Garden Planning Tips
Bill's top 5 seed catalog picks based on Mother Earth News. These companies have signed the "Safe Seed Pledge" which is a commitment to sell non-GMO seed.
- Johnny's Selected Seeds
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Burpee Seeds & Plants
- Territorial Seed Company
When planning your garden take advantage of companion planting. This concept is simply any plant that is purposefully planted next to another to enhance growth, beauty or flavor. For the organic gardener this is important as companion planting can act as natural pesticide by repelling the bad bugs on a given plant or attracting the beneficial insects or provide shade for plants that need a break from the heat. There are many more benefits and this web site has lists of what plants work well together and ones that don't.
Kansas Community Garden Project Grant
The garden was awarded a grant by the Kansas Health Foundation! They produced this video featuring the garden and gardeners. Click the triangle button to play.
The grant has provided new garden benches, compost bins and a cedar tool shed.
Sites in the Garden
The garden's second year was very productive despite the hot and dry conditions. The Grace Garden plot donated 135 pounds of produce to the Valley View United Methodist Church's "Hope Chest" food pantry. Other gardeners shared their bounty resulting in 95 more pounds donated to various food pantries in the area. Twelve gardeners generously donated over 62 hours to assemble the tool shed.
The 2013 garden is fully leased. We begin a new wait list each year so if you would like to get on it for the 2014 growing season, use the Contact Us link and submit your name and the city you live in.
The garden is located at the Oak Park branch library (9500 Bluejacket St.).
"Adapt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
Ralph Waldo Emerson