Important Message from Re-Establishing Roots

Important Message from Re-Establishing Roots

Knowing Jamie Oliver is under fire for joining forces with Bill Gates, his message is one that needs to be heard. Maybe he will have the ability to get through to the likes of Bill Gates, along with others, and teach him a thing or two about the direction we need to travel. Here is a video done in 2010…

Please watch…

 

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Re-Establishing Roots, Let’s get Started

My Intention is to turn Re-Establishing Roots, Inc into a Non-Profit. And I am getting tired of waiting! Let’s get Started…The rest will fall into place…

First up is my Donation Page. I just posted yesterday, November 1, Keep checking to see how I am doing. Fingers crossed.

Let's get started Re-Establishing Roots

Click the above image to go to the page. It gives details on our immediate needs. Donate, Share, Explore….

My Followers are few, but Friends are many…I do not know about you, but I am getting tired of waiting.

Let’s get this thing started.

Everything else will fall into place.

This is the first Draft for the first post for Re-Establishing Roots. It will fit nicely into one of our planned projects. We are all about the fix.

In order to find the fix, you need to identify the cause….

We are all about the cause.

Our Cause: Re-Establishing Roots for a Healthful Community through Gardening.

I am currently working on Planting Seeds to Sprout a few Community Gardens for Spring of 2015.

Let's get Started Re-Establishing Roots

This is Betsy & Me, disheveled at best…

Betsy heads up the Patton Project. A Garden Project in Patton Middle School. I had a personal tour, and I was Wowed! With the mission of Community Gardens in Perkiomen Valley, I will be presenting the idea within days of this post. At the very least, I am hoping for permission to start a Community Garden on school property. Hopefully we can rally support.

To view pictures of my visit click my nose, or anywhere else on the image.

I will continue to prepare for the launch of Re-Establishing Roots, asking for your support every now and then. Jump in where you can.

I am so excited!

Magic Touch & Her Barefoot Garden

The Barefoot Garden is the first Community Garden inspired by Re-Establishing Roots.

It is comprised of a Community of Friends.

Magic Touch & The Barefoot GardenCommunity Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, from neighbors sharing their crop, to a full fledged CSA, all the way to the Edible Forest, which provides food for all…

First up: Inspiration

The Barefoot Garden is the first Community Garden inspired by Re-Establishing Roots.

Re-Establishing Roots for a Healthful Community through Gardening.

Our Community is comprised of friends. We are pulling resources to produce nourishing food without using chemicals.

Planning:

Waiting for the snow to melt took the longest. Went out and measured the area, and there is enough room to install a Garden 21′ X 21′, 441 square feet of Garden. The Garden is in full Sun. Zone 6.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

Plotting:

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

Fencing:

Our fence will be a simple Kennel Fence supported by 4″ X 4″ fence posts with metal post placed midway along the sides. Tent pegs will further secure the fence to the ground.

Make sure you check with your Local Municipality for  permitting requirements.

In Pa we must notify Pa One Call.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…Marking the corners. Cut 4 pieces of string the length of your sides.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

Supplies: shovel, posthole digger, level, square, string, measuring tape, cement to secure post, and muscle (My son Michael provided the muscle.)

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

We chose Kennel Fence, 48″ high.

Soil:  Our choice will be to add Mushroom Soil and Peat Moss. We will till the area, add the compost and re till. We will be using Composting holes throughout the Garden to provide ongoing Nourishment.  Plants:  We will be planting Veggies, Herbs, and Flowers. A Garden for all Seasons.  Harvest:  Harvesting will be done along the way as the plants  Magic Touch will be doing a Veggie Garden in 2014 for the first time ever...Planning is the key. I have gathered together friends who will be helping with The Barefoot Garden. In turn, they will be getting Tomatoes!  And then we need to clear up those Gardening tips which only add to the confusion of The Novice Gardener...Like myself...  Check out Gardening Wives' Tales for more info...We will be re-purposing an old door for the gate. Check out the DIY Garden Gate, The Barefoot Garden

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

Mike Brown playing Amazing Grace in a mini-dedication ceremony…

Time to start working the soil…..

For details on Amending the Soil

The Barefoot Garden, Amending the Soil

The Barefoot Garden is the first Community Garden inspired by Re-Establishing Roots.

It is comprised of a Community of Friends.

Magic Touch & The Barefoot GardenCommunity Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, from neighbors sharing their crop, to a full fledged CSA, all the way to the Edible Forest, which provides food for all…

 

Starting with a blank slate

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

Putting it down on paper

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

Removing sodThe Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…Cut the sod with a shovel. I cut every 6″ loosening it along the way. After I had each plot done I then removed the sod.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…The sod along with the soil was piled up outside the garden.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

Plots are done.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…As you see, we have clay, red clay on top of red shale.

Our delivery has arrived

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…Delphi Supply is our local hardware store.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…3 cubic yards of Mushroom Soil and 3 bales of Peat Moss.

Once you determine the square footage, you can use a Landscape Calculator to determine how much product you will need.

PH matters. The mix I have chosen should provide a neutral PH. I will be getting the soil tested to ensure the PH.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

We will be using Composting holes throughout the Garden to provide ongoing Nourishment..

 Magic Touch & Her Compost Holes provides the details.

Now it is time to get to work…

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…

For the 4X 4 plot, I added 10 gallons of mushroom soil and peat mixed, 2/3 to 1/3. Turned over 8″ of soil.

The Barefoot Garden, planning, plotting and execution. A Community Garden of Friends…Top dressed with mushroom soil and peat, 3/4 to 1/4.

And there you have it…

We are ready to plant…Onions first….

Earth Day

#EarthDayProjects with The Garden Charmers...Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Earth Day is Celebrated on April 22 every year since it’s inception in 1970.

First presented by  peace activist John McConnell to honor the Earth, quickly became a day  to promote Earthy things.

Earth Day Network coordinates Earth Day globally.

The name was created by  Gaylord Nelson , who happens to have a birthday on Earth Day…And so does my son Michael! Happy Birthday Michael!

My son, and a whole lot of friends are working on a great project. Re-Establishing Roots. We have just started the process, the first of the  paperwork is filed.

Re-Establishing Roots for a Healthful Community through Gardening.

One of our goals is to inspire Community Gardens.

The Barefoot Garden will be the first. Along with my Community of friends, we will be putting in a 625 sq ft Garden in my backyard. We are still in the planning stages. And boy do we have plans.

My son Michael will be helping with the fence. I will be getting the soil amendments next and will be adding them to the existing soil.

Delphi Supply, our local Hardware Store, will be providing us with Mushroom Soil and Peat Moss.

That, along with Compost holes, will provide the nourishment needed for  The Barefoot Garden to thrive.

Compost Holes are easy with this step-by-step DIY…Magic Touch & Her Compost Holes

The Barefoot Garden Compost Holes Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Dig a hole 12″ deep, throw in Kitchen Scraps as well as “brown” material, return the dirt to the hole and allow Nature to work for you. This is best done in the Fall to have the decomposition ready for your Spring planting, but we will be doing it through out the season. Re-Establishing the soil…

The planning and plotting is still in the works….I will be keeping a Journal of Our Journey….Earth Day, Magic Touch & Her Gardens, The Barefoot Garden

Click here to follow The Barefoot Garden on Facebook…

A hugh Thank You goes out to my Community!

Plant a Garden, and don’t forget to plant an extra row for your local Food Pantry. Ours is Jerusalem Lutheran Food Pantry located in Schwenksville….

Earth Day Projects With The Garden Charmers