Below are some pictures of our '08 garden. these were all taken in July.
A healthy Zucchini plant
This is a partial answer to your question Vendor Hippo. We drove by the proposed site for the Henderson community garden and here are some thoughts.
For the most part the grade is fine. There are one or two places that it might be a good idea to move a few shovelfuls of dirt after you till. On the weed condition it would probably be a good idea to rake out the area before you till; both to remove some of the excess weed seed and also to remove all of the rocks and concrete chunks.
We estimate that you could probably get 24-32 plots with an approximate size of 10’X9’. Plot size depends on:
· How large you want your plots.
· How wide you want your paths in the garden (the above figure is based on 3 foot wide paths.)
· What type and how large you want your aesthetically pleasing areas.
There are many options on how to make the community garden aesthetically pleasing. Such as:
· A nice fence around the community garden.
· Rocked border.
· Paths with landscape fabric and crushed rock or pavers (path stones).
· Flower garden area or planters
Plants: What types of plants do you want to plant around the garden? You could plant flowering annuals or perennials (annuals last one year and perennials last more than two years.) You could plant some low maintenance perennials and /or bulbs. Irises would be low maintenance and would be green all summer, don’t require a lot of water, and come back every year. Low maintenance shrubs would also be very aesthetically pleasing. You could even plant on the main sides a couple of dwarf trees. If you plant marigolds around the community garden it will be both aesthetically pleasing and marigolds help with garden pests (some pests don’t like marigolds.) there are also other flowering plants that help keep garden pests out. However marigolds are annuals.
Accessories could include some nice benches, rocks, trellis, etching stones ect. It all depends on what your community would like and your budget for this year.
What you choose to do this year will determine how aesthetically pleasing the community garden is.Having a garden there will probably be (with a little work) much more aesthetically pleasing than just leaving it to the weeds, even if you don’t do any rock or shrubs this year. However, something as simple as putting a rocked border around the garden will transform the area immensely.So you need to consider what you want to do.
Lastly, what are you going to do about water…
For those of you who would like us to simplify our last post here are our recommendations. I definitely recommend tilling in the spring (if you till in the fall you would still have to till in the spring.)Although you soil Ph will affect which crops grow best in your garden below are some types that I have found fairly easy to grow.
Look at the list above and decide what you like and what you want to grow. However, a very good start is to put zucchini in your garden. It is a true beginner’s crop. Something else I highly recommend is to put Biosol fertilizer down. It is made for organic growing and we have had great success with it. If applied at the recommended rate it will not burn your plants! Apply it after you till at a rate of 14 pounds/1,000 square feet. One thing to bear in mind as you select your plants, most plants does not grow well in shade. Most things grow best 3/4 to full sun.