I am working on a really neat project right now that I am excited about.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Latricia Johnston, Director of HVCH Foundation and Community Relations for the Hocking Valley Community Hospital about helping them design a project to celebrate their upcoming 50th anniversary. They have an event upcoming and wanted to show off the hospital which they are rightfully proud of. We bounced some ideas on the phone to come up with something cool.
They have a really neat courtyard in the middle of the hospital.
The plan is to plant a container vegetable and herb garden with 5 different stations of containers that will be used as a display of healthy produce with a collaboration from HVCH Nutrition and Food Services. The timeline was to have this done by the end of September. That was not a ton of time to get a veggie garden fully planted, but with some awesome donations from Rick Webb of Webb’s Perennials and two runs to get dirt in my truck I got the herbs, tomatoes, and peppers in. More veggies will follow in late summer.
The garden is coming along nicely and should make a great display for their 50th anniversary event. I wish it would rain so the Master Gardener Volunteers and myself did not have to make so many watering trips but what can you do about that? I will be teaching a class on container gardening in concert with Denise Kiamy, Director of Nutrition and Food Services in September. Info is below courtesy of the HVCH weekly newsletter. It is free and open to the public and will showcase how anyone can have a garden even if you do not have a yard.
Gardening class at HVCH Sept. 7
Hocking Valley Community Hospital in partnership with Ohio State University Extension presents: Successful Strategies & Healthful Benefits for Growing Herbs and Vegetables in Containers.
Growing in containers can let the home gardener have a successful gardening season even if they have limited space and time. Come learn the basics of container gardening with a presentation as well as hands-on display of a container herb and vegetable garden. Gardeners of all skill levels are welcome to attend this free class taught by Tim McDermott, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Ohio State Extension.
Denise Kiamy, Director of Nutrition & Food Services will share the nutritional benefits of eating the fruits of your own labor! Join our guest speakers in the HVCH Courtyard on Wednesday, September 7th at 6 p.m. Please call 740-380-8336 to register for this FREE event. Limited seating is available. Snacks to be served made from the container produce.