Question: What Are Community Gardens or Pea Patches?
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I keep hearing about “community gardens” or “pea patches.” What are they?
Community gardens have been around for a while, but they’ve certainly gained in popularity over the past decade! Community gardens consist of sections or plots of land that are gardened by a group of people, usually from the surrounding neighborhood. The gardens provide access to grow fresh produce and plants, as well as a sense of community, connection to the environment, and a new appreciation for gardening. It’s a great way for families to get kids involved in gardening when perhaps home growing space is limited.
A Pea Patch is essentially the same thing. In the UK, they refer to them as Allotment Gardens. (Want to meet an allotment gardener?) Regardless of what they call them, the basic set up is a piece of land is set up in specific size individual plots. Each plot is rented for the year by participants. Usually there is an annual fee to rent, which contributes to community tools, compost, etc. Many times there are also common chores that are split up and assigned to each participant, effectively sharing the needed upkeep and labor for common areas among the participants.
These gardens foster a great sense of neighborhood pride, new friendships, opportunities to learn about gardening, and sharing knowledge, not to mention the key focus, a wonderful crop of bounty to eat and share!
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