About TAProots

Next Meeting: TAProots is on

"Summer Break"

Our next meeting will be in late summer to taste tomatoes. Watch here for updates!

Holly Springs Food Cupboard Community Garden

621 West Holly Springs Road

Holly Springs, NC 27540

TAProots is a small group of clients affiliated with the Triangle Aphasia Project who meet regularly to sow seeds, garden, create garden crafts and fellowship together with a combined purpose to share their enjoyment of gardening and the outdoors. Although the group has a focus on gardening and garden projects, no prior hands-on gardening experience is needed.

The group spends time learning from each other, patiently working to communicate in a safe and caring environment while doing
fun and useful projects to use at home or provide to the community. The group routinely plants the seeds that start the vegetables in the community garden at the Holly Springs Food Cupboard. They also collect seeds for future plantings in the garden. Each year they organize and conduct a plant sale to support their efforts and to work toward their goal of their group's financial self-sufficiency!

Hands-on opportunities include learning to propagate plants for the Community Garden and the plant sale as well as the home garden and clients are encouraged to take plants home if they wish. The group also uses the herbs and plants from the community garden to create tastings or to take home for culinary purposes!

Join us. We welcome new members!

Contact: rieppeh1@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Colorful Containers for the Cupboard

October 25, 2017

An Unofficial Meeting Between Friends

Our group got together today at the Holly Springs Community Garden,  after a long hiatus, just to catch up, have a little chat and to create some colorful containers for the Food Cupboard's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to dedicate the new addition next week.

It was great to see everyone, to check in and to find out how everyone's summer has been.  Jerry was interested to hear about successes in home gardens and he gave us an update on the community garden.  We had a snack and set to work on the containers.

We planted three large showy planters and stuffed them full of mums, Saint Johns Wort and Verbena.  Then we filled in with lots of pansies.  We also filled lots of other pots with colorful pansies.

It was a beautiful morning to be in the garden.  The only thing missing was Rieppe.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hoeman Gets Ready for the fall Garden

September 18, 2017

It's a great time in the garden! Most of your crops are in and maybe you still have tomatoes, peppers, and greens. Now is the time to clear out the other areas for fall/ winter crops. You can use leftover seed or get new. You will want to plant your seed a little deeper than you did in spring. There are two types of crops; (1) are the ones you want to harvest before frost and (2) are the ones you can leave through winter or harvest in the winter when you want something fresh. My favorites for #1 are: beets, broccoli, and carrots. You can also grow: cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce, radish, and spinach. My favorites for #2 are: beets, brussel sprouts, leeks, rutabaga, and turnip. You can also grow: cabbage, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, onion, and Swiss chard. In both #1 and #2 I have grown my favorites with success in NY and now I'll try them here. If you know what works for you please let me know!

If you don't want to grow vegetables this fall/ winter stay tuned for the next issue, when we explore Fall garden clean-up, plus green manure ideas.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Hoeman: on taking control of pests and weeds

This time we will mention two more means of controlling your property

First is another means of controlling garden pests. Other than the ladybug you can try praying mantis. You only need a few and if you place them at opposite ends of the garden,  they will scour it clean. When they don't have enough pest to eat they will eat each other.

Secondly is for those that have a constant problem with brush and weeds growing all over the place. You can get a brush hog or see if someone in your area has goats. Now some say that goats eat everything in sight, which is a myth. If you look at India they use goats to eat garbage in their dumps. If you enlist the assistance of local goat farmer, your farmer will put temporary fencing up and in a couple of days you are back incontrol. By the way, they will even eat poison ivy.

What's the difference between a unicorn and a head of lettuce.

The unicorn is a fun beast.

And lettuce is a bunny feast.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hoeman Tips "on the Blog"

Pesky Garden Pests

Today we are going to discuss two garden pests.

The first pest is Aphids. You can cover your plants when they are small. You can use some different soap-type sprays or insecticides. But these methods are time takers, so my favorites are; first, spraying water throughout your plants every couple days. This also gets them watered. Secondly, is the ladybug. You want to plant marigolds and dill throughout your garden to draw them. If you don't attract them, you can purchase or mail order them. Here is the draw back. If you buy too many, they will go elsewhere. I've also seen pictures of homes infested with them, so only buy a small amount.

The second garden pest is Crows. We just lost our crop of watermelon to them. It made us mad and cry at the same time. Next year we are going to make cages for each melon. I'll start with a rectangular frame and cover it with chicken wire. Then as each melon grows we'll put a cage over it and stake it down. I know my mom used to put a scare crow in the garden and string up aluminum pie plates, but I don't think they were effective.

If you have something that works, please let me know.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Award Winning TAProots Garden Group Member

Friday Night. June 22, 2017

TAP Signature Event - Big News

Krystal Jackson was recognized for exemplifying the tenets of TAP!

For her determination, her spirit and her "can do" attitude, Krystal shines as the epitome of someone who perseveres to move forward in her life.  We celebrate this recognition with her!

Congratulations Krystal!

Laura, Rieppe, Rachel and Hope attended the Signature Event and were able to share in the joy of this award with Krystal and Nate.  So fun!

The little cutie in the middle is Zola, Nate and Krysal's granddaughter!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Container Creations

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

This week while we waited for plants to arrive, we talked about the Hoeman's tip on food storage. Rieppe brought her food saver machine out which was invested in to keep fish her husband catches. Barb explained how her's is used for fresh food with the reseal feature on bags and bowls.  It was a time of sharing and education.

Once the plants arrived our goal was to put together flower pots for a silent auction during the TAP fund raiser. Well I thought we would get two done, but once we got the first one done we were on a roll. They turned out so well that we wanted to bid right there and then. I heard someone say that we should start a garden center. We made some for sun and other for plants needing some shade. Hopefully we did not make to many and that they all go over well. It really did turn out to be a fun day.

Rieppe and Barb work to plant the trophy container

Krystal showing off the butterfly container

Beautiful blooms in the big pot

Jen and Zola add up the container's contents
The succulent pots came out beautifully

 Well our work is done for now and we will pick things up again for our fall crop rotation. So, stay out of the heat and do your watering in the morning and weeding in the evening.

Enjoy the summer break!

We've had such a successful season!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Container Pot Planning and Philanthropy

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What a great success! The plant sale was wonderful​ and we were able to present over $400 to the Holly springs food cupboard.

Our Group and Pat (the Food Cupboard Director)

We are so happy to be turning over the funds to Pat!

We spent some time at this meeting planning what to plant in containers that we will plant for the TAP fund raiser auction.
Lots of ideas being exchanged here!

Plants for our containers

Containers, plants and ideas!

Only good things can come from this!

We just have to reign in the creativity!  We are so excited to do this project....

We will have one last meeting on Wednesday June 21. We will plant some beautiful pots for the TAP fund raiser on Friday June 23.

There will be a break during the summer until mid August. We will have occasional get togethers and tomato tastings.

Be sure to check out the Hoeman Garden Tips in the Blog sidebar - one of our clients will provide garden suggestions you can try at home!  Feel free to "Send Feedback" if you have a tip of your own you'd like to share!