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Benefits and types of community gardens

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Usually, when we think of a community garden, what comes to mind are organized urban gardens. There are however, many other kinds of community gardens. Some are formal. Some are not. All of them have multiple benefits. A community garden could be a vacant lot or simply a plot at a neighbors house. Community gardens are the perfect solution for people who live in apartments or who rent a home where the landlord prefers that they not garden. What are some other types and benefits of community gardening?

Community gardens are not limited to urban locations. Many rural communities share garden space as well. Some communities will divide their gardens into individual plots. Others will work on the entire garden together.

You may find some community gardens located on rooftops. This provides a getaway for the city dweller. He/she can commune with nature even when there is no yard space available. Rooftop gardens can utilize pots or larger garden beds.

A community garden can be used to grow flowers and other plants as well as produce. Some community gardeners sell their home grown goods. Others elect to use it themselves. Some do a combination of both. Some community gardens donate a portion of their produce to local food banks.

A community garden is a good way to keep your budget in check. A packet of seeds costs under 2.00. It can produce 4 or more bushels of vegetables. Homegrown produce is also much fresher and tastier than the store bought version.

Belonging to a community garden gives you a chance to socialize with your neighbors. You will develop a better sense of involvement and belonging. You'll be interacting with people of similar interests, as well as people with differing ideas. Community gardening often leads to the establishment of other community projects.

Gardening brings a sense of accomplishment. You've taken a wasted space and turned it into something beautiful. The entire neighborhood will likely enjoy the benefits of your hard work, even those who are not directly involved with the garden.

A community garden is an educational opportunity. You learn from your fellow gardeners. You can also involve local children. This gives them an outlet for their creativity. It keeps them busy and out of more harmful pursuits. A sense of pride in their community can go a long way toward pointing them down the right path.

Senior citizens can be a fountain of information concerning "old time" pursuits such as gardening. Many are lonely and have plenty of time on their hands. Social involvement and a feeling of being needed are not only important to them, but give them a longer life. Check with local homes for seniors to see if anyone is interested in joining your community garden.

Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a closed Yahoo! property.

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