Little Big Garden Helpers

Everyone knows the basic garden equipment and tools you'll need when you start gardening. Shovel? check. Trowel? check. Gloves? check. 

Experienced gardeners slowly accumulate their own personal collection of unusual tools, gadgets, and supplies they find themselves using again and again. I present to you my little stash of helpers. 

First though, a little context. I garden at a community garden and gardeners have to bring...

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Community Gardens and Covid-19

As I write this, we are about 8 weeks into the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. We are starting some tentative steps to reopen businesses and our society. It looks, however, like social distancing is going to be with us for a long while.

I was so worried that our community garden wouldn't open! It's a community group, so the natural reaction would be that people aren't allowed to congregate, so shut it down!

Thankfully, cooler...

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Best Crops for Beginners in the Community Garden

I think it's weird to call them "crops." I mean, I only have a few of each plant. A "crop" seems like it should be miles and miles of planted farmland. 

I haven't found a better word though. Crops it is. 

A crop is the collection of a specific kind of plant, no matter if you have 1 or 100 plants. Example: in my garden I'll plant 64 carrots, 32 lettuce, 16 Swiss chard plants. That's 3 crops: carrots, lettuce, and Swiss...

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How a Community Garden Works

If you don't know much about community gardens, I think you will find this post helpful. Sorry it's a bit long. 

I will explain how a community garden typically works.

A community garden is usually run by a board or committee. They have established procedures for how the garden runs, including their administration of the property, how people become members, and how members conduct themselves. Sometimes the board/committee is part of...

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