Have you ever wanted to create a community garden but thought: I just don’t have the time, resources, or space? Though community gardens are a great way to get people active while creating a new source for healthy food, they can take a lot of work to develop and maintain. Luckily, there are options.
Square foot gardening is a method that simplifies the process to more efficiently use the space that’s available. Essentially, the method involves building a raised plant bed, creating a grid – each square being 1 ft2 – and planting your desired produce within the grids.
Earlier this year, the Thomas County Coalition in Thomas County, KS held a Square Foot Gardening Workshop in preparation for building a few later in the year. Between April and May, coalition members, local students and members of the community built four square foot gardens in different parts of the community.
Many residents were, and continue to be, excited about this opportunity and jumped at the chance to be involved. Volunteers are being utilized to help tend, water and weed these new gardens throughout the summer. In addition to being active and giving back to the community, volunteers will get to take home some delicious produce in exchange for their efforts. What’s being grown varies. While two gardens are salsa themed the other two are growing a variety of produce, chosen by the volunteers.
This activity has proven to be fun for all ages, and as you can see from the pictures below, even the youngest residents were excited to get involved and do their part!
All pictures courtesy of the Thomas County Coalition.