Ingredients For A Successful Community Garden
The Experience of being a Community Gardener
- Garden registration - meet people and choose roles.
- 3 dates for spring cleanup; attending one date is
- Mentoring; connecting to nature.
- What are expectations (Garden Guidelines)
- Knowledge sharing
- Coaching in the garden; relaxation
- Education speaker in winter months
- Meet at the garden weekly
- Seeing things grow, making friends
- Tomato plant gift kick-off
- Beauty - required floral addition to garden beds
The Garden Team
- Thursday/ once a week regular meeting
- Prevent garden team burnout. Have a potluck.
- Water while I'm away list
- Vase of signs "Please water this garden": gardeners stick sign
into garden bed if they will be away.
- Apprentice for each role on garden team
- Buddy system for weekly care
- Shared greenhouse
- Shared garden maintenance of common areas and pathways
- Shared garden crops (fruit); community gardens can apply for
orchard after Phase I environmental assessment.
- Bulletin board
- Email newsletter
- Get Permission to share emails
Grow healthy vegetables
- Healthy soil; succession crops; several crops one after the
- Water; add compost to soil
- Share expertise
- Crop Rotation
- Cover Crops sown in fall (fall rye)
- Add compost in spring and in fall.
- Box to share (take 1 seed envelope - leave 1)
- Row covers to prevent insect infestations
- Lily beetle; parasitic wasps. Squish 'em
- Lily society Adam Yacabouski
- Aphids - plant dill and discard it after it attracts the aphids
away from other plants.
- Food bank crop gardens
- Share seeds events, share expertise
- Acknowledge Friends of the Garden (helpful to garden activities
but not renting a plot)
- Facebook page
- Fair waitlist practice builds confidence-
- Show you are there