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The Manhattan Heights Teen Center and REC Program Garden has re-bloomed in March of 2018. With the help of the Public Works Department and program staff, the garden has increased in size and popularity. Our garden is an important asset because it allows the teens and children to develop responsibility, become goal oriented, and use gardening therapeutically. Throughout the year, teens and children learn about various types of vegetables, fruits, best growing times, and recipes in which they can use the vegetables and fruits they grew. They enjoy the hands-on-work in the garden and watching everything grow.

  • The summer season is best for planting tomatoes, sunflowers, strawberries, blueberries, red bell peppers, honeydew, and cantaloupe
  • The spring and fall seasons are best for planting zucchini, cucumbers, edamame, and pumpkins.
Teen Center Garden History

In 1988 to 1989, the Teen Center Garden was first established by the Teen Center Staff and teens. In 2014, Teen Center staff with support from Eagle Scout Nicholas Barber, revitalized the garden. He received an Eagle Scout Award for this service project. In March of 2018, Teen Center supervisor with help from the Public Works expanded the current garden by renovating all the planter boxes and created a larger space to garden.

Below is the tentative calendar of vegetables, fruits, and recipes the teens would like to grow throughout the year.

JANUARY February March April

Vegetables:

-Brussels Sprouts

-Asparagus

-Chives

 

Fruit:
-Blackberries

 

 

Recipe:

-Brussels sprouts with bacon

Vegetables:

-Broccoli

-Cabbage

-Basil

 

Fruit:

-Dwarf Lemon Tree

 

 

Recipe:

-Broccoli, beef, and rice

Vegetables:

-Spinach

-Butternut Squash

-Mint

 

Fruit:

-Dwarf Navel Orange Tree

 

Recipe:

-Orange juice

Vegetables:

-Carrots

-Spring Onion

-Rosemary

 

Fruit:

-Raspberries

 

 

Recipe:

-Raspberry lemonade


May June July August

Vegetables:

-Green Bean

-Chives

-Artichoke

 

Fruit:

-Strawberries

 

Recipe:

-Chocolate covered strawberries

Vegetables:

-Kale

-Corn

-Cilantro

 

Fruit:

-Watermelon

 

Recipe:

-Kale chips

Vegetables:

-Tomatoes

-Jalapenos

-Basil

 

Fruit:

-Blackberries

 

Recipe:

-Salsa

Vegetables:

-Zucchini

-Arugula

-Edamame

 

Fruit:

-Apricot

 

Recipe:

-Zucchini fries

September October November December

Vegetables:

-Cucumbers

-Peas

-Parsley

 

Fruit:

-Blueberries

 

 

Recipe:

-Blueberry muffins

Vegetables:

-Eggplant

-Oregano

-Garlic

 

Fruit:

-Dwarf Cherry Tree

 

 

Recipe:

-Eggplant Parmesan

Vegetables:

-Sweet Potatoes

-Alfalfa Sprouts

-Thyme

 

Fruit:

-Raspberries

 

 

Recipe:

-Sweet potato

fries

Vegetables:

-Pumpkin

-Radish

-Lettuce

 

Fruit:

-Cantaloupe

 

 

Recipe:

-Pumpkin loaf bread

Teen Center Garden

Updated on 04/18/2017 1:47 PM

The Teen Center Garden began in 2014 and continues to blossom vegetables and fruits all year. Teens and Teen Center leaders work together to grow the vegetables and fruits to use towards healthy recipes!