posted on May, 4 2016 @ 09:53 AM
You HAVE to think about obstacles...eventually.
We have our own garden, but helped to create a small community garden here where we live.
Ideally, you'll be able to use raised beds to cut down on prep work each year. You might need donations of soil, compost and seed. It will be VERY
proactive for you to put together a starter pack for your community gardeners to help them make decisions about what to plant, how to plant, when to
plant. This will greatly increase the happiness of your gardeners, and the gardens output.
If your garden beds are small, it's nice to have info for gardeners related to square foot gardening.
If you're looking for donations from gardeners, you'll probably need to provide some extra benefits. Volunteers here put on hour or so long weekend
seminars at the gardens like: worm composting; straw bale gardening; seed saving; foraging, etc.
You'll also need to chose a spot where the sun/shade ratio is ideal.
It's a lot of work, but it's really rewarding.
Also, make it colourful, and fun to be at. Each gardener will need adequate space. Maybe paint a mural, or paint the garden boxes with themes.
When it comes to crops like potatoes, peas, and other crops that don't like to be in the same spot every year, it's nice to have one large in ground
bed for these where the crops can be divided between users. It saves space, headaches, and ensures the health of the individual garden beds.