Gardening for Life!

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 compulsory
  • Mentoring; connecting to nature.
  • Orientation
  • What are expectations (Garden Guidelines)
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Coaching in the garden; relaxation
  • Learning
  • Education speaker in winter months
  • Meet at the garden weekly
  • Seeing things grow, making friends

Enjoyment

  • Relaxing
  • 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.

Roles

  • 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.

Communication

  • Bulletin board
  • Email newsletter
  • Get Permission to share emails

Grow healthy vegetables

  • Healthy soil; succession crops; several crops one after the other.
  • Water; add compost to soil
  • Share expertise

Soil

  • Crop Rotation
  • Cover Crops sown in fall (fall rye)
  • Add compost in spring and in fall.

Seeds

  • Box to share (take 1 seed envelope - leave 1)

Pest management

  • Row covers to prevent insect infestations
  • Lily beetle; parasitic wasps.  Squish 'em
  • Lily society Adam Yacabouski
  • Cabbage butterfly          
  • Aphids - plant dill and discard it after it attracts the aphids away from other plants.

Community

  • Food bank crop gardens
  • Share seeds events, share expertise

Community Plus

  • 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