Great Ideas From a Community Garden

community Garden idea-1I really like these Vegetable garden pictures taken at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia. This garden’s volunteers produce tons of fresh food every year, and their good management skills are on display. I appreciate their use of sturdy, durable materials. The elevated beds, extra-large containers (water troughs from the farm store), and trellising using repurposed materials make for a great garden. Anytime we can get those plants up to a more user-friendly height by using raised beds or containers, we make more gardeners happy.

Valuable to all vegetable gardens of any size are rebar (home store, both 4′ and 6′ lengths), bamboo stakes, biodegradable twine, and mulch, plenty of mulch. I prefer to mulch my vegetables with wheat straw which I bring home in January, wet, and let soften. I am careful to avoid placing this wet straw right up against the stems of newly planted seedlings, and I keep an eye out for slugs and other garden pests.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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