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What makes the Live and Thrive Garden Group different from others

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, April 05, 2010

Community Gardens are popping up everywhere but they can be quite different on how they are set up and run, which is a good thing, since there is something for everyone.

My Community Garden Group is set up quite different than other local groups.

Here are a few benefits of working in my community garden group:

1. We have NO waiting lists. Since we have up to 2 1/2 acres to garden in this year, we are always looking for people who want to work in the gardens and enjoy the fruits of their labors!

2. We don't sell plots to individuals. Everyone works together on whatever needs to be done in our gardens. You can work for 30 minutes or 2 hours. You pick whatever days you want to work. Choose to work in a garden closest to home if you like, since we have 4 gardens in the Salt Lake valley. RSVP is required before coming - even if it's 10 minutes before you arrive.

3. You receive harvest from the entire 2 1/2 acres and not just from your own individual plot. You can work whenever you like, including skipping a month or two if necessary and when you come back to work, all the gardens have continued to progress, even without your help.

3. The more often you come, the more you learn about ALL aspects of growing a garden. Because we have different types of gardens i.e. vertical, square foot, waterfall, large irrigation gardens, small drip line gardens, flower gardens, hoophouses, etc. you receive valuable experience working in all types of gardens.

4. Everyone is on the honor code, but we ask each member to work at least 25 hours over the 8 month season, which isn't much considering how much harvest you receive during that time.

5. In addition to working together as a team, we offer a variety of mini classes that teach our members about seeds, preserving the harvest, growing seeds indoors, learning how to prune, working in greenhouses, hoophouses and high tunnels, working with a variety of soils, learning how to grow veggies, herbs, flowers, etc.

6. We have several Master Gardeners in our group! Besides learning from them you will work next to many skilled gardeners who can answer questions you have.

7. Work close to home. Even though we have 4 garden locations in the Salt Lake valley (South Jordan, Riverton, Holladay and Taylorsville)you can work close to home and bring your children to help do the work.

8. Work anytime during the week, except for Sunday. This is the only day we don't work in any of the gardens. All of our properties belong to private homeowners. An RSVP is required when working in our gardens so we know who is there and we make sure that everyone is working efficiently.

9. Cost to be part of my group: $50/household for the entire garden season.

10. We provide tools, expertise, land, water, etc. You help us provide the labor!

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