The TJMS Community Garden Spring 2022 Season is Starting.

The TJMS Community Garden has been a Plot Against Hunger participant for over a decade, donating produce to AFAC and other local food pantries. The Jefferson Community Garden is the largest school garden in Arlington, and we are taking our community responsibilities seriously. But more than that, we are working to become a hub for joyful community and learning. Have you ever thought of starting your own garden, but you feel a little overwhelmed? Volunteering with our experienced gardeners is a great way to learn more about starting a garden, managing pests and diseases, and how to plan for seasonal harvests. A sunny Saturday morning in the garden is a great family activity, and it's the perfect place to meet friends to socialize while volunteering and getting a bit of fresh air and exercise.

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Pollinators frolicking in the native pollinator garden, on our false indigo bush. #nativeplants #pollinatorgarden #schoolgarden

Pollinators frolicking in the native pollinator ga...

Ladybug scrambling over the milkweed. #ladybug #milkweed #pollinatorgarden

Ladybug scrambling over the milkweed. #ladybug #mi...

Keeping the deer out of the chokeberries this year! (Cross your fingers for us.) #schoolgarden #nativeplants #pollinatorgarden

Keeping the deer out of the chokeberries this year...

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We’ve had a busy week in the garden trying to catch up after a rainy spring. We finally almost caught up to our weeding, digging more mounds, and finally, getting our soaker hoses out! Well, ok, we are about halfway done with the soaker hoses. We will really appreciate them if we have many more weeks like this week, where we watered at least 5 or 6 times and lost some of our smaller transplants. #echoolgarden #soakerhose #irrigationsystemImage attachmentImage attachment

We’ve had a busy week in the garden trying to catch up after a rainy spring. We finally almost caught up to our weeding, digging more mounds, and finally, getting our soaker hoses out! Well, ok, we are about halfway done with the soaker hoses. We will really appreciate them if we have many more weeks like this week, where we watered at least 5 or 6 times and lost some of our smaller transplants. #echoolgarden #soakerhose #irrigationsystem ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

A wander through our pollinator garden this morning found beauty berry, milkweed, button bush, cut leaf coneflower, chokeberry, elderflower, avens, penstemon digitalis, anise hyssop, and monarda. And lots of bees. (It actually had more than these, but I could only add ten photos.) #schoolgarden #pollinatorgarden #nativeplants ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

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beauty berry! would love to see indigos

Good morning from the garden! These gorgeous flowers are what happens when we let our mesclun mix bolt. If you’ve seen chicory song the side of the road, you may find these flowers familiar. They’re full of bees this morning! #schoolgarden #pollinators #chicoryImage attachment

Good morning from the garden! These gorgeous flowers are what happens when we let our mesclun mix bolt. If you’ve seen chicory song the side of the road, you may find these flowers familiar. They’re full of bees this morning! #schoolgarden #pollinators #chicory ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

It's the first day of #Summer and there's no better way to celebrate than with a Mary Oliver poem! ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

A neighbor's milkweed were accidentally weeded out recently, so our pollinator garden has turned into a monarch caterpillar rescue operation. This is the first year we've had thriving milkweed so monarchs hadn't discovered us yet, so this gives us a head start. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago
Sometimes we leave the mesclun to bolt, just because it’s so pretty. Did you know that the chicory that you see on roadsides is related to radicchio? These flowers look very similar. #summergarden #mesclun #chicory #schoolgarden

Sometimes we leave the mesclun to bolt, just because it’s so pretty. Did you know that the chicory that you see on roadsides is related to radicchio? These flowers look very similar. #summergarden #mesclun #chicory #schoolgarden ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
It’s been raining for a while this morning, with more rain to come, so we are canceling the garden workday.

It’s been raining for a while this morning, with more rain to come, so we are canceling the garden workday. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
Thank you to TJ staff for supporting an outdoor garden dining option for the 8th grade dance!

Thank you to TJ staff for supporting an outdoor garden dining option for the 8th grade dance! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
Our false blue indigo is done for the year, the button bush is going strong, and the New York Ironweed is queued up behind it.

Our false blue indigo is done for the year, the button bush is going strong, and the New York Ironweed is queued up behind it.NATIVE ALTERNATIVES to Invasive Butterfly Bush
While invasive Butterfly Bush attracts butterflies for nectar, it does not support the young of these insects. There are native alternatives which attract adult butterflies to their nectar and offer nourishment to their caterpillars, supporting the insects’ entire lifecycle.

* Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) is a food source for multiple caterpillars and a nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators in May.
*New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) has nectar which attracts long-tongued bees and butterflies in the late summer to fall.
*Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), a good shrub for a moist to wet site, serves as the larval host for several moths, and attracts bees, hummers, and songbirds as well as butterflies.

Learn more about the perennials and shrub from fact sheets under Tried & True Native Plants at MGNV.ORG.
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2 weeks ago
It’s the very beginning of elderflower season. Native, pollinator-friendly, traditional medicinal, extremely robust, and spreads like mint, by runners.

It’s the very beginning of elderflower season. Native, pollinator-friendly, traditional medicinal, extremely robust, and spreads like mint, by runners. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago
I tried really hard to get video, but please enjoy this adorable bee back end on native  Beardtongue in still photo format instead. #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #nativeplants #bees

I tried really hard to get video, but please enjoy this adorable bee back end on native Beardtongue in still photo format instead. #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #nativeplants #bees ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

At Garden club, we weeded, planted okra seed we saved from last year, marked the rows, and planted tomatoes. Feeling envious? Meet us in the garden from 9-11 this morning to do more. #schoolgarden #summergarden #communitygarden #plotagainsthunger ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
We got SO much soil prepared  and squash and tomatoes planted at yesterday’s workday, but the only pictures I managed to get were of this rare Kankakee mallow we planted in the pollinator garden. This plant is native to one small area in Illinois… and, according to the Digital Atlas’s of Virginia Flora, part of Virginia. We can’t wait to see it grow and bloom.Image attachment

We got SO much soil prepared and squash and tomatoes planted at yesterday’s workday, but the only pictures I managed to get were of this rare Kankakee mallow we planted in the pollinator garden. This plant is native to one small area in Illinois… and, according to the Digital Atlas’s of Virginia Flora, part of Virginia. We can’t wait to see it grow and bloom. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

DAY CHANGE: Workday is now SUNDAY 9-11AM ... See MoreSee Less

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