Friday, July 25, 2014

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary....

... How does your garden grow?
with weed fabric, and chat gravel,
and pretty raised beds all in a row.

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New Raised Beds on Gravel

[HOH] Harvest of Hope Garden (picture taken from inside garden facing southeast towards expansion)
Above, you can see how the Harvest of Hope Garden (recently expanded to the east), now has weed fabric added, chat/gravel, and new raised beds. More fabric and gravel will be added to cover grass area (future).

The Shed

Below is a picture of how the shed looks now, before it is expanded to double the size (future construction). HOH gardeners say that the shed expansion can be done for under $300 !!  This shed currently stores tools, supplies, a wheelbarrow, etc.  With the HOH Garden expansion this past year and continuous raised bed constructions, the shed is well overdue for enlargement as well to support the efforts of the gardeners.

Lumber sits (to the right of the shed) where the shed will be expanded.
Weigh Station is on left, partially shown.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for a few upcoming events:

  • Planting Fall Vegetables CLASS:  Aug. 23rd. at 9:00 am at HOH.  What to plant and 'how to' will be discussed.
  • Kingsport Pepper Fest to be held at the Farmer's Market downtown on Saturday, September 13th from 9-4pm.  The Farmers Market is located at the corner of Clinchfield and Center Streets, near the new Food City.
  • Fall/Winter CLEANUP will be Oct. 18th. at 10:00 am.


Enjoy these recent pictures, taken from left to right, of the Harvest of Hope Garden. With all of these wonderful improvements to the garden and over five-hundred (500) pounds of produce harvested so far this season, one could say that "... your HOH Garden grows quite well, Mary!"

Happy Gardening :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Recent Harvest, Mini-Maker Faire, etc

Below are photos from yesterday's harvest at Harvest of Hope Community Garden..... a whole wheelbarrow full!

Photo was taken just before produce was transported to Kitchen of Hope and St. Paul's Food Pantry, just two of the many local charities supported by Harvest of Hope produce.  Learn more about the Feed Kingsport at  So far, over three hundred (300) pounds of produce have been harvested from Harvest of Hope so far this season.

Todays' Harvest in pounds (#) each:
Cucumber (18#), Onion (6#), Cabbage (6#), Potatoes (38#), Squash (4#),  and Beans (2#)

1st Cauliflower this season

New pathway and step to shed; keeps mud out :)

New raised bed for:  future Rasberries, Blackberries, etc.

1st Corn of the season

YMCA volunteers hard at work

HOH Master Gardeners harvesting crops

More YMCA Volunteers

On a side note, the Harvest of Hope Community Garden will have a booth at the:

Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire,
Sunday, July 13th from 1-6pm

Learn more about community gardening, hear about the upcoming Pepper Festival that HOH is organizing, and more!  See Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire for more info on the Faire.

Happy 4th and Happy Gardening!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cucumber Salsa Recipe

With summer in full swing, it's time to put those fresh veggies to good use.  Here's a recipe you're sure to enjoy.


2-3 Tbsp     reduced fat sour cream
1/2             garlic, minced
1/2 tsp        lemon juice
1 tsp           lime juice
Dash           cumin
Dash           sea salt

1 cup          seedless cucumbers, chopped
1/4 cup       tomatoes, seeded, chopped
2 Tbsp        sweet onions, chopped (variation: use green onion)
1 Tbsp        parsley, finely chopped
1/3 to 1/2    jalapeno, seeded, and minced
                   (adjust amt to your heat tolerance)
2 tsp           cilantro, minced

(note: use fresh herbs when possible)


Combine sour cream, garlic, juices, cumin and salt in medium sized glass bowl.  Add remaining ingredients (vegetables, herb, hot pepper) just mixing lightly. Serve with baked pita chips (suggest Stacy's brand) or baked.corn tortilla scoops (suggest Tostitos brand).

Makes approximately six(6) 1/4cup servings
Calories:  approximately 14 calories per serving (not including chip calories)

Recipe submitted by HOH volunteer gardener

Happy Gardening and Cooking, too :)

Good Things Come in Small Packages: Storage Boxes

Good things do indeed come in small packages, or containers... as shown below.  Volunteer gardeners -- also handy with carpentry -- have been busy at work making storage boxes to hold:  Weigh Scale Forms and Storage Bags.  These red boxes were recently built and installed on/in the new Weigh Station Shed.  See Weigh Station Ahead post for more photos.

weigh scale record forms box
"Record Forms" Storage Container, complete with pencils.  Note the left holds the blank forms, and the right side holds the completed forms.

Storage Container for plastic bags
Storage Container for Plastic Bags

Again, bags container shown on front of shed.

On a gardening note, the community garden is booming with produce like this zucchini

Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Y HYPE Teen Camp Partners with HOH

YMCA Hype Teen Camp and Harvest of Hope Community Garden

On May 29th, the Kingsport YMCA 'HYPE Teen Camp' visited the Harvest of Hope Community Garden.  The teens' service work included: weeding, digging, moving soil, and generally making the garden a welcoming place for all.  There certainly was a lot of service, leadership, and learning, but most of all they look like they just had fun!

Thank you Y Hype Teen Camp for all your efforts and making HOH Gardens beautiful !!

Here are some more photos :)

Y Hype Teen Camp
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Y Hype Teen Camp