The garden in July 2017
Every year many Lawrence residents enjoy spending time outside and growing our own vegetables and flowers in our community garden. The garden is in the fenced-off area, about 1/3 acre, behind Building 14.
Read more below and get in touch with the garden coordinator to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Best Reasons to Garden
- Great way to meet your neighbors. Enjoy group gardening days (frequently with donuts) and get out of your department bubble.
- New Jersey is the Garden State. It is relatively easy to grow lots of tasty vegetables, economical herbs, and beautiful flowers.
- Each gardener receives an individual plot and you can choose how much space you want. One bed is roughly 3-feet by 8-feet. You can opt for just one or up to six, or even more, depending on availability.
- Water, compost, mulch, and many tools are provided and easy to access. A tall fence and locked gate keeps out deer, groundhogs, and bunnies (but not baby bunnies — still a plus for some).
Digging up sweet potatoes
The sign-up link is posted here on the website and distributed via email to the general Lawrence Apartments listserv in March.
After signing up, gardeners are added to the Lawrence garden listserv, which the garden coordinator uses to send important updates about garden access, shared resources, and community events.
This is a moderated listserv, meaning the coordinator must approve any messages sent to it. Gardeners may send occasional messages relevant to all, for example requests for help with watering during a gardener’s absence, but message approval is at the coordinator’s discretion.
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The Garden Year
Help the bees with marigolds and other flowers
Gardening typically begins in April or May. In March or April gardeners clean up remaining debris from the past season and put down fresh compost on the beds and mulch on the pathways. The garden coordinator then assigns plots and opens the garden.
New for 2018, we are moving to a low-till practice for preparing the garden in order to reduce the amount of weed seed brought up by our usual spring tillage.
After the garden opens gardeners begin planting purchased transplants or starting seeds. Things really take off after the last frost date, which is in early- to mid-May for this area.
Over the summer gardeners participate in community events and help take care of shared areas as well as tending the their own plots, watering, cultivating and removing weeds, and harvesting.
The end of the gardening season is about mid-October, when the first frost occurs. At the end of the season we clear our plots and put crop supports, plastic, pots, or other items in storage.
Then we dream about next year.
Lawrence Gardening Tips
Coming this year. This longer post will cover details specific to our climate and garden setup, including growing tips and more about shared resources, composting, and more.