Let’s Start a Community Garden

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently from people looking to start a community garden in their neighborhood. What I’ve included below is by no means a definitive guide, since there are lots of publications on community gardening out there now. However, these are the publications I have read and can wholeheartedly recommend. Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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13 thoughts on “Let’s Start a Community Garden

  1. You are an endless source of inspiration, gayla — what a brilliant idea. I am going to add this to my list of 100 things! xo

  2. Community gardens are great alternatives for people who have little space and limited time. Not only do they have the obvious reward of fresh produce, but also they get people working together on creating life. Thank you for sharing some excellent sources for getting started.

  3. Toronto Community Garden Network is also a good resource – http://www.tcgn.ca. Lots of existing gardens are looking for volunteers too – like us, at the Emerson Community Garden at the Emerson exit of the Lansdowne Subway Station! If anyone is in the neighbourhood, you’d be most welcome to come and get involved, there’s lots of room! You can find more info about us under West End Flower Fairies at the TCGN website above.

    Thanks for your great website, Gayla…

  4. Thanks so much for posting this!
    I’m just in the sprouting stages of getting a community ‘growth’ centre going by using a small school that is now empty because of a bigger one being built round the corner. I wanted to combine the idea of a community garden with ideas like the victory gardens, classes about climate change and how we can help & adapt, cooking classes, etc.
    Any thoughts or sudgestions?

  5. Thank you for the book recommendations!

    I’ve had “Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guide: Community Gardening,” checked out of the library for about a month now. It’s so good that I can’t return it. I love the earnest pictures, it’s one of the most inspiration gardening books I’ve ever read. I love how it depicts urban youths and -real- gardeners in general.

  6. What do I need to get some good soil for planting vegies?
    I have bought some cow fertilizer but not sure if that is all I need for the planting. Need some help

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