In an age where everyone walks around with mini computers in their hands, texting, making phone calls, or checking the internet on the go, it’s more difficult to make friends and build the neighbourly communities past generations have enjoyed. Many housing communities or neighbourhoods have found the ingredients to create good old-fashioned community through building a community garden. It’s a fantastic place for anyone to learn how to make things grow, from seasoned gardeners to beginners. The great thing is that often the beginner gardeners can learn from the seasoned gardeners and build lasting relationships through working together on a common project. You can also literally eat the fruits of your labour.
Be Prepared to Lead
Be prepared to lead the project, but make room for others to get involved in leadership. Good leaders know how to facilitate and build a strong, dynamic team. Give your team the opportunity to speak into the planning. Delegate tasks, such as planning the dimensions, layout, types of plants allowed, and even teaching a few gardening lessons. Set up a committee to plan the elements you want in your garden. If you want it to draw individuals for more than just growing food, create a beautiful space with benches, ponds, and grass you can sit or play on. Building a pond is actually pretty easy with the essential equipment. Consult Swallow Aquatics to find out what you’ll need. In fact, it’s a good idea to visit the site for options, suggestions, and to use as a part of your research.
Assemble a Team
If you live in an apartment community where there are grounds restrictions, or if you’d like to build the community garden in a city-owned space, talk to the proper authorities to ensure that you can proceed. If you explain the benefits of a community garden and that individuals who have relationships with their neighbours often stay longer, chances are your property manager will encourage the idea. Create some small fliers and bring them with you when you’re talking to neighbours, so they can reference the information and think about it after you've spoken to them. Be warm, friendly, and polite. Explain the reasons you’d like to start the garden. Ask what they think. This is the time to gain valuable feedback – and generate excitement.
Gather advice from seasoned gardeners. If no expert gardeners live in your community, solicit outside help from a local gardening club. Show the expert the plan you and your team have built, and ask advice before you begin building. The expert should be able to tell you if you need to move certain plants based on daylight, or how often certain plants will need to be taken care of, so you can decide how high-maintenance you want your garden to be. What’s more, expert gardeners love gardening, so chances are you’ll find individuals who would love to teach a class once a month or check in with your beginner gardeners to see their progress.
Set up a Workday
Once you’ve gotten an okay from an expert, begin by setting up a workday. Invite all neighbours – share with them your plans. Even if some neighbours haven’t stepped forward to be part of the lead team, chances are that they would love to have at least a small section of the garden. Before hand, plan out your needs and decide on delegating different tasks once they are in place. Outline child-appropriate jobs. Also bring refreshments, a sign-up sheet to section off the garden, and a guest book to keep in touch. You can send your participants articles about helpful gardening tips or even recipes when your garden begins to grow.
Paige One enjoys writing articles that offer advice on how to improve your home garden and in this case, your community garden.