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10 Great Ways Your Family Can Help Clean Local Parks


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Plant a Community Garden
Grow veggies with your community and share the bounty (and responsibility).
Grow veggies with your community and share the bounty (and responsibility).
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Of course, you can exercise your green thumb in other ways, too. Starting a community garden in your park will bring bright and cheery fun for everyone to enjoy! Even better, this will be an ongoing project that will keep the community invested in the park for years to come.

Before you start, survey the area to determine where you want to plant your garden. Think about what you want to grow: flowers or herbs and veggies? Consider planting flowers around trees and walkways, or create a special garden space that's enclosed by shrubs or a fence. Add a bench so people can sit and admire the flowers, and make the entrance special by coaxing flower vines over an arched trellis.

The key to a successful community garden is choosing plants that work for your climate and soil type. Pick a variety for dimension, color and interesting textures. Set up a community calendar to ensure that the space gets regularly watered, weeded and pruned.


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