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How to Start a Community Garden

Watch more Gardening Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to start a community garden with these guidelines. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Find participants Organize a meeting of friends and neighbors who are interested in starting a community garden. Step 2: Choose a type of garden Decide whether you want a vegetable garden, a flower garden, or a combination thereof; whether or not it will be organic; and if each member will have their own plot or you'll work the land together. Discuss whether to approach local businesses to sponsor or donate seeds, gardening tools, and so on. Step 3: Scout sites Find a site with a water source and, if you're growing vegetables, at least six full hours of sunlight daily. Approach the owner about using or leasing the property. Tip Many landowners require that you pay for liability insurance. Step 4: Set some ground rules Set some ground rules, like maintenance of common areas and what happens if a member neglects or abandons their plot. Restrict members from planting tall crops that will block a neighboring plot's shade. Step 5: Prepare the land Test the soil to see what nutrients it might need; kits are available at gardening centers. Then get everyone together to clean, fertilize, and till the site. Mark plots clearly with each gardener's name. Include a common compost area. Tip Plant flower beds around the perimeter of vegetable gardens to promote good will with neighbors. Step 6: Share your bounty Enjoy your bounty! Have a bumper crop of vegetables? Share your harvest with a local food bank or sell them at a farmer's market. That way, even more people can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Did You Know? Three of the easiest vegetables to grow organically are beets, chard, and crookneck squash.
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