We have two vegetable gardens. The one in our backyard, which I posted last Thursday about and the other is in the City's Community Garden. A lot of cities have areas where the community can garden, either a church, sometimes some city land. Here we have both plus the Pioneer Co-Op has land for their members and the University of Iowa has an area they allow alumni or students to garden as well.. The organization will charge a small fee for the use of the plot. This is great for those who do not have access to a back yard or like us who just love to garden and try to get as much as we can to get us through at least the Fall. We are very concerned about our gardens this year due to all the rain. We garden at the City's Community Garden. You have a choice of a large garden 10 x 50 feet for $20 (The gardening season is May through October 1st) or 10 x 25 feet for $10. We have one of the larger ones. The City's Community is located at one of the city parks. Here is a picture of our plot. There are plots to the left and right of it as well.
What I love about the community garden is seeing the other gardens too. I love seeing the different styles people garden. This one is near ours and I think it is pretty with all the colored cages and vegetation.
See the section of corn? This guy plants it every year. He gets one of the small plots and only plants sweet corn.
This gardener uses straw between his/her plants.
This style I have never seen before. They are using wood shavens as a compost. It is also two small plots next to one another, like Todd wants next year.
We love our gardens and yes they are a lot of work but they do give us much satisfaction. We harvested two cauliflower plants tonight in our backyard garden. I can not believe how much growth they had in less than a week. If you are interested in community gardens, you should check with your city hall, if they do not have one I am sure they have a list of churches or other organizations which have plots available to garden. Ours does you may be surprised to find out you have them available as well.