Thinking of growing in a community garden?

“One of the wonderful things about growing plants in a community garden is that so many things are possible,” said Mary Foster, director of the Community Garden Network in the Rogue Valley. Foster worked with teens from a youth shelter several years ago to establish the Community Garden at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix. More recently, she was instrumental in developing the Union Park Community Garden in West Medford.

Foster shared useful information for people who are thinking about growing in a community garden:

  • Working in a community garden is a great way to learn how to grow plants. New gardeners have ready access to more experienced gardeners who usually love to talk about their garden successes and challenges. Many community gardens also host monthly work days that provide hands-on learning.
  • Working in a community garden also benefits experienced gardeners who are new to the Rogue Valley and want to learn how to grow plants in our local conditions. Community gardens are a great place for newcomers to meet other garden enthusiasts.
  • There are about 24 community gardens in Jackson County. With so many locations, it’s not hard to find a community garden nearby so you won’t have to travel far to garden.
  • Some gardens, such as the Community Garden at Blue Heron Park, have “enabled garden plots,” which are built high enough to make gardening easier for people in wheelchairs or who have other physical disabilities. If a community garden near you doesn’t have these accommodations, apply for a grant from the Community Garden Network.
  • Community gardens provide water, soil and tools for free or a small membership fee, so new gardeners don’t need to spend a lot of money to start gardening, and gardeners don’t have to lug items back and forth. However, it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of gardening gloves, wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and water bottle.
  • Gardening in a community garden doesn’t need to be time and energy intensive. Find out which crops or flowers are easiest to grow, start small, or share a plot with someone else. If you go on vacation, there’s always someone around who will help out in your garden plot while you’re away.
  • Community gardening thrives from friendly participation and good gardening etiquette: keep your plot maintained and the pathways weeded; keep tools clean and replace after use; avoid growing tall plants that will shade a nearby plot; resist the temptation to pick plants and produce from other garden plots; observe garden restrictions against using chemical/non-organic pesticides and growing marijuana.
  • Most of all, get ready to enjoy an awesome experience in a garden with others who love gardening as much as you do!

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