How to Start a Community Garden.
No yard toplant a vegetable or flower garden? No problem! Band together with neighbors to turn an unusedtract of land into a shared garden of Eden.
You will need Participants A site Ground rulesA soil test Plot markers Liability insurance (optional) and flower beds (optional).
Organize a meeting of friends and neighbors who are interested in starting a communitygarden.
Decide whether you want a vegetable garden, a flower garden, or a combinationthereof; whether or not it will be organic; and if each member will have their own plotor you'll work the land together.
Discuss whether to approach local businesses to sponsoror donate seeds, gardening tools, and so on.
Find a site with a water source and,if you're growing vegetables, at least six full hours of sunlight daily.
Approach theowner about using or leasing the property.
Many landowners require that you pay for liabilityinsurance.
Set some ground rules, like maintenance of common areas and whathappens if a member neglects or abandons their plot.
Restrict members from planting tallcrops that will block a neighboring plot's shade.
Test the soil to see what nutrientsit might need; kits are available at gardening centers.
Then get everyone together to clean,fertilize, and till the site.
Mark plots clearly with each gardener's name.
Include a commoncompost area.
Plant flower beds around the perimeter of vegetable gardens to promotegood will with neighbors.
Enjoy your bounty! Have a bumper crop of vegetables?Share your harvest with a local food bank or sell them at a farmer's market.
That way,even more people can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Did you know Three of the easiest vegetablesto grow organically are beets, chard, and crookneck squash.