I've been told repeatedly since I moved to SLC, "You can't plant until after Mother's Day." It's a difficult truth to swallow, but this year it was a good rule to follow. I have lots of friends who put in their gardens during that false spring a couple weeks ago - since then, we've had hail, snow and sleet, and not just once. And it looks like we're going to get more this weekend.
Nevertheless some people just can't keep their hands out of the dirt. You know who I'm talking about: Wasatch Community Gardens.
This Saturday, April 30, from 9am until 1 pm, community members are invited to build boxes for a brand new community garden in downtown SLC. Then on Saturday, May 7, from 1 pm until 4pm, they'll fill those boxes with soil for the new Artspace Community Garden at Artspace Rubber Company (353 West 200 South)
Artspace Community Gardens is a community garden project in downtown SLC that is a collaboration between Artspace, Wasatch Community Gardens and local neighbors and community members. Surrounded by tall buildings and concrete, Artspace Community Garden will be a true oasis in them middle of the city, and the only known community garden in downtown. The garden will primarily serve residents of Artspace and the surrounding neighborhood, a low-income area of SLC. It's a typical project for Wasatch Community Gardens - it's been providing the community the opportunity to grow their own food in urban gardens for over twenty years. WCG provides gardening space at five different gardens, runs youth gardening education programs, offers consulting help for groups to start new community gardens and numerous volunteer opportunities, and hosts over 30 educational workshops and community events, including the great Tomato Sandwich Party at the end of summer.
Also on May 7, from 8 a.m. until 1 p..m., WCG will hold its annual plant sale, a much-anticipated event, at Rowland Hall. Herbs, heirloom tomato plants and other vegetable plants, edible perennials, water-wise and Utah native plants will be for sale in a festival atmosphere with live music. It will be a fun event, even if you're not a gardener. Heck, it might even convert you. If you bring a friend who's never been to the sale, you get a free two-inch tomato, herb or vegetable plant. And if Mom's a gardener, this is the perfect place to pick up a present for Mother's Day.