Community gardening: How to help beautify your neighborhood

by Wendy Wiegand 02/27/2023

Community gardening offers a slew of benefits such as creating green space, growing fresh food and maintaining native species, to name a few. They also bring communities together and help build strong relationships with your neighbors, all while helping to keep your neighborhood looking fantastic.

But how do you get started beautifying the neighborhood with a community garden? What steps should you take to help get others involved? What exactly can you grow in one?

Here are a few key answers to help you and your neighbors get started beautifying your neighborhood with a community garden:

Find a plot to start

You may have the perfect idea for where to start, but for those who don’t, try starting on an abandoned plot of land or area that you and your neighbors have been given permission to garden on. Use plots with enough land for your plants to grow and where multiple people can work together.

You’ll also want to ensure you have permission from the owners if the land is private property, or the city if it’s public property.

Clean, soil & plant

After you’ve selected your vacant lot, it’s time to clean the area. Make sure to clean up any trash, debris or organic plant matter from the property. Once cleaned, create the planters you’re going to use. You can grow plants in just about any planter, from concrete to wood to recycled materials.

Once you’ve designed your area and created your planters, it’s time to replenish the soil. Try to avoid clay soil if at all possible. In fact, using soil provided by a local hardware or gardening store should provide you with the correct amount of nutrients for starting your plants. Just be sure to get assistance if you don’t know which one to start with.

Now you have your cleaned area, planters and soil. Time to plant. If possible, choose a few plants native to your area. You can also start growing food to donate as a community or use in your own recipes. Regardless of what plants you select, make sure they’re hardy plants with a good resistance to the elements.

Use seed balls in harsher areas with more threats to ensure more of your plants survive. This method helps protect your seeds while providing the young plants that do sprout nutrients to grow and thrive.

Get together & maintain it

As your garden grows and food crops and native plants start to show, you and your neighbors will be able to set schedules to prune, water and design your garden as you need to. For areas that could use a few extra pieces, plant seeds in areas you know have no roots growing beneath the surface.

When your garden gets going, all empty spots and design areas taken care of, you’ll be able to maintain it together, building a great community and beautiful gardens that will amplify your neighborhood’s green space.

Community gardens and urban farming are great ways to increase your community’s interaction with each other, grow plants - including food - that will help maintain your ecosystem and create an incredible aesthetic you can all enjoy.

About the Author

Wendy Wiegand

As a premier real estate agent in Carlsbad, I’m here to provide you with all the resources and information you need to buy or sell real estate. I work with buyers and sellers in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista and the surrounding areas and I’ve had extensive training in the latest real estate marketing strategies.  I’m confident that I can offer you knowledge and tools most other agents can’t.

I believe in service, both to my clients and our community. When working with clients, you can be assured I am focused on providing the most comprehensive and dedicated effort so that you can achieve the best results possible when buying or selling real estate. I am also deeply involved in serving our community, as you and I all call it home. I have been a member of Rotary since 2003, have been an active member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce since 2006, and serve on the board of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. Perhaps my even deeper service to my clients and our community is Wiegand Realty’s participation in Business for a Cause.

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