Gardening methods forum: Community gardens

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Apr 10, 2012 10:02 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Community gardens are a great way to get a start in gardening, especially for city dwellers who don't have the space to plant a garden at their homes. They're also a cheap and easy way to build a sense of community, which in turn reduces crime and urban decay. I've always advocated for them, but it was brought back to my mind this morning by a local news story: I'm glad to see the idea getting a foothold in my area, and hope that more of the countless vacant lots are able to be transformed into vibrant, productive garden plots around the region.

Does anyone here belong to a community garden? Or do you have one in your community, even if you do your planting elsewhere? Does it seem like it lives up to the expectations, or does it cause problems for the neighbors? I'd love to hear your experiences - the whys, the hows, the pros, the cons, the funny anecdotes as well as the frustrations.

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