Q: Who is the garden for?
A: It is set up for the neighbors who live nearby, Brighton Center clients, and for others who want to grow their own food.
Q: How big is a garden box?
A: The box is four feet by eight feet (4×8). It has 32 square feet of growing area. Experienced and lucky gardeners can grow about 50 pounds of food in a garden that size.
Q: How do I get a garden box?
A: Step One- fill out a request form (on paper or online); Step Two- read and sign the Gardener’s Agreement; Step Three- attend a basic gardening class one of the gardener’s classes.
Q: I don’t really know how to garden, but I want to learn. Can you help me get started?
A: Yes. We can match experienced garden mentors with new gardeners to help figure out when to plant and what grows best here.
Q: Can I grow anything I want in my garden?
A: Mostly. We would rather you don’t grow certain invasive plants like mint or morning glory. These gardens are mostly for food, so while some flowers are good, please don’t just grow flowers. Some crops like corn and potatoes don’t grow well in a small garden.
Q: What grows best in these gardens?
A: The most popular crops for small garden here are tomatoes, peppers, kale, collards, lettuce, spinach, carrots, onions, broccoli, okra, and eggplants, among others. We will provide lots of information to help you make successful garden choices.