Seed Swap Event Hosted by Texas Worm Ranch

twrHere is a great opportunity to meet up with the gardeners you have been interacting with in cyberspace and trade seeds in the process.
Date:  Sunday, January 18th
Time:  Come and Go, between 1-3pm
Location:  Texas Worm Ranch
Address:  2636 National Circle, Garland, TX 75041
Info:  Bring plants or seeds to swap with members of North Texas Vegetable Gardeners Forum and Facebook Group.  Get to know other gardeners and share tips.
Optional:  Pre-register for seed starting class hosted by Texas Worm Ranch from 3-4:30 pm.  $20–participants will learn how to successfully start new seeds for optimal health and success.  Class will make a flat of organically started spring seeds to take home and will also get bag of organic seed starting mix to transfer growing seedlings or start new seeds.  (pre-register on the Texas Worm Ranch website)
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NTVG Facebook Group Reaches 10,000 Members

Screenshot from 2014-07-19 10:57:22 The NTVG Facebook Group reached the milestone of 10,000 members today!

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Seed Swap – January 25, 2014 – Mansfield

Free Event:  Bring your seeds for swapping

Where:  Community of Hope, 1800 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield, TX

When: Saturday, January 25, 2-4 PM


Be prepared for your spring gardens with a variety of seeds!  Let’s exchange, save on cost, and pick up valuable tips from other people’s garden experiences.  Snacks, Prizes, Fun!


Community of Hope UMC has a community garden.  This is a perfect setting for our MeetUp.  It is time to ready for Spring Planting.  Seeds are expensive and usually packaged more than what we require for our home gardens.  So let’s share and swap! Continue reading

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Start Planting a Spring Garden

Garden for Vegetables

Planting a vegetable garden in your yard is a sustainable and affordable way to provide food for your family. If you’re thinking about creating a vegetable garden this spring, follow these tips on how to get started, what to grow and how to make it thrive. It’s best to start planning in the fall so you have ground that’s easy to work with in the spring, but if your spring garden is more of a whim, that’s OK! There are ways to start a vegetable garden from scratch in the spring.

Fall preparation for planting a vegetable garden
When you’re thinking about starting a vegetable garden, fall planning can help make creating your spring garden easier. After you’re finished mowing the lawn in the fall, lay down news print and cardboard on the plot where your spring garden will be. This is an effective, safe and environmentally friendly way to kill the grass so it doesn’t creep back up in your vegetable garden.

Winter planning for your spring vegetable garden Continue reading

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How to Start a Neighborhood Garden

Community Gardening

Community gardens are a great way to get outside and work the earth with your neighbors. They also present the opportunity to give back by donating the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor to the local food pantry. If you’re thinking about starting a neighborhood garden, follow these tips on what site to choose, how to get approval, and how to prepare the land when planting a vegetable garden.

Choosing a site for your community garden
When you’re looking for a location for your neighborhood garden, it’s best to choose a site with six hours of direct sunlight or more near water and accessible to everyone who will be helping out. Ideally you want Loam soil, though you can add compost to adjust the consistency if needed. You’ll also want to find out the history of the land and have the soil quality tested to be sure it’s safe for planting. Your local extension office can help with this.

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