Get ready, National Garden Month is right around the corner! Individuals, communities, and organizations celebrate gardening during the month of April through a variety of gardening initiatives promoted by the National Gardening Association. This April, let’s strive to make our country a more livable place by making it greener and healthier!
The National Gardening Association provides 101 ways to celebrate National Gardening Month in your classroom or community. Some of these activities include hosting a plant swap, organizing a community green-up day, and organizing a garden poetry circle.
Well, what better way is there to celebrate National Garden Month than creating your own community garden? Bonnie Plants provides us with tips on how to get started:
- Form a garden club to be in charge where everybody has different responsibilities. This is important because the garden needs to be maintained daily.
- Raise money and other support through sponsorships and fundraisers such as bake sales and car washes.
- Locate supplies in local communities and look for organizations that would donate. Make a list of the supplies you need and go from there!
- Clean up the site to get ready for gardening. All vegetation needs to be removed and some heavy equipment may need to be rented, depending on the amount of clean up that needs to be done.
- Schedule regular trash pick-up once the garden is established. Contact your city council person for help with that.
- Schedule a meeting to design the garden. You’ll have to decide on how many garden plots you’ll have and where they will be located.
- Set some rules among gardening members in order to meet goals!
- Get liability insurance. It’s worth the research to discover what garden liability insurance covers and how to get it.
So get ready and start creating a plan for your school or community garden today! For more tips on how to get your gardening started, sign up for the Green Thumb Challenge. The Green Thumb Challenge provides great gardening curriculum and activities that could be used as the perfect way to celebrate National Garden Month, even if you can’t start a garden at your school this year.Post by Sarah Kilburne, GEF Program Assistant