We at Ekah want our gardens to be a community space where people can (distantly) gather, harvest some veggies and herbs, and spend some solo outdoor time in the dirt. Our gardens are open to all, passerby and Ekah yogis alike. Want to help out in the garden? Join us at a Group Garden day!
If we haven’t met yet, my name is Isabelle, the volunteer coordinator for Ekah’s gardens! Our spiral herb and butterfly gardens are coming along beautifully this spring, but could use some extra love as we move into the summer!
The Ekah gardens are a community space for learning, collaboration, and meditation. To facilitate that, I will be holding Group Garden days every other Sunday.
During Group Garden days, we show first-timers the ropes, get some big projects accomplished, and share skill and ideas for bettering the garden. Stop by the next session: Sunday, July 26th from 3-5pm.
Our current craft project is a sign for the garden, made from a repurposed wooden pallet. We applied a base coat-- a beautiful rainbow to remember and continue to reflect on the Seven Colors of Change campaign, and to celebrate LGBTQIA+ pride this June. We have begun writing some messages (see update below) but we could use more ideas— what do you think belongs on our garden sign? Do you have a favorite quote or phrase that encapsulates inclusion, growth, and community?
Along with weeding and pruning comes harvesting -- you get to take home some of the wonderful herbs and veggies from the garden. Coriander seeds from the cilantro plants will be ready, and we always have plenty of kale and rosemary.
If you are able to stop by, make sure to bring some water, sunscreen, and a mask. Want to get into the dirt but this time on Sunday's doesn't work for you? Let me know and we can work something out!
Hoping to see you there!
Thanks to a collaborative brainstorm and artistic effort, our Community Garden Sign is coming along beautifully! We aim to outline our hopes and expectations for the space -- openness, sharing, and compassion.
We still have two open spaces for inspiration so send over your ideas!
It's exciting to see some action on our tomato plants-- stop by to watch their journey of growth. Some delicious salsa and sauces are in our future!
There's always something fun and aromatic to take home! Pictured here is kale, mugwort, lavender, and dill flower.
Our newly installed tool box is now being stocked with shovels, gloves, and other equipment. We hope that this will make for easier and more productive volunteer sessions, and give volunteers more flexibility to garden on their own time.
Find it: short, strong stalks with jagged or curly leaves - next to the tomatoes
Harvest: cut from the from the bottom of the stalk, leaving at least 1/3 of the plant at top.
Use it: for salads, sautés, or chips (recipe posted!)
Find it: growing next to our Butterfly Garden
Harvest it: cut away leaves from the bottom; if a tight, mature bundle (like what you see in the store) is forming in the middle, cut it out to prevent it from going to flower.
Use it: salads or pet bunnies ;)
Find it: Behind the Juniper tree, within the metal cages
Harvest it: They are just starting to fruit- stay tuned!
A really hardy plant that just loves to grow and grow, so don't be shy pulling it!
Find it: square stem with jagged leaves, strong smell of mint!
Harvest it: cut away stalk with scissors or knife, as it is thick
Use it: munch on it for fresh breath, add to water, tea, or smoothies!
Find it: a stout bush of woody stems with long, thin leaves that more like the needles on a spruce/pine bush
Harvest it: cut mature sprigs (at least 8 inches long) off the top, leaving at least 3/4 of the bush.
Use it: dress up a sandwich, cook with potatoes, or add to a summer cocktail/mocktail
It smells like pizza!
Find it: small, teardrop leaves growing off tall stalks, distinct smell
Harvest it: cut sprigs off the top, leaving at least 2 feet on the bottom
Use it: bundle it up and let it dry, or sprinkle fresh on pasta, pizza, and roasted veggies