Share and Share Alike: 5 Great Plants to Grow in Your Community Garden
This herb is easy to grow and has a ton of uses. Make mojitos, put them in tea or on top of a rack of lamb to make your plate look pretty. They will grow out of control if you don’t take care of them though. They also smell amazing, obviously! It likes partial shade and a fair amount of water – easy! It’s also a good idea to start these from seed.
4 Blackberry Bush
Like the roses, you can line your garden plot with wild blackberry bushes. You can get amazing fruit, make pies, and keep out thieves. The bushes are thorny and grow like crazy so you will have to take good care of them so they don’t overrun the rest of your plot or anyone else’s. Plant them in early spring in most areas and cultivate them shallowly. Be sure to watch out for pests too – blackberry bushes tend to attract them if you’re not careful.
3 Thorny Roses
Just in case a thief is well versed in white eggplant and purple cauliflower, you might want to try planting thorny roses around the edge of your plot to keep people out. It looks pretty and creates a barrier for your plants, which might discourage people from trying to climb in and nab your tomatoes or strawberries. For a different look you could try succulents like cacti, and then mix in some roses. The world is your community garden plot!
2 White Eggplant
Like purple cauliflower, this one throws vandals off and keeps them from pinching your veggies. How many people have even heard of white eggplant? It kind of looks like an egg with a green stem – pretty bizarre, I know, but delicious nonetheless! There are two varieties called Casper and Easter Egg, which seem appropriately titled. They grow in warm seasons and grow best in slightly acidic, rich soil with compost.
1 Purple Cauliflower
It is suggested that purple cauliflower is a great vegetable for a community garden because we always think of cauliflower as white, so the purple color throws people off – kind of like a disguise. It needs about one inch of water per week and monthly feedings with some compost help, too. Check for pests occasionally but don’t disturb them too much – purple varieties also do not require blanching, so there’s one less step!