The Community Garden at Sheppard Family Park gives High Riverites a chance to feed themselves the old fashioned way - by growing their own food.
There are 28 20 by 20 foot garden plots on the site. Gardeners rent the plots annually. Sorry, the garden plots are all booked for 2011 and there is an extensive waiting list.
Every Spring in Alberta comes at a different time and as we always till the ground and mark the plots in the Spring for the upcoming season, you have to wait to plant till everything is ready to go. We will let you know when we're ready. Only then will gardeners be given the go ahead and the usual mad dash of planting crops begins.
Some of our gardeners are beginners, some have a ton of experience. It would be great to share the knowledge. Go to the Gardening Tips page to either share some of your good ideas or to ask a question if you have a problem. We'll post the tips and questions as we get them.
In this area the growing season is short and the weather unpredictable. Most people grow some root crops - beets, carrots and potatoes. These can generally survive our wacky springs.
In 2009 we planted beans in late May but the snow in early June wiped them out. It also wiped out our neighbors tomatoes. We live in hope.
The Garden Group has tried hard not to regulate too much of the gardening experience but here are some "rules"we must ask you to follow.
All gardeners are asked to volunteer in areas of the park. The garden fees are nominal so to be fair help out elsewhere.