Starting A Garden With Volunteers
A community-garden using sustainable-gardening-practices can
promote health, sharing, wellness and education for a group of people who have a desire to contribute in some way to others or
directly to the betterment of their own surroundings.
Are there any vacant areas in your town that could use sprucing up?
Would the owner, whether it be a private individual or your Town Council allow a group effort to turn a vacant spot into something positive and productive?
It's quite possible if you simply ask.
It is important to note, that depending upon the ownership of the property, this alone could decide how the actual organization of the garden will be handled and what rules
A community-garden or people's garden
can take many different forms.
Community-gardens are becoming quite popular in school-yards, church yards, parking lots and on un-used town properties for the good of residents who could benefit from it, especially if it's a vegetable garden.
All you need is an organization that's interested and a group of devoted volunteers who will come together and assess just what type of a garden to start.
Some are raised garden beds for disabled people.
There are gardens that are strictly for different types of flowers, shrubs and greenery to be grown.
This can be done in order to preserve a specific place from commercial activities, and to just pretty up an otherwise not-so-pretty area.
A people's-garden can be made up of individual garden plots that belong to private individuals.
They are responsible for planting, weeding and harvesting etc. solely on their own. This is a wonderful opportunity for people
who don't have any space to plant their own gardens and don't want to have to keep buying from grocery stores.
It's also a great opportunity for people who have left their
homes as they got older for apartment living, but still crave the experience of looking after their own garden in their
own backyards so to speak.
A community garden can be a work of art, with a specific variety of plantlife grown strictly for visual pleasure. At the same time, these seed varieties can be grown with the intention of preservation of the species.
A community-garden can simply be made up herbs.
Non-profit organizations like a food bank for example, will start a community garden. For those who can benefit freely
from the produce out of financial need, they are welcome to reap the rewards. All they have to do is help look after it.
Sustainable-gardening-practices should take into account the best ways to ensure a healthier and a cheaper greener way of
maintaining the garden.
Some things to consider when working on a community-garden is a composting and mulching system.
Those operating the garden can ask for donations of whatever makes for good compost like kitchen scraps, or bags of leaves and things of that nature. Many people have more gardening tools than they need and are happy to part with an assortment.
Businesses and the locals are usually happy to contribute to a local cause such as this, as it helps them feel a part of the project, and clean up their own backyards as well.
A rain-barrel for collecting water would be beneficial as well as a way to use rainwater freely to best water the garden.
Remember to do some research and only plant what will do best in the area. A method of seed collection for the following season would be a good idea as well.
The community garden will hopefully attract beneficial insects but is bound to attract some bad ones too. A method of dealing with them should be in place as well.
A group effort by neighbours or an organization is a truly wonderful thing.
It can act as a teaching tool for those who don't know how to begin to garden in the first place. It provides for those in need. It becomes a place to get to know your neighbours, socialize and get some exercise.
A community-garden can be a very fulfilling way of knowing that you are doing something very useful for others and for the environment you live in daily.
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