Community Garden Tips for Suburban Gardening

Important tips for community gardening and an introduction to yard sharing.

| October 2013

Master Gardener Chris McLaughln lends her expertise to beginners and experts alike in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small-Space Gardening (Alpha Books, 2013). This invaluable tome shows readers that nearly any space in their home — no matter how small or out of the way — can be turned into a green oasis. In this selection from the first chapter, suburban gardeners are introduced to community gardens and yard sharing.

You can purchase this book from the GRITstore: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small-Space Gardening

More from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Small-Scene Gardening:

• How to Make A Raised Bed Garden

The goal of this book is to allow anyone who wants to get their hands dirty to garden in their own space. But if you’ve done everything you can possibly do in your own small space, you can always borrow some. More and more cities offer community gardens for their residents. There’s also a relatively new, creative gardening strategy called “yard sharing” — and, for the adventurous suburban gardener, there’s always “guerrilla gardening,” which we’ll get to in a bit. Trust me: where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Gardening with your community offers you more than just more garden space, it also brings your neighbors and community together. Just as gardening by its very nature is a lesson on sustainability, gardening as a unit reinforces the community bonds among you and our neighbors. Gardening can also turn eyesore spaces into places of beauty, provide food for all who tend the grounds, and offer extra bounty for those in need.

Community Gardens

Becoming involved with a local community garden is one of the first ideas to consider if you’d like to get into a larger gardening situation. The land for a community gardens is often provided by the city, local business, or donated by a private party. Very often the people who “run” the gardens are an organized group.

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