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May 29 - See what's happening in our gardens

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 29, 2014

 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 liveandthrive.com.  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: sheryl@liveandthrive.com

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!

FREE Dinner Tonight! Wed. June 12, Summer Salads & Planting 70 Watermelons

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

11131 So. 2865 W., South Jordan, UT

Walk around to the backyard, open the small gate to enter garden area.


We have 70 watermelon plants to plant in this garden which can easily be done in an evening with a little help.  PLUS we have been growing, since February, SO much assorted, freshly picked, straight from our gardens, dark green leafy lettuce, spinach and peas that I would LOVE to give away tonight in exchange for some help.

I'll have an assortment of dressings for you to choose from i.e. Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavors with a variety of Balsamic Vinegar to add to your salad.

If you remember, bring a BIG salad bowl and fork for an extra large salad for you to enjoy!

Build your salad the way you like.

I'll provide some toppings as well.

As another token of my appreciation for helping me plant all of these crops, I'll give you a big bag of fresh garden tossed salad AND a bag of freshly picked peas to take home with you afterward!

This is a chance to eat super freshly picked food while getting better acquainted with our large garden properties.  If you like what you see and decide to join our Garden Group, you'll start receiving this type of treatment on a weekly basis for several months to come!!

Come only if you aren't afraid of fresh garden produce and are willing to help us with an hour or so of easy garden work!

Come and help us feed those who attend!  Any help is greatly appreciated!

No experience or education required or necessary.

Bring garden gloves or I'll have an extra pair.  I don't wear any gloves, so it's your choice.

I'll be working with you.

Just come as a willing able body for 60 - 90 minutes!

RSVP Please so I know how much to bring!

41 Different Early Spring Crops recently planted (in February & March)

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Early Frost Peas
  • Green Arrow Peas
  • Little Marvel Peas
  • Rainbow Carrots
  • Purple Carrots
  • Arugela
  • Mesclun Mixed Salad Greens
  • Swiss Chard Bright Lights
  • Cilantro Coriander
  • Swiss Chard Lucullus
  • Lettuce Buttercrunch
  • Kohlrabi Purple Vienna
  • Leeks
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Green Lettuce Leaf
  • Turnips
  • Cabbage
  • Okra
  • Collards
  • Utah Yellow Sweet Onions
  • Radishes
  • Mustard Greens
  • "Easter Egg" Radishes
  • Italian Red Torpedo Onions
  • Red Leafy Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Parsnips
  • Kohlrabi - Regular
  • Spinach
  • Valencia Onions
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Rhubarb Chard
  • Cauliflower
  • Tokyo White Onions
  • Oak Leaf Lettuce
  • Walla Walla Onions
  • Black Seed Lettuce
  • and more...

Crops that are currently growing from last year:

  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Iris (flower)
  • Strawberries
  • Chives
  • Onions
  • Rhubarb

Online Garden Class - presented March 5, 2012

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, March 06, 2012



This is a one-hour Garden Class I presented in my Greenhouse that was published nationwide

4 key ingredients every plant needs in order to grow and be successful

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, February 16, 2012

  • Water

  • Air

  • Nutrients

  • Sun

Where to find and purchase seeds online?

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, February 16, 2012























http://www.gemplers.com/ - a leading source for outdoor work supplies




How to know which crop to plant and when...

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, February 06, 2012

This website is an excellent guide for those living here in Northern Utah, who want to know WHEN to plant certain crops.

This will give you an idea of what we are planting in our gardens throughout the year.

In our Holladay greenhouse garden, we can plant most of these crops a month earlier in most cases, because of our fantastic high tunnel cold frame greenhouse.



Garden Update, Tuesday, May 31

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, June 02, 2011
On the

South side of the Greenhouse, Holladay A Garden,

a couple of good crews worked very hard to prepare a large section of soil from my neighbor's yard.  There is a lot of sand in this area, which is great, since we will be planting potatoes, since they love sandy soil!

Garden Textbook, the book to buy and study as we grow our food

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 21 assignment:

Buy this book and read the following chapters:  Why Garden?, Make It Practical, Soil Types, Improving the Soil.  This is what we've been spending a lot of time on so far this year - from Jan. until now. Besides offering "hands on" experience with growing our own food, please read these chapters to understand what is needed to be successful in growing food in Utah.


Successful Home Gardening, 2nd edition, Basic Principles and Practical Gardening Methods, by E. Gordon Wells, Jr.  Cost:  $11.99 (I bought mine at Costco, 5300 So. State Street, Murray)

What we have accomplished, March 20 - April 20, 2011

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, April 21, 2011


Several people have been sifting out very rich soil from the 4 compost bins at Holladay A Garden the past week.  This is an ongoing chore that needs to be done for another week at least.  If you like standing up and playing in the soil, you'll enjoy this job.



The entire high tunnel greenhouse is now ALL planted with a large variety of lettuce, spinach, kale and Swiss chard!  Think of this as a "1200 square foot bowl of Tossed Salad"!  We will be enjoying an abundance of fresh, home grown dark green leafy salads starting in May!

Garden Headquarters:

Holladay A Garden, my backyard garden, is finally starting to look beautiful again!  Over the past 6 months, it looked like a war zone. We dug a 3 ft. trench through the backyard to install the micro irrigation drip line system from the house to the greenhouse. Then in March, 2 large 60 ft. elm trees were cut down and dragged around the lawn.  Those who come to our garden now will now see a very different, much improved scene, thanks to many garden members!

Major cleanup: 

Last Saturday in South Jordan B, 3300 So. B and our West Jordan Garden we had a GREAT turnout to accomplish the very large task of cleaning up properties and getting them ready to plant!  Thank you SO much to everyone who participated!



It's been a challenge to get some of our gardens tilled with all of the rain but Riverton is finally tilled, along with Taylorsville.  South Jordan B should be getting tilled this week.


Planting Seedlings: 

About a month ago we planted lots of seeds: collard, spinach and mustard greens in little organic newspaper cups that so many have helped us make.  They are getting big and are ready to be planted in our other gardens this weekend!  I'll need a lot of help with this fun chore. Approx. 40 plants will be placed in nearly each garden.


Wood Pile:

Our huge pile of logs from two 60 ft. trees is under control now.  We've been splitting wood and getting it stacked neatly on the side of our home.  We trade a bunch of this wood for peaches in the summer. 


West Jordan Festival:

Our booth is designed and ready to go for the West Jordan Festival, Sat. April 30th.  We have a slide show of our gardens playing on a TV for people to look at.  Join us at this event, tell your friends to come and learn more about our group or if you like, help us hand out fliers at the festival.  Details will be posted on my website calendar soon.

Spring produce:

Growing really well outside the greenhouse are rhubarb, onions, garlic, spinach, carrots, strawberries, herbs i.e. oregano, sage, chives and especially LOTS of Sugar Snap Peas! These are not quite ready to harvest yet but you'll hear about it when they are! 


Multiple garden properties: 

We are now up to 12 properties!  Home owners are handing us property and water rights faster than ever before.  These are all beautiful garden areas all over the Salt Lake valley. During the next few months, I hope you'll try and visit all of them, if not work in them with us.  Six properties on the west side of SL valley and 6 on the east.  The west side has larger gardens than the east side, but every property is worth a lot to us!  I'll update info on any new properties soon on our member's only page.


New Tracking System for working members:

This system will help us a lot.  Click here to view it:

1)  Identify who is actively working in our gardens
2)  Get better acquainted with each garden member
3)  Promote members to leadership roles who are found through this tracking method
4)  Reward active garden members with more produce and baked goods.
5)  Motivate more gardens members to come and work.
6)  Prove what a strong support team members have to work with. 
7)  Become more efficient leaders by analyzing which gardens need more attention.

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