Community Gardens ~ $20 and a Few Seeds=Cheap Fresh Vegetables!

Community Garden  - Located in My Hometown
United States
April 5, 2009 12:11pm CST
For many years I had a plot with community garden. My love of fresh vegetables and also to have my children learn of how to grow their own food prompted me to garden. I have always enjoyed gardening. It is great exercise too! Our home is located in a nice rural area. There are many trees that block out the sun and thus make it impossible to grow vegetables. We do have great perennial gardens that burst with color! Most of them grow with minimal sun and they flourish. The town we live in has a community garden and we are getting a plot this year for a minimal price of $20. Plots will be tilled and ready for planting in May. With the price of fresh vegetables on the rise we decided that having our own garden spot would be the best way to go. In our garden we will have a few tomato plants, green beans, wax beans, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, corn, radishes, carrots, dill, salad greens, and spinach. I would also like to have a couple of pepper plants too if there is enough room. As you can see from the photo the garden looks plenty big. I found it on the website that is from our town. One good thing about the location is that it is a 5 minute drive from where we live. I can't wait to get started! Your chance to have a plot in a community garden in your area could be just a phone call away. We called our local town clerk and found this one. A few packs of seed and some sweat equity will bring you a great harvest at little cost. Happy gardening!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I hadn't done a garden in MANY years because now is the time to get it in the ground and I'm way to busy at work. So my husband did it for me and we'll have fresh veggies this summer! We did way more than we originally planned to, but our yard is pretty big so we just made the plot a bit bigger.
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• United States
7 Apr 09
A friend asked if I would sell the produce we harvest. If the plot was big enough to support such a venture I would do this. Roadside stands that sell locally grown produce to quite well.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I don't know that I'll sell the extras - I know we'll have plenty! I am going to tell all my nieghbors to help themselves though, just pick a couple weeds out as they go :)
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• United States
8 May 09
I'm doing a small garden this year for the first time. I've always wanted to but never planned ahead. This year I'm growing carrots, cucumber, tomatos, and some sunflowers. Nothing big since it's my first time but I'm hoping everything works out. Good luck with your garden!
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• United States
9 May 09
If you enjoy fresh green beans I would suggest that you give them a try. They are easy to grow.
@PrarieStyle (2495)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I love gardening too. We don't have a community garden where I live but I'm going to have one at my daughters house. The surplus things I grow will be going into the freezer and I'll be taking some to give away at work. An idea I got from someone here at myLot. Campbells soup is offering free tomato seeds and donating them to community gardens at http://www.helpgrowyoursoup.com/Default.aspx
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• United States
7 Apr 09
Wow, I will look into that! Thanks for the link!
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I like the whole idea of a community garden, Elusive, and I hope that your family will soon be reaping the benefits of your labors. Now that I'm older I can appreciate the fact that we always kept a garden when I was growing up in Tennessee. There are lots of benefits to growing your own veggies, such as cutting the cost of fresh produce and not having to worry about the safety of the products because of the conditions they were grown under or processed in. If you want to take it a step further you could also learn to can if you don't know how.
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• United States
7 Apr 09
I know that more people are planting gardens in their backyards this year. Knowing where your produce is coming from is one reason that prompted many.
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I love having a garden. Nothing taste better hen homegrown fresh from the garden vegies. I am fortunate to have a nice place in my yard for a garden. Plenty of sun, good dirt. Where I live thereare community gardens, I don't know te details but I think its great. its really good for people who live in apartments but still want to grow vegies. Personally I think garden are beautiful, I love watching a garden grow. Enjoy.
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• United States
7 Apr 09
I love to feel the earth in my hands. Planting the seeds, keeping the garden free of weeds, nurturing the plants as they grow and then reaping the fruits of my labor are so therapeutic.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
6 Apr 09
Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope my garden turns out good this year. We are to get snow again though. I hate that.
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• United States
7 Apr 09
~sigh~ we are getting snow this week too. I can't wait for Mother Nature to shed her winter coat.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Our little community has the same thing..and lots of people subscribe to it and have their own little garden. I live by myself so it's not practical to have one...and I am not much of a gardener.....but it's a good idea for those who want to participate!
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• United States
5 Apr 09
Even when I lived in a small upstairs apartment I grew tomatoes in pots. I sat them on the rooftop! They did well because they got lots of sun!
@marguicha (101971)
• Chile
29 Sep 09
This year I also decided to make a veggie garden at my house. The spot is ready to plant and I already planted some tomato seeds in a pot meanwhile. In my country we are beginnings Spring. I will plant tomatoes, fava bean, green beans, a couple of cucumber plants and also zuchini. I´ll have rucule and peppers (sweet and hot). I also would like to palnt a couple of cucumber plants for pickling. Green like lettuce will be put in odd places.. And I´m experimenting at growing potatoes in sacs. The members of the onion family will also be present. I already have bunch onions, chives, garlic. YUMMY!!! I hope it will be less expensive. If it isn´t, anyway I´ll eat better as I will pick then and eat them. Happy gardening too!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
9 Jul 09
How is it going? Our city and a couple of country groups have just started community gardens this year. I hope everyone does well so it will keep going.
@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
16 May 09
It is so nice that you have a plot with community garden. I remember the enthusiasm of planting and reaping of our beans and corns several decades ago when we were on a college campus. Now we have gardens in front of the house, but up till recently it was regarded improper to plant vegetables there. They are for trees and flowers as we were told. But I saw recently the control is not so strict recently. Some people are growing melons, cucumbas, and tomatos, which look pretty in good shape. It is fun to bring own harvet at little cost. Happy gardening!
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@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
9 May 09
Wow, that's awesome. I wish that we had something like that in our town. I don't think that they do though. And for $20 that's even better and you'll get a variety you wouldn't be able to get as many veggies for that price at the grocery store. It's also good that it's so close.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
22 Apr 09
we dont have a lot of space to garden but my youngest daughter (who is 12), she absolutely loves to garden. last year we planted quite a few herbs and some tomatos. i love fresh herbs.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 09
It is a good idea that you plant vegetables on your house.
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