Garden Basics 2017

Every year Lawrence residents enjoy spending time outside and growing our own vegetables and flowers in the 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:

Follow Lawrence garden on Instagram: lawrencegarden.

Best Reasons to Garden

  • Great way to meet your neighbors. This year we are going to have regular group gardening days (with donuts).
  • New Jersey is the Garden State. It is relatively easy to grow lots of tasty vegetables, economical herbs, and beautiful flowers.
  • Tools, water, compost, and mulch are provided.
  • Garden fence and locked gate keeps out deer, groundhogs, and bunnies (but not baby bunnies — still a plus for some).
  • Choose the plot size you want, roughly from 100 to 300 sq. ft. For a beginner, 100-200 sq. ft. is a good size with plenty of space for good plants and less space for weeds.


The sign-up link will be posted here on the website and distributed via email to the general Lawrence Apartments listserv.

After signing up, gardeners will be 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

Gardening typically begins in April or May. In March or April gardeners clean up remaining debris from the past season and when the weather is dry the University tills the ground. The garden coordinator then assigns plots and opens the garden. The last frost date here is around early- to mid-May.

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 any cages, plastic, pots, or other items in storage.

Lawrence Gardening Tips 2017

Coming soon. This longer post will cover details specific to our climate and garden setup, including growing tips, shared resources, composting, and more.

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