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Urban Gardening Concepts

It’s been an insane few weeks preparing for the Public Library Association Annual Conference!  I have a lot more I’d like to share, but time has gotten away from me.  So here are a few ideas to get started for urban food education!

If you’re in an urban library, you can still teach patrons quite a bit about gardening, even if you don’t have a lot of green space.

For instance, you can grow lettuce, herbs and microgreens near a window.  There are a ton of great tutorials out there to check out!

If you have just a small bit of dirt running along a wall, consider growing peas.  Peas are easy to start now, and they’ll grow up a small trellis or string along the side of your building!

If you have some space ( a few feet ) to place a container, consider potatoes!  Using a collapsing pot let’s you grow potatoes during the season, then remove the dirt and the pot easily in the fall!

And don’t forget window boxes.  With a window box you can grow dwarf varieties of snap/sugar peas, edible flowers, herbs and more!

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Let’s talk gardening grants…

Yes, that’s a real thing.  You can write a grant that helps you cover the expenses of a garden at your library!  WOW!  Okay, we’re running out of time…so let’s get crackin’ on those applications…

Here are two coming up soon (found through kidsgardening.org – a fantastic website!)

March 1 – 2012 Mantis Award (to receive a Mantis tiller/cultivator)

April 1 – 2012 Midwest Garden Grant (for those living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin)

Regional/Local Grants

This is the time when grant applications are about to be due.  I found an astonishing amount of regional and local gardening and food education grants across the country.  Try search terms like your city/region/state name and ‘gardening grants 2012’.

Many local branches of Master Gardeners offer local grants!  Reach out to your local group if you don’t already have a working relationship with them!