Q. What is a raised bed garden?
A raised bed garden allows gardening in areas with hard compacted soil that is too difficult or impractical to till. A frame is built and filled with quality soil.
Q. What are some advantages of a raised bed garden?
It allows the gardener to purchase soil to place in the bed that is blended to produce a quality crop. Our garden supplies quality soil for all gardeners. Since the soil is easy to work, hand tools will usually suffice plus maintenance and weeding are quite easy. The plants/seeds can be placed fairly close together to provide maximum yield as well.
Q. What are some disadvantages of a raised bed garden?
When it is hot, sunny and breezy raised beds dry out faster than conventional tilled rows requiring more frequent watering. Fertilizer and amendments leach out of the soil quicker due to the watering, requiring more frequent application. Some vegetables requiring a deeper growing area might not be as large but will still produce a quality crop.
Q. What is a square foot garden?
The square garden is a raised bed garden that has a grid dividing the plot into square foot sections. Each section is planted with a specific amount of seeds / plants depending on the crop. For example you can plant one tomato plant per square or 9 spinach plants per square. Our Master Gardeners can help with what can be planted per square.
Q. What is composting?
Composting is an easy way to transform your garden and landscape trimmings and fruit and vegetable garbage into gold. Composting is recycling and saves you money by lowering your garbage bills and not having to buy commercial soil amendments. Using compost benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and reducing the use of fuel to transport off-site to process on a larger scale.
The compost helps your garden and container plants by improving the fertility and health of your soil plus saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reducing water runoff.
Our garden has a compost area that offers material that is ready to be used by our gardeners.
Q. What items can or cannot not be added to a compost pile?
- Grass clippings and leaves
- Shrub prunings
- Flowers (nothing invasive, like morning glories)
- Shredded paper products
- Fruit/vegetables (unseasoned and uncooked)
- Coffee grounds/tea bags
- Broken up egg shells
- Garden remains (bug/disease free)
Do NOT compost:
- Dairy products
- Greasy foods
- Dog and cat feces
- unchopped wood plants
- Diseases plants
Q. How do you use compost?
Compost is ready to use when the composted materials are reduced to dark, rich humus. Compost can be added to the soil at any time.
You can use compost for the following:
- Soil amending: Mix 4 to 6 inches into annual garden beds each year.
- Mulching: Spread 2 to 3 inches of compost over the soil around your plants.
- Potting Mix: Mix one part sand, two parts compost and one part soil. Ensure compost is fully decomposed.
Q. What types of crops are grown at the Crossroads Community Garden?
The long growing season in north Georgia makes it ideal for growing most vegetables. This is a list of just some of the vegetables, herbs and fruits suitable for growing in our raised beds throughout the year:
Plant in the spring and summer:
- Strawberries / melons
- Basil / parsley / cilantro
Plant in late summer for a winter harvest:
- Leaf lettuce
- Rutabaga Spinach
Planted in the fall for a spring harvest: