Q. How do I start a community garden in a vacant lot in my neighborhood?

There is an enormous lot on my street, probably about 4 row homes wide and two deep. It is currently overgrown with grass and small shrubbery, and is full of trash. It appears that people hang out outside on the sidewalks and smash bottles there at night. There is huge potential for a wonderful garden. It gets great sunlight, and the space could be just amazing. I have many friends and interested community members who would love to volunteer to transform the space. I am an avid gardener, but I don't know what steps to take in order to begin a project like this. I have some photographs that I can provide, if interested. Please help!

Answer

Sign up for the  the PHS Garden Tenders program.  Here you will find the information and the contacts you will need, as well as answers to your questions about funding and securing the property.  There will likely be a Garden Tenders class starting in late winter or early spring. Contact Sally McCabe so that you can be notified of the next Garden Tenders session. 

The PHS McLean Library is an excellent information source on starting a community garden and PHS Members can borrow books. The library staff puts together useful subject guides with great resources on this topic:

Community Gardening

Intensive Gardening

Raised Beds, hot and cold frames, and hoop houses

Food Gardening

Complete List of Subject Guides

These resources include "best of" books, websites, articles and more. Good luck and happy gardening!

  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Janet Evans

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