Giving Back With Community Gardens
Having your own garden is a richly rewarding experience; but theres something even more enjoyable about introducing your friends and neighbors to the joys of landscaping. In the true spirit of YardSharing, some of our members are involved in creating and maintaining community gardening areas. Urban neighborhoods are ideal locations for joint landscaping ventures. Even if only a small percentage of your neighbors participate, there are many hands to make light work of lawn and garden care. Where Theres a Will, Theres a Garden This community in central Queens, New York was host to anemic turf that got shaded out by trees and 6 story buildings on all sides. Obviously, it was time to put the gardens back in this Kew Gardens neighborhood. Landscaping designer Renata got to work and turned this locale around with delightfully furnished beds. She says that no one notices the lack of lush lawns anymore. This isnt just a pretty place to stroll. Its a real working garden. Theres a compost heap in the back to recycle the organic material collected throughout the year back into the landscape. This approach cuts down on the money spent on fertilizers to improve the soil. It does mean a few strong volunteers will need to take care of turning the compost to keep it rotting along at a reasonable pace.