Sunday, January 17, 2010

Haven Family House Garden Project

To my new followers... Welcome and thanks for following my blog.

In my last post I told you I was asked to take the lead in revitalizing the garden at Haven Family House run by Shelter Network. I met with staff members last week to present my ideas to expand the garden. The staff has approved my plans and are very excited to have someone carry out their dreams for the Haven Garden.

Shelter Network will recruit volunteers throughout the year to help me put my plans into action as well as work with local businesses to donate materials.

The first time I saw the garden area I thought to myself, “This is my dream yard“. Sunny and lots of space! While walking through the yard I could see all kinds of little projects in my mind. Turning this wonderful space into a thriving vegetable and flower garden for the families to enjoy.

Below is a photo of the garden from Google Maps. I have labeled it so you can see all the projects we will be working on this year. Click on the photos for a larger view.

The photo below is the future home of Pumpkin Hill. We will be growing pumpkins for the kids to decorate this Fall.

Pumpkin Hill plan...

The plan below is the layout for the expanded vegetable garden. Zucchini and zucchini blooms are a favorite at the shelter. I was told the Zucchini took over one of the raised bed it was planted in last season, so this year I will give them a new home with lots of room. I have also planned an area for sugar snap peas, pole bean and cucumbers.

We are hoping a local Boy Scout Troop will help us build two A-Frame and two Teepee trellises for the peas and beans.

The photo below is of the raised beds. They need a little cleaning up.

The picnic area below will get a face lift. I'm hoping we can get some decomposed granite. This will make it easier to maintain.

Yesterday my son and his girlfriend helped me prune the fruit trees. Photo below is the trees before we pruned them.

They also marked off where the "Kids" flower boxes will go. This area will be for children ages 5 and under. There will be two 2'x5' raised beds right behind the sitting area.

Can't you just see two of these cute little boxes in that space.

I just need someone to donate the materials.
Home Depot
Earth Solutions 2 Ft. x 5 Ft. Raised Container Gardening
Model # RPB-2460 Internet/Catalog # 100671549

I will keep you posted on our progress.

In my next post I'll update you on my garden.


  1. Wow, that's gonna be alot of room! It's great that you are doing all of this for such a great cause - people like you make this country a better place. :-)

  2. How exciting! That is going to be one beautiful and productive garden.

  3. Hi Liisa = my name is Chris and today is my first day as the Director of Development at Shelter Network. This looks like a fantastic project. I'm sure that the nearby Home Depot in EPA would donate this and other materials. What else do you need?

  4. How fantastic Liisa! I can't wait to see it all go together.

  5. EG - Thank you! What a sweet thing to say.

    Muse - It is very exciting. I hope it turns out the way it looks in my head :-)

    Chris - Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to working with you. I'll be putting a list together this week. I'll get in touch with you through Shelter Network.

    Ribbit - Thanks! Me too :-) You know from following my blog once I get a project in mind I go a little crazy and want it all done
    now :-)

  6. Wow Liisa! What a fun and exciting project! Can you PM me your address? I've got a bunch of pumpkin seeds that I won't be able to use this year - they're yours if you'd like 'em. (Varieties: Magic Lantern Pumpkin and Fairytale Pumpkin)

  7. Hi Jenn,
    How sweet of you to donate your pumpkin seeds.
    I have sent you an email. Let me know if you don't get it.

  8. Hi...I love your blog post on Haven...thanks for taking this on Sis :) I knew you would know what to do with all that space! I have been wanting to see this project grow and I think we are finally headed into that direction. Also thank you to your friend Jenn for the pumpkin seeds. we can use all the donations and volunteers we can get for this project :)

    Also thanks for the link to Shelter Network on your blog :)

  9. Liisa, it looks like you are making wonderful progress.

  10. Di - Thanks for following my blog.
    Thanks. We will have two groups coming in to help with some clean up Feb 1st and Feb 5th.

  11. Sounds like so much fun. I know you're going to enjoy it. Congrats!!

  12. Hi Cheryl,
    Good to hear from you. Thanks. We have our first volunteer group coming on Feb 1st to help weed the raised beds. I hope it doesn't rain.