Community Gardens: Start Small and Grow

The Spring Creek Community Garden continues to progress.  We hope to start ripping the soil in the coming days and begin building garden plots in one week.  Starting a community garden can be a difficult task to take on, but the rewards of creating community and enjoying your hard work with your neighbors is worth the effort.  Neo-Traditional Neighborhoods as well as historic “traditional” neighborhoods are great places to start a community garden.  The densities created in TND’s  and historic neighborhoods lend themselves to great communities, but more importantly in regards to gardening is the limitation of sunlight on personal properties.  The community garden allows the option of having a garden in more urban setting (Transect zones 4-6 for those familiar with the transect and the SmartCode).

In Spring Creek, we are providing four options for garden plots:  4-ft x 8-ft; 4-ft x 12-ft; and 4-ft x 16-ft.  We are utilizing a 4-ft width for the garden plots so the user does not need to physically step into the garden for planting and maintenance.  When you step into the garden, the soil loses a great number of nutrients from compaction.  We hope that the appropriate width with alleviate this.  The following image is an illustration I created for the participants to understand the garden plots and also to be used as a guide for construction.  You will notice that I have added a children’s plot to the garden.  A children’s garden plot is an important addition to a garden because in a neighborhood where a lot of young families live, it is necessary to provide some sort of like activity for the children of the users.  The particular location for this garden is on a parcel of land that will some day include a playground and other features of a traditional pocket park.

Community Garden Concept with the Reserved Plots Highlighted.

We are planning to build a few of the plots for the first year, primarily the plots that have been reserved by neighbors with a few extra plots for the users not yet familiar with the garden.  The HOA of the neighborhood will initially fund the construction materials for the plots and in time, the dues from the garden will pay for the garden.  The primary cost to starting up a community garden is the water tap fees, which is over $9,000 in Colorado Springs for a 3/4″ tap.

Related Blog Posts: 

1.  Another View of Upcoming Community Garden

2. Primary Illustration of the Community Garden in Spring Creek.

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