Gardening for Good Causes
Any gardening enthusiast can use his or her gardening skills to benefit others in their community. Here are some basic tips and guidelines.
Backyard gardeners can get involved by planting an extra row in their gardens, then donating the produce to a need-based organization. Even unexpected surplus can make a big difference in helping feed the hungry.
Dropoff sites will vary by location. It could be a food bank, a soup kitchen, a church, or a local food drive. Make sure the organization is equipped to handle, store, and deliver fresh produce in a timely manner.
Generally, the best vegetables to donate are the ones you have the most luck with in the garden. Crops like corn, tomatoes, squash, and peppers are popular with most people and can usually be used right away.
Gardening is a great way to grow more than just vegetables. Gardens like these, where the work and the rewards are shared, grow stronger communities for us all.
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Vegetable Garden Plans
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Choosing a Site for Your Vegetable Garden
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Selecting the Best Location for a Garden
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Cloches and Cold Frames
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Combining Vegetables and Flowers in Your Garden
Small gardens need to look their best year round and usually have no room for a separate vegetable garden, but with a little imagination, vegetables can look striking alongside flowers and produce a tasty harvest, too.
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