You don’t have room in your own back yard for a garden, or maybe there’s some other reason you can’t plant food where you live? Then get a plot at your local community garden! Today I’ll show you pictures of our new community garden here in Rockford, a great little suburb North of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sharing the love from Seeds of Change!
We had extra seeds from the packets that Seeds of Change sent us a while back, so we gave them to Bob & Sonia to plant in their new plot at our local community garden. If you’re a regular reader, you already know what great friends they are, so you won’t be surprised to hear that they are taking all sorts of pictures for me to use on my blog. 🙂
Why NOT just grow food in your own backyard?
I asked Sonia this question, and here’s what she said:
- We haven’t had much luck in backyard gardening; not sure exactly why. Plus, the soil is very compact, and the deer and bunnies think I’ve planted the feast for them.
- We wanted to support the community initiative. I actually spoke these words (don’t fall over): “It would be nice to even meet new people doing this.” (Note from Kelly: Sonia thinks of herself as an introvert, but she’s not really.)
- We loved the features of a community garden: the convenience of paying only $45 and having a raised bed already built and filled with dirt; it’s already fenced in; we have access to organic gardeners for tips and classes. I realize it’s not the cheapest way to garden, but it’s worth the little extra to us.”
Here are pictures from the day they planted last weekend, take a look:
So far around here, Kent’s got some herbs replanted in our pots (see our cute little basil coming up on the right?), along with some seeds in our garden, and the rest of our plants that we started from seeds will be planted this weekend. (If it ever stops raining here anyway…)
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Thanks Bob & Sonia!
Part of the Eat Local West Michigan blog carnival!
I wrote this post while participating in the Sowing Millions Project by Real Food Media on behalf of Seeds of Change. I received product and exclusive content to facilitate my post. My thoughts and opinions are my own and not of those of Real Food Media or Seeds of Change.
Primal Toad says
I need to create a meetup event for a community garden!!!
Do you know of any that are closer to GR?
No, but you could call the City of Rockford and see if they have heard of one. Likely they’ve been in touch with other areas who have one and they’d know if there’s one nearby.
I can see huge benefits in this. Think of all the knowledge that can be gained just chatting with the others while you are working your garden!
These are becoming very popular all over..I have been selling 20 foot ground level storage containers for these…If anyone is interested..let me know..
[email protected]..I can sell them all over the United States..I am in Ohio..
Belinda @zomppa says
How exciting and meaningful!
Jen @ BigBinder says
Oh, I love this!!
Wendy (The Local Cook) says
How fun! I wonder if it’s too late to plant some things from seed? I realized that I will have some extra room in my beds. I’m getting tomatoes and peppers from the farmer’s market this weekend (hopefully).
Kelly the Kitchen Kop says
I think it’s fine, it’s just that it will come up later, which isn’t a big deal & sometimes it’s fun to space things out. You might want to actually ask someone who knows more about gardening, though!
It depends on what you are planting and where you live. Do you know what the last frost date is for your region? You might call a local seed or garden store or a nursery and ask someone specifically from your region. I would think MOST things, such as cucumbers, squashes, herbs and things with a shorter season you are ok to plant. Some plants might need a longer growing season, such as melons, watermelon or winter squashes and it might be a little late to plant those . . . . .
Good luck and HAVE FUN ! 🙂