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My dad is giving me a community garden plot for my birthday (I'm so excited). I noticed that a lot of people plant in boxes, and a lot of people plant just in the ground. What do you guys do, and does anyone else have a plot at a community garden?
 

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I don't have one, but our city has a garden like that (new). I know somebody is growing artichokes, and I can't remember. I have to stop by and look at them, as soon as I figure out where they're at.
 

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Congratulations! I looked into a plot in the community garden at the nearby arboretum, but they said the wait list was several years.<br><br>
I plant in raised beds at my parents house. It is easier to keep the soil loose, which helps the plants. Plus if you lay down weed cloth on the bottom of the bed, it will help to keep those from sprouting up.
 

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My area has a community garden outfit. I also grow some things at my house, but I didn't want to dig up the whole lawn- and anyway, I'm using the lawn to supplement my rabbit's food. (I found out what grasses are growing in it, and verified that they are suitable as grazing animals' food. I also don't use pesticides.)<br><br>
Our group gets donations of seeds and plants which did not sell. Sometimes the seeds don't sprout- acorn squash usually grows well for me but the seeds I picked were 5 years old and nothing happened. But usually things work out well. Sometimes we get donations of unusual or heirloom varieties.<br><br>
My only complaint is that it's a 35-minute walk from my house and that cuts down on the time I spend over there- which really should be more!
 

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After reading this post I looked into community garden plots in my city and there are quite a few. It's exciting to see that I can buy myself one if I want. It's a bit late in the season for me to get started with one, especially since I've planted most of my stuff on my balcony already. I've been doing the container gardening thing and it works well for most things, but I would love a garden plot for plants that need extra room for their roots (like tomatoes). I'm getting tired of dragging home potted soil each summer, and since I'm moving in the fall I don't know if I'll end up with a sunny apartment with agood balcony.<br><br>
I'll probably try the community garden plot thing next summer if I can find one that's close to where I'll be living. My only concern with it is that it'll be too out of the way for me to visit very often and I'll get too lazy to go. We'll see though.<br><br>
How does the watering work? Do people take turns watering all of the plants?
 

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After reading this post I looked into community garden plots in my city and there are quite a few. It's exciting to see that I can buy myself one if I want. It's a bit late in the season for me to get started with one, especially since I've planted most of my stuff on my balcony already. I've been doing the container gardening thing and it works well for most things, but I would love a garden plot for plants that need extra room for their roots (like tomatoes). I'm getting tired of dragging home potted soil each summer, and since I'm moving in the fall I don't know if I'll end up with a sunny apartment with agood balcony.<br><br>
I'll probably try the community garden plot thing next summer if I can find one that's close to where I'll be living. My only concern with it is that it'll be too out of the way for me to visit very often and I'll get too lazy to go. We'll see though.<br><br>
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No, you manage your own space. The one I'm at stipulates everything must be organic, which is wonderful, and if you leave your area untended parks and rec will revoke your spot and give it to someone else (after giving you notice and time to fix it).
 

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I just started my organic community plot a month or so ago. My plan was to go there and copy everyone else because I have no frickin' idea how to grow anything. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending how you look at it, there is no best way to do it. The one thing I've learned is that everyone does it differently (which makes it very hard to copy).<br><br>
What are you planning to grow? that could dictate your strategy. Even without really knowing what i'm doing almost all of my veggies are growing well so far.<br><br>
When I signed up for the plot a few months ago, I had the mentality of "eh put a seed in the ground, give it sun, give it water, it'll grow", then people started asking me all kinds of questions about what I was planting that I didn't really know how to answer, and that got me worried that it was a lot more complicated than it sounded, but now that it's all sprouted and getting taller I'm back to my happy place. Ask me next week though who knows.
 
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