Posted: July 3, 2014
Over the last forty years, 21 community gardens have been planted in the City of London. Community gardening has many wonderful benefits, including exercise and access to fresh and nutritious food. The gardens also provide opportunities for building relationships while creating beautiful spaces for picnics and activities amongst neighborhoods.
Once you’ve decided that you want to be a part of a community garden, you can visit the London Community Resource Centre to locate a garden near you. From the LCRC you can rent a plot for a small fee and even keep the plot for years to come!
Here are a few tips to help get you started:
- Make sure your plot is close to home so you can maintain your garden regularly!
- Research other community gardens and make sure you have commitment from at least 5 community members to assure upkeep and maintenance of the garden.
- Make sure you have the proper equipment: wheelbarrow, shovels, spades, forks, garden hose, gardening gloves, etc.
- Involve gardeners in communal tasks such as building a shed, planting flowers, and cleaning common areas.
- Stay organized by designating a garden facilitator, or one or two committees to help the garden run smoothly.
- Set up regular meetings where you can discuss mutual concerns as a group and make sure new gardeners are informed on garden use, participation at events, disposal of garbage, cleaning, etc.
- Post signs and put up fencing as precautionary measures against vandalism or theft.
- Start small, and share gardening experience with others.
- Enjoy the fruits of your labour!