogue in Shadyside. Plantings will include edible plants, fruits and nuts.

The garden’s goal is to provide a Jewish educational program for preschool children, religious school children and interested congregants as part of a Life Long Learning Program. Additionally, it will aim to highlight the Jewish value of healthy and sustainable food choices and to strengthen the traditional Jewish connection between food and social responsibility.

The containers have been purchased, the plants selected, we await the official arrival of spring so that we can get planting!! Check back with us often, we will provide updates regarding planting dates and pictures! Better yet, subscribe to the blog and receive new posts in your email.

Comments are welcome, remember we are a family blog, the only dirt we want here is well, the real stuff !!