Overall site dimensions What is the size and
orientation of the garden site? Remember to plan with the power
of beauty in mind!
Garden plots How many will you have? Consider
height, width, depth and orientation (facing north - south or east
- west). We provide more info on garden beds here.
Shared gardens Perennial flower beds, fruit
shrubs, pumpkin, corn or potato crop areas, Tasting Gardens, food
sharing gardens growing food to give away.
Footpaths Think about placement, dimensions and
materials as well as how you'll incorporate existing footpaths or
sidewalks. Learn more about footpath mulch.
Accessibility Design with an eye for
allowing people with mobility challenges to have easy access to
garden beds and water sources, compost bins and tool sheds.
(1.5 metre pathways and 22 - 24 inch high garden beds are best)
Water access details Where will hoses, taps,
closed rain barrels be placed and will you conserve water through
simple in-bed irrigation sysems? Please read our note on water
Compost bin system Consider how you can
construct and place the bins so that it is both practical for
gardeners to use and discreet enough that it does not affect the
view for nearby residents.
Curb appeal Remember that a good looking garden
will decrease resistance from nearby residents. Plan for
three-season beauty such as daffodils in spring, floral
perennials for early, mid and late summer and late blooming flowers
such as chrysanthemums for fall.
Personal security Plan for clear sightlines in
Fencing details Black chain fencing keeps out
wildlife, is unobtrusive, allows sunlight through and makes a great
support for vertical growing. Fencing that is meant to keep out
people is not permitted on public land.
Seating Gardeners will appreciate somewhere to
take a break. Benches will encourage community members to
enjoy the garden too. Look for sturdy garden seating,
preferably with a back and ones that can be anchored into the
ground. Seating areas in both shade and sun are best.
Recycling and garbage bins Residents will
prefer it is out of sight, but gardeners will want it somewhere
convenient. Decide what arrangements need to be made in order to
dispose of the contents. Have a team of 4 Compost "Earth
Maker" managers to be keeping up with the compost management.
Compost well maintained does not smell bad.
Storage for large garden tools You'll need a
secure shed or chest for storing large shared tools. Consider
accessibility but also try to be considerate of nearby neighbors.
You'll need permission from the City to erect a vertical structure
or any kind. If it is a greenhouse you will need to purchase
and seek approval for a development permit..
Gardener communication Plan to include a
changeable weatherproof notice board. A sandwich board style
garden sign will likely be available from City of Calgary
Soil Next to people cooperating to maintain the
garden, soil development is the most important ingredient for a
sustainable garden. Focus on soil health first and food crops
second. Learn how to ensure healthy, contaminant free soil.
Toilets The City asks that all portable toilets
be positioned outside of the garden's perimeter. Once installed,
the garden is responsible for the care of the toilet. You'll
need approval from the District Foreman at the City of
Footpath mulch Mulching footpaths can cut down
on muddiness and weeding and improve drainage. Learn more about