Tomato Planting and Growing Tips

It’s mid-April. As we (hopefully) head for warmer weather, it’s time to begin planting those tomato seeds if you haven’t already. I came across some useful tomato planting and growing tips to share here from the Spruce. The site is also linked on this website’s ‘Resources’ page.



Annual Meeting Today

Please join us for the Hill East Community Garden annual meeting today at 4:00pm at Trusty’s; 1420 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

We will discuss the Garden’s new task-based work system. Snacks and drinks will be provided.


We need your help this week and on Saturday, April 22nd from 8am to 12noon, weeding and mulching the garden.
Weeding – Please help weed the garden any time before April 22nd.  If you missed our all hands work day last weekend, please pitch in! You can log your hours on the website.  Gardeners should focus on weeding pathways surrounding their plots and near the water barrels.  As a reminder, the HECG rules require gardeners to care for the pathways around their plots.
Mulching – Come to the garden any time from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 22nd for an ALL HANDS WORK DAY to lay mulch in the garden.  This is an important work day, so please try to make it.
We’re looking forward to a great growing season!

Calendar Update

New Board meeting dates have been added to the calendar. The meetings will take place on the second Thursday of the month beginning January 12, 2017. All gardeners are welcome to join or submit items/suggestions/issues for discussion. Winter locations TBD. Check garden communications prior to each meeting.

Upcoming Board Meeting 10/17/16

Please join us for the October 17 Board meeting. We will be reviewing gardener work hours (must have 4 garden work hours before end of the season in order to stay in good standing as a gardener).

We will also go over work day (see below), overgrown plots and a review of last meeting’s notes.

Please join if you can.


  • Sat., November 5, 9AM-12Noon
  • Rain Date: Sat. Nov 12, 9AM-12Noon

Winter Garden Prep: Tender Plant Care — Empress of Dirt

To protect what you have achieved in your garden and avoid costly mistakes, it’s worth the time and effort to protect tender plants before harsh winter weather sets in. This collection of winter garden prep tips comes from dedicated organic gardeners. You can find all of the tips here. Protect Your Tender Plants With These…

via Winter Garden Prep: Tender Plant Care — Empress of Dirt

Work Day Tomorrow, Saturday, September 10


We have a garden work day coming up tomorrow, September 10, 2016, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The garden needs your help! Please come out to help tame the Bermuda grass and the weeds around the perimeter of the garden.

If you have not logged any work hours for this year yet, this is a great way to get your hours in.  And don’t forget to log your work hours on the website.