Grow a Successful Community Garden
With spring on the horizon, it’s the perfect time of year to get into a gardening mindset. These days, you don’t need a backyard to grow your own vegetables or flowers. Urban community gardens are fostering connection amongst neighbours and giving condo dwellers the opportunity to grow a green thumb.
Homeowners at FORTE in Burnaby Heights will love the rooftop amenity – not only because of the views, but because of the community garden plots. Imagine popping upstairs to pluck a ripe tomato straight from the vine. Now, that’s fresh eating.
Get the most out of your garden by reading the below tips on what to plant and how to care for them.
- Choose low maintenance plants so you’re not tied to a daily commitment of watering and tending. The Creative Vegetable Gardener recommends kale, garlic, basil, tomatoes, parsley, or beets, amongst others.
- Most community gardens are in raised beds, which are perfect for planting root vegetables, leafy greens, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes. Head over to Bluprint for tips on how to grow successful crops.
- It’s true – there is an app for everything. These gardening-related apps will turn you into a pro. There are also apps for maintaining your indoor house plants. With the help of a watering schedule and alerts from your phone, you’ll always keep your plants well-hydrated.
- Plants take time to grow. Be patient and don’t give up!
- Respect your fellow gardeners. Unless otherwise stated, don’t pick from or water plants that aren’t yours.
- Share your bounty with friends and neighbours. Organize a community potluck, where everyone brings a dish made with garden produce. And meet up with neighbours to share gardening tips – you may find others have answers to the challenges you’re facing. The point of a community garden is to bring people together, after all.