Our Community Garden has seen much progress over the past couple of weeks. The Next kids have painted the tires out front and will be planting flowers in them for decoration. They have also planted jalapeño seeds in three bales at the front of the garden. These kids are hot to trot! Please drive by and admire the amazing artwork on the tires. You will be blessed!
The trellises have gone up to support the pole beans and cucumbers. Each bale is ready to be given fertilizer in preparation for planting. The weather has finally warmed up enough at night to where we can put seeds down. How exciting!
Join in on the fun May 1st at 3 pm. Let's get growing!
Full Garden Update:
Over the last two weeks the bales have been conditioning. A high level nitrogen fertilizer has been placed on the bales every other day and they have been watered daily. This speeds up the conditioning process so that the bales decompose quickly.
At this time, a healthy level of bacteria are flourishing and the bales are getting ready for planting. The internal temperature of the bales is staying about 10 degrees hotter than the soil temperature. This is ok for now, but I want to see a rise in the internal temperature upwards of 130 degrees. Once this happens, I will place a stabilizer 10-10-10 fertilizer on the bales and wait a few days.
The bales will reach a level 80 degrees internally and then they will be ready to plant. When I am certain that we will not have any more freezing temperatures, I will give the OK to start planting. I am hoping to do this around April 18th because Hendersonville High School has their annual plant sale.
At that time, I will be going with Angie and the Next kids to buy the plants and seeds to put in the garden.
There are still many things to do. Garden days will become more frequent once the planting begins. Soil will be getting placed soon and I have bought huge plastic containers for potatoes. The tires out there will be painted by the Next kids and used to decorate the exterior. There will be flowers planted in the center.
The fencing purchased is 7 ft deer fence and will be installed later this week once Chris burns the rubbish pile. The deer fence is actually a type of hard plastic netting that comes highly recommended in place of wire fencing and is very cost effective.
More to come soon.
Our annual 3 ON 3 March Madness Basketball tournament was last night, and what a HUGE success it was!
To start the night off the Tennessee Hornets, an AAU Semi Pro team, played a short 3 on 3 game to get the kids pumped up! Dazzled by their speed, dunks, and over all skills, the kids were ready to take the court. The students were challenged to come up with creative uniforms and team names, and boy did they deliver! From comic book heroes, to 80's inspired, they all came dressed to impress! We set up 4 divisions; All girls, Middle School Boys (6th-8th), High School Boys, and an all ages co-ed division. We had about 65 kids show up to play and support their friends, as well as a crowd of parents and church members to cheer them on!
The kids had such a great time, and I think the student leaders and parents did too! This is an annual event that we can only see getting bigger and bigger! Thank you to everyone who came out to help organize, keep score, ref, run sound, run concession, and to cheer on our awesome kids! If you missed out this year don't worry, we'll be back and ready to play next year!
If you are ready to play in the dirt with Indian Lake Peninsula Church then we have a job for you. This year our church is starting a community garden. Throughout the year we will be setting aside garden days and events that will give us time to fellowship and "grow." Our goal is to bring in money for missions from the sale of our vegetables while being community driven.
Come help us dig in the dirt and share stories about Jesus! There will be plenty to do so if you would like to join in, please contact Heather Littles at 615.713.6085 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Emily Galley at 615.268.8268 or email@example.com