Calling All Home Gardeners: Apply by May 21 to Be Featured at Our SECOND Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour!

Would you like to be featured in our second annual neighborhood garden tour? We need you! CONTACT US BY MAY 21 at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com to apply to be a featured tour stop.

 

On Sunday, August 19 from 2-5pm, the Keystone-Monon Community Garden will host our second annual garden tour highlighting the amazing, quirky, fun, and productive home gardens we have right here in our neighborhood!

Keystone-Monon Grows will be part neighborhood garden tour, part community gathering, part garden fundraiser, and ALL fun. The event will feature a bicycle tour (automobiles also allowed) of 3-4 different home gardens in the Keystone-Monon neighborhood, a tour of the community garden at Arsenal Park, and end at the demonstration gardens at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and evening at the fair.

Date and Time: Sunday, August 20, 2-5pm
Garden Location: All types of gardens are welcomed! Gardens must fall within the Keystone-Monon boundaries – 54th St. to the north, Keystone Ave. to the east, 38th St. and Fall Creek to the south, and the Monon Trail to the west.
Commitment: Each garden stop will feature a brief tour for attendees, including Q&A with the homeowner/gardener. This should be a fun conversation, all about your garden! All gardens should submit 3-5 photos and a brief bio about themselves and their gardens for use on our website and marketing materials.

To Apply: Send a brief statement of interest/email, your address, and 3-5 pictures of your garden space to kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com. We are looking for all types of gardens and all levels – our goal is to show anyone that a home garden is within their reach!

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I get by with a little help from my friends: Companion planting herbs

So many times, we fall into the trap of making an herb “section” of our garden and putting all the herbs together. We love this article we just stumbled across on companion planting herbs – or planting them alongside certain vegetable plants to yield a stronger, more productive garden.

When you companion plant with herbs, you can:

  • increase yields
  • repel pests
  • encourage pollination
  • provide shelter for beneficial insects

Learn how to use dill, marigolds, chives, basil, parsley, lavender, and rosemary for a stronger – and tastier – garden this summer:Companion Planting with Herbs for a More Robust Garden” by Chris Dalziel on Attainable Sustainable.

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Namaste, One Week from Today: Yoga in the Garden Returns

NEW THIS YEAR – yoga in the garden was so popular last summer that we’ve decided to host a weekly class starting Tuesday, May 1! Every Tuesday from May through August, we will be hosting our by-donation Yoga in the Garden class. Bring your yoga mat (if you have one – extras will be available) and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes that let you move. Pay what you are able, and ALL are welcome!

WHEN: Every Tuesday from May 1-August 28, 6-7pm
WHERE: Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park, 1400 E. 46th St., Indianapolis IN 46205

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: John-Payton Rowley is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer, Mentor, and Youth Development Coach. He started his career at the YMCA working with the youth leadership program. He received his teacher training through CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health which changed his life and gave him an invaluable deeper understanding and connection to the earth, our environment, and how we grow our food. He has a powerful intention to connect yoga and community gardens and to showcase the love and understanding of our community on a deep level. He is the resident yoga teacher at SoBeFit in South Broad Ripple and manifests human transformation, mind, body, and spirit.

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” — May Sarton

Six Days Away: Our Spring Seedling Sale and Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop!

The countdown to our Seedling Sale and Mother’s Day Pop-Up begins! This Saturday, April 28, we will have over 300 beautiful seedlings for your garden. All proceeds benefit the Keystone-Monon Community Garden, which is a completely volunteer-, donation-, and community-driven endeavor.

This year, we’re also featuring two of our garden friends’ amazing businesses to make this a one-stop shop for the mom or mom figure in your life. You’ll find beautiful seedlings, gardeners soap from Azure’s Secret Handmade Soap, locally roasted coffee from Limelight Coffee Roasters, crafts and gifts for the kids to put together for mom, and we’ll even have extra seeds on hand to give away.

DATE: Sat., 4/28 from 10am-noon

LOCATION: St. Paul’s On the Way, 803 Broad Ripple Ave. (Sale is on the second floor, and there is ample lot parking across the street from the Broad Ripple post office – and street parking, too).

Come say hi, and tell your friends! Thanks to St. Paul’s On The Way for hosting us in their beautiful Broad Ripple space and Whole Foods Market (Indianapolis – 86th St.) for their generous seed donation.

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Calling All Neighbors! Give Back to Your Favorite Neighborhood Community Garden, Sat., 4/14

T-minus 10 days until our spring cleanup day is here! Remember, YOU put the “community” in “community garden,” and we need your help.

This is the garden’s biggest work day of the year, and we are thrilled to partner this year with the Keystone Monon Neighborhood Association and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to give back to our entire neighborhood.

ACT TODAY: RSVP online, visit our Facebook event page, and share the flyer at your favorite neighborhood haunts or email it to friends!

WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, 4/14, 9am-noon at Arsenal Park (1400 E. 46th St).

WHAT TO BRING: All ages welcome; dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle, work or garden gloves, and shovels, pitchforks, rakes, and a wheelbarrow if you have them!
We are so grateful for your support! Help us make a HUGE difference in just a few hours.
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FREE SEEDS! Don’t Miss Our Spring Kickoff and Seed Giveaway on Weds., 2/21, 6:30-7:30pm

We are kicking off our THIRD growing season with our seed giveaway and season planning meeting! Meet your neighbors, help brainstorm events and education workshops we’ll host this summer, and get plenty of free seeds thanks to our friends at Whole Foods Market.

WHEN: Wednesday, 2/21/18, 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: ACE Preparatory Academy, 5326 Hillside Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

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MEETING DESCRIPTION: Each year, we spend our first meeting talking about all of the ideas everyone in our community has for the garden. Whether it’s social gatherings, yoga in the garden, educational workshop ideas – we base the garden’s activities around what our community would like to see. Come share your ideas!

We also have plenty of seeds to give away, generously donated by Whole Foods Market on 86th St., to get you started this spring. Even if you aren’t planning to join the community garden this year, don’t miss the free seeds for your home garden!

All are welcome, and no gardening experience is necessary – just a desire to build community, learn, grow, and have fun with your neighbors. You don’t need to be a resident of Keystone-Monon to join.

“Pretty Simple Cooking” – A New Cookbook to Inspire Your Seed Starting Plans (And the Authors Are Locals!)

Just as we begin dreaming up what seeds we’d like to start this spring, a brand new cookbook comes out that seems to be made for the gardening crowd – and it was created by Indy locals!

In “Pretty Simple Cooking,” Indianapolis residents Alex and Sonja Overhiser, the husband-and-wife dynamic duo also known as A Couple Cooks, have released a cookbook that is everything we are looking for. It features fresh, whole food ingredients; simple, accessible recipes; and page after page of gorgeous, mouth watering results.

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And we love supporting all in our local community who help put fresh food on our plates! 

Here are just a few recipes we can’t wait to try over here:

  • Balsamic Blueberry Breakfast Parfait
  • Baked Goat Cheese
  • Layered Mediterranean Hummus Platter
  • Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Curry
  • Santorini Bowls
  • Rainbow Soba Noodle Bowls
  • Smoky Red Lentil Stew

In summation: Get it. Got it? GOOD!

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