Growth Through Gardening
As the seasons change and Spring settles in, OCHD employees Patricia High and Brianna Schoeneberg can be seen creating small garden boxes full of delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This is part of the preparation for community gardens being built at the Toms River Field of Dreams and individual raised garden beds to be built at residential group home locations throughout Ocean County. Only one week after planting, seedlings can already be seen sprouting from their carefully placed pods (top right and bottom middle photos). In the coming weeks, they will be transplanted into larger growing containers before their final move into the gardens at the Toms River Field of Dreams.
The rectangular planters pictured above include a variety of plants, and will be transplanted to raised garden beds at residential group homes. Each of these rectangular boxes includes three types of tomatoes, two types of peppers, cucumber, zucchini (green squash), and yellow squash to offer a plentiful range of produce for a variety of healthy recipes. Residents will be able to regularly care for their garden plants through weeding, pruning, watering, etc.
To provide a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and attain a nutrient rich diet, there are plants of all kinds being grown for relocation to the TRFOD community garden. Some other plants in the works include: watermelon, butternut squash, potatoes, spinach, carrots, peas, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, cabbage, corn, radishes, turnips, and celery among others. Herbs being grown are basil, rosemary, parsley, and mint.
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