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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Just add water: Volunteers build ready-to-grow gardens

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Volunteers are needed this morning to help install  organic vegetable and herb garden boxes at 15 homes, schools and apartment buildings across Echo Park as part of the Big Sunday weekend of service. After receiving requests for the garden boxes, the locations were inspected to make sure there was enough room and sun, said Conrado Terrazas with El Centro Del Pueblo, the Echo Park social service agency that organized the project. Twenty boxes were built in the El Centro Del Pueblo recreation yard, where volunteers got a lesson on setting up the boxes, installing drip-irrigation system and planting the veggies and herbs. Today, 150 volunteers are needed to fan out to set up those gardens and help with a community clean up.  Volunteers should show up between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at at El Centro’s main office, 1157 Lemoyne Street south of Sunset Boulevard. Click here for details.

Photos courtesy El Centro del Pueblo



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  1. Great idea! the soil here in EP (at least at my place) is not great for vegetables – nasty weeds ’round here. But I have a couple of raised gardens like this and they are doing great, on their third year. I made mine out of bookcases that were discarded close by (coincidentally, on Lemoyne Street), lined with trash bags, great way to recycle, too.

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