Get three or more gardeners together on an empty lot and what you get is a neighbor vegetable garden. Don't let that space go to waste is the gardener's motto. Of course, make sure you have the owner of the lot's permission before planting anything. Make the next community gardening project a little different.
Children are fascinated by plants, bugs and butterflies. All of which happen in a neighborhood vegetable garden. Have the children choose their favorite vegetables. Try some unusual varieties of common vegetables as well. Beets come in red of course, but they also come in gold, white and candy striped. Tomatoes, which most children love, are yellow, pink, orange, green and chocolate. All still tasting like tomatoes. Good vegetables for children to plant because the seeds are big are corn, peas, beans, squash and pumpkin. Other seeds that sprout quickly, to encourage the child with fast results, are lettuces, radishes and leafy greens.
Food Bank Garden
Food banks need all kinds of food. Fresh food sometimes isn't as available because it's perishable. People don't make donations of something that will spoil quickly. Raising vegetables in a garden with an agreement in place with a church or food bank for donations solves that problem. Vegetables like carrots, potatoes and onions are usually cheaply priced at the market. They are also crops that have a long maturity time. Instead raise vegetables like lettuces, spinach, tomatoes and beans which can be harvested more often and throughout the summer.
One of the most common types of neighborhood gardens is the produce co-op. Everyone contributes seeds and plants, works the garden and then shares in the produce. Co-op gardens are a good idea but can run into trouble. Not everyone likes all the vegetables. Some people don't work as hard as others. Members may forget to bring needed equipment. The American Community Garden Association suggests an agreed to plan should be in place before starting to avoid these problems with. Canvass the members for their must-have veggies. Sell the excess produce to raise funds for next year's garden.
Try different cuisines by raising ethnic vegetables. Italian gardens include tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant and summer squash, along with basil, garlic and oregano. Asian cuisine uses bok choy, soy beans, yard long beans, Chinese cabbage, snap peas, lemon grass and cilantro. Section the garden and plant vegetables of several cuisines.