Solar panel lights up the Community Garden via UCalgary

Solar panel lights up the Community Garden via UCalgary

Solar panel lights up the Community Garden via UCalgary

Summer took a little longer than usual to arrive this year, but it was worth the wait for members of the UCalgary Community Garden Club near Cascade Hall — a new garden shed has been equipped with off-grid solar that will provide some electricity in a sustainable way to help power phones and other equipment.

Every year, the Community Garden Club invites dozens of members to connect with food by planting, tending and harvesting a bounty of fresh organic vegetables. This year, thanks to the help of another campus club, Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE), the gardeners will be able to plug in while they work.

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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)

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Recycled Wood Chevron Planter Box via Stuff Seth Makes

Recycled Wood Chevron Planter Box via Stuff Seth Makes

A few years ago I had some scrap wood laying around and wanted to upcycle and build something with it.  This was also around the time when the chevron pattern was getting popular and starting to pick up momentum.  What I came up with was a really cool and fun chevron pattern garden box using recycled wood.  After I completed the build, I shot the following photos of it and put it on our blog:

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How To Build An Elevated Garden via Addicted 2 Decorating

How To Build An Elevated Garden via Addicted 2 Decorating

How To Build An Elevated Garden via Addicted 2 Decorating

Good morning, all! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! The weather here was absolutely gorgeous, so I took the opportunity to work on a project outside–building an elevated garden table. These table gardens can be made to any size, and are perfect for people who live in apartments or condos, or who people who have a tiny back yard with no space for an in-ground garden.

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