News: Bethlehem students build community garden via The Kentucky Standard

News: Bethlehem students build community garden via The Kentucky Standard

News: Bethlehem students build community garden via The Kentucky Standard 

 Students from Bethlehem recently joined together to create a community garden for the Turnaround resource center in Lebanon Junction.

This center helps community members turn their lives around and provides an opportunity for the town of Lebanon Junction with resources and community support.

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Community Garden Plots: Make the Most of Limited Space via Green Living Ideas

Community Garden Plots: Make the Most of Limited Space via Green Living Ideas

Community Garden Plots: Make the Most of Limited Space via Green Living Ideas

1)   INTERPLANT: this is a technique that can be planted once or used with succession planting (tip #2). If planting your garden at one time companion planting can be used. Companion planting is when planting certain plants next to each other so that they gain mutual benefit in some way. An example of this is to plant basil next to trellised tomatoes. As the tomatoes grow up, lower leaves can be pruned, while basil is pinched to become bushy.

2)   SUCCESSION: when one plant has come to the end of it’s life span, then something else can be planted in the space that was created. An example of succession planting: when spinach is harvested by the roots, lettuce can then be planted. Since lettuce will go to seed (or bolt) in heat, this space can then be planted with beets for fall harvest. Depending on your plant choices and your location, 2-3 crops can come from the same space.

3)   VERTICAL: Trellises to grow plants up are great for vining and climbing plants like beans, peas, cucumbers, and certain types of small melons. I’ve made trellises in an upside-down “V” shape so that vining plants will cover the ground with shade, which then will extend the harvest of plants that like cooler temperatures and less sunlight, such as lettuce.

4)    DESIGN DIFFERENT: think outside the box of your plot… or better said, is think different inside the box. Now that the plot is designed using a vertical element such as trellising, how about not thinking in the mono-cropped pattern of rows? When using a design such as the keyhole garden, you eliminate most of the pathways and increase growing space. The way to create a keyhole is plan out a circle in the center of the plot, then one pathway going into the garden. In this way you can sit in the middle of the garden and reach all the way around you. Scale the circle to allow for 3-4 feet from the edge of the circle to the edge of the garden plot to assure you can read all areas of your garden.

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News: Bronx community garden transformed with sustainable improvements via Inhabitat

News: Bronx community garden transformed with sustainable improvements via Inhabitat

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A newly renovated community garden has officially opened in the Bronx. Fannie’s Garden at Paradise on Earth, a venture of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), received a dramatic upgrade with sustainable features like permeable pavement, a rain garden, and a shade structure designed to support solar panels. The 13,000-square foot-garden offers space for urban residents to escape the city, get their hands dirty in 24 garden beds, and enjoy the colors of native plants. 

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Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit (PDF) via the New York State Health Department

Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit (PDF) via the New York State Health Department

Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit

Raised beds are a good idea for community gardens for a number of reasons. They solve drainage problems, make weeding easier and reduce soil compaction. In addition, because community gardens are often created in urban areas where soil contamination is common, raised beds can provide a means of reducing exposure to harmful chemicals. If you use raised beds, you can avoid planting directly in contaminated soil.

There are many ways to turn a vacant piece of land into a garden. Here is how one group built raised bed community gardens from the ground up in Utica, NY.

Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit (PDF)

Read Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit (PDF) via the New York State Health Department

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News: Community Garden established in Gurdon via SiftingsHerald

News: Community Garden established in Gurdon via SiftingsHerald

News: Community Garden established in Gurdon via SiftingsHerald

Gurdon now has a community garden.

A group gathered last week with shovels to commemorate the garden, including Mt. Canaan Baptist Church Pastor Johnny Harris, Gurdon Mayor Sherry Kelley and Johnathon Boyce, of the Brighter Tomorrow Foundation.

It was Boyce who brought the garden to reality, by asking Harris for permission to establish the garden on the church’s land, to which Harris gave his blessing.

“We made it happen,” said Boyce.

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8 Great Tips to Start a Community Garden via Sunset Magazine

8 Great Tips to Start a Community Garden via Sunset Magazine

8 Great Tips to Start a Community Garden via Sunset Magazine

Looking to bring your local neighborhood closer together through growing greens? Here’s what you need to know

A green beginning

There are tons of benefits to having a community garden: stronger sense of community, promoting healthy eating, learning what it really takes to grow your food. It’s also a great way to make gardening a possibility for those living in urban homes with less yard room, and to create a healthy town center for citizens of all ages.

But where should you start if you’d like a community garden of your own? We chatted with Rodney Spencer, the executive director of City Slicker Farms, which provides community gardens for West Oakland residents, to hear his top tips on how to get started.

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News: Growing healthy food for kids at the Shiloh Community Garden via Mountain Xpress

News: Growing healthy food for kids at the Shiloh Community Garden via Mountain Xpress

News: Growing healthy food for kids at the Shiloh Community Garden via Mountain Xpress

Norma Baynes was born and raised in Asheville’s Shiloh neighborhood. As an adult, she moved to Maryland, where she lived for 40 years before deciding to return home in 1996. “I moved back to the same street I was raised on,” she says. A few years later, she helped to found the Shiloh Community Organization. In 2004, the Shiloh Community Garden was born.

“It was very important that we start a garden where people could come and access food,” explains Baynes. “We give our food to the community. We don’t ask people to pay for it. Economically a lot of people can’t afford certain things. With a garden, people could come pick it themselves,” she says. The garden grows herbs, greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra and so much more. “These days people eat a lot of fast food,” says Baynes. “Healthy food is very important.”

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Pat’s Top 5 Spring Garden Hacks via IdeaStations

Pat’s Top 5 Spring Garden Hacks via IdeaStations

Pat's Top 5 Spring Garden Hacks via IdeaStations

As your spring garden stretches and unfurls, more intense heat and cute but oh-so-pesky garden pests are also making their timely appearances.

Here are a few of my favorite garden hacks to keep your spring edibles producing abundantly.

1. Upcycle Wine Bottles

Upcycle old wine or fancy water bottles by filling them with H2O and inserting them upside down in the soil to provide your plants’ roots with just the right amount of moisture. The bottle will create a vacuum so that it only waters at the rate at which the soil dries. I like to find beautiful cobalt blue and olive green bottles and remove the labels (another project in itself) so that these functional pieces add an interesting artistic touch to the garden as well.

2. Pick Out the Pests

In order to keep up with leaf-munching insects while avoiding insecticides (even the natural ones), take the Zen monk approach and simply do a little up-close garden appreciation stroll daily. 

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