News: Larkspur Community Garden: growing strong since 1982 via Marin Independent Journal

Great story about a long-running community garden in Marin shows what can happen once you get a community garden rolling. — Douglas

News: Larkspur Community Garden: growing strong since 1982 via Marin Independent Journal

News: Larkspur Community Garden: growing strong since 1982 via Marin Independent Journal

What with planting and thinning and weeding and harvesting, the only thing that takes more time than managing a garden is managing the gardens of 71 other people.

“Gardening is never done,” says Stephen Conner, who became the overall coordinator of the Larkspur Community Garden during its first year in 1982. Nancy Spivey, head of Larkspur Parks & Recreation at the time, started the garden because she understood recreation involved more than just sports. “Gardeners are bending, stretching, and weeding on their hands and knees — and it is therapeutic to get your hands in the soil.”

Read Larkspur Community Garden: growing strong since 1982 via Marin Independent Journal


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How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches via Bonnie Plants

There are lots of ways to plant your community garden plot. Starting today I’l be highlighting a variety of methods, plants and designs I have found on my Internet travels. Hopefully, something here will spark with you and get you planting your own plot, whether in a community garden or elsewhere. — Douglas

How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches via Bonnie Plants

How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches via Bonnie Plants

This half-day project makes gardening easier and more comfortable. It’s higher than most raised beds, so you don’t have to bend over quite as much, plus it has a bench on each side so you can sit while you plant, weed, and harvest. This is an ideal garden set-up for older gardeners, folks with back or knee problems, or anyone simply looking for an attractive, unique style of raised bed to add to the yard.

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News: Community gardens provide food, educational space for CU via Daily Illini

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News: Community gardens provide food, educational space for CU via Daily Illini

News: Community gardens provide food, educational space for CU via Daily Illini

What started as an abandoned garden has transformed into an educational space and a source of food for low-income families.

Prosperity Gardens is a nonprofit organization in Champaign that provides students a chance to learn about gardening and the opportunity to grow their own produce. The organization also sells its produce at a discounted rate during the summer for low-income families.

Prosperity Gardens is just one example of a community garden in the Champaign-Urbana area.

According to 2014 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 1,311 community gardens in the United States. 62 of these are in Illinois.

Nicole Bridges, lead program coordinator at Prosperity Gardens, said there are approximately five community gardens in Champaign and Urbana combined.

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Planting Ideas: Plans for 6ft x 4ft Raised beds via Quick Crop

There are lots of ways to plant your community garden plot. Starting today I’l be highlighting a variety of methods, plants and designs I have found on my Internet travels. Hopefully, something here will spark with you and get you planting your own plot, whether in a community garden or elsewhere. — Douglas

Plans for 6ft x 4ft Raised beds via Quick Crop

https://www.quickcrop.ie/6ft-x-4ft-sqaure-foot-gardening-plans

 

We recommend using a 9 inch high timber raised bed kit if placing on soil and a 14 inch or 21 inch high bed if placing on a hard surface.

Planting Ideas: Plans for 6ft x 4ft Raised beds via Quick Crop

One sample plan from Quick Crop (PDF)

 

 

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News: Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds via Atlas Obscura

News: Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds via Atlas Obscura

News: Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds via Atlas Obscura

ON A SHELF JUST BEHIND the reference desk at the Harmon branch of the PhoenixPublic Library, are small pouches of seeds. Like the books and DVDs, they’re available to check out. The library allows visitors to take a few packets of the vegetable and flower seeds home for free just by showing their library card.

“It’s innovative, it’s different, it’s another way for people to interact with the library,” says Lee Franklin, the library’s spokesperson. “It’s been really well received.”

The Phoenix Public Library first put seeds on the shelves at one of its branches in 2014. Franklin says they were immediately in high demand. Now the library distributes an average of 1,000 seed packets per month across nine of its 17 branches. Franklin says the program has proven to be sustainable with minimal costs—around $300-$500 to bring a seed-sharing program to a new branch of the library. And, Franklin says, the organizational tasks of offering seeds fit seamlessly with the library’s existing cataloguing system.

Read the entire article: Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds via Atlas Obscura

Thanks to City Farmer News for sharing the article


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