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May 29 - See what's happening in our gardens
5/29/2014 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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 Live and Thrive

Working Community Garden Group

Weekly Newsletter

What's happening in the gardens:

  • It's exciting, it's busy, it's peak season.
  • 100's of tomatoes and many other crops have been or will be planted very soon.
  • Eight large gardens to work in.
  • 3 locations:  West Jordan, South Jordan, Holladay
  • Garden work and harvest distribution happening 6 days a week except Sunday.
  • No gardening in the afternoons due to the heat. ONLY mornings or evenings when it's cooler.
  • Spring crops are delicious and being harvested daily.
  • 70+ watermelon plants are growing in one of our gardens. 

Is it too late to join?  

What is the BEST WAY to hear the VERY latest and Stay In The Loop?

The very best way to stay in the loop while our garden season is in full swing - get my Text Messages!

Since things are happening so fast now, I can't update my online calendar or garden newsletter quick enough. We are working in our 9 gardens 6 days a week except Sunday (an agreement we have with the homeowners).

To keep you in the loop on a daily basis, sign up for our free Garden Text Messages, if you haven’t done so already. 

No worries if you don’t receive Text Messages.  See info below.

By receiving text messages, you'll hear the very latest on what's happening, which gardens we are working in, type of work to be done, type of food and harvest available, etc. 

FYI:  Food and harvest is distributed to ALL those who work in our gardens.  Always RSVP so we know how much to bring.

It’s easy to start receiving messages today.

Send me, Sheryl McGlochlin, a text at 801-278-5313. State your name and ask to receive Garden Text Messages from me. You’ll receive a confirmation text. 

When you receive messages from me to come and work and pick up harvest, ONLY respond IF you are able to come.  No need to respond if you can’t come. 

Once you have started working in our gardens, you will be placed on our VIP Text Message List which means you have a priority status and will be the first to hear what’s happening!

For those who don’t text

No worries!

Contact me either by phone or email to let me know WHEN you would like to work in our gardens.  If possible before contacting me, get familiar with the days and times of our group work sessions posted on my online garden calendar at  Pick a day and time from our current schedule. 

Once I know when you are coming, you may just show up each week at the scheduled time and day. Bring a cell phone, if possible, so if you don’t see us immediately you can find out which nearby garden we are in.  

If you can’t attend for a week or longer, no problem, just let me know.

If your schedule doesn’t match up at all with our scheduled group work sessions posted online, it’s not a problem. Contact me to work out a time that will fit your schedule the very best. I’m flexible. 

You have TWO basic garden areas to work in.  Choose one or help us in both if you like. Areas include:  1) Holladay  2) South & West Jordan

What we are currently growing or will be growing soon:  

  • Bush and Pole Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Herbs i.e. basil, chives, oregano, sage, mint, rosemary, anise, thyme, dill, cilantro, etc.
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spring Mix
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Collards
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Parsley
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Squash - Summer & Winter
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomato
  • Turnip
  • Watermelon & other melons

Our mission

  • help people learn how to grow food
  • help people learn how to work outside in our gardens
  • help people receive plenty of delicious produce grown from our gardens

Weekly Group Garden Session includes:

  • Work
  • Tours & Open Houses
  • Harvest, food, meals

We are a hands-on, working community garden group.  All ages and abilities are welcome with plenty of flexibility on when and where you can work. Garden experience and knowledge is helpful but not required. If you love being active and trying new things, enjoy working outdoors, want to be more self reliant, have a passion to learn valuable gardening skills, want to meet other healthy-minded people, have a positive attitude and enjoy variety, love to eat freshly picked harvest that you helped to grow... then you’ll fit in well with our group!  To get started, register online or in person now and start receiving full benefits today OR attend as a visitor a few times, if you prefer.  As a visitor, come and take a quick tour or come ready to work with us for all or part of our group work session. Work with others who have similar abilities, interests and passions. After attending a few times, registration is required.  Our nine gardens are located in Holladay, South Jordan and West Jordan.  Work in all of them or just the one(s) you like.  Contribute in a way that works best for you.  Elderly members, for example, have been some of our best workers!  They are able to move the work along as they sit on a chair and work in our gardens!  Being in a garden is very therapeutic and working in one is even better!  I hope you’ll join us! 

My email:

or text: 801-278-5313

Important Links: 

Garden Locations - PRINT

Garden Registration

Garden Calendar

10 things to know about our garden properties - PRINT

Garden Help Needed

Recommended Garden Textbook

Composting & Cleaning Up Your Garden

Become more Self Reliant

Where to find and purchase seeds

Video:  How I plant my Pea Garden

Planting the Seeds of Self Reliance

Online Garden Class

Peas - Our First Major Crop - Learn all about…

Be in the Loop - Receive Garden TEXT Messages

Those who receive text messages are many times the first to know details of what is needed and going on each week. Weekly emails are sent as well, which include additional information and of course check the garden schedule. To receive texts from me, please text me at 801-278-5313.  Leave your name and let me know you are a garden member who wants to receive text messages.

You will be amazed at how much just a few people can get done in less than an hour!