Let's Plant & Grow Together

Your community gardening handbook

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Pub Date 30 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 12 Jan 2024

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Start and nurture your own thriving community garden with this seasoned guide to cultivating your local outdoor space.

Community gardening is a growing movement that is taking root in towns and cities all over the world. Groups of likeminded people are transforming neglected plots of land into green, flourishing spaces for everyone to enjoy.

In Let’s Plant & Grow Together, conservationist and community gardener Ben Raskin shares his keen expertise in his introduction to collective self-sufficiency, encouraging a community audience to grow food and garden together. With a thoughtful foreword by Hélèna Dove, Head of Kitchen at the admired Kew Gardens, London, UK, this guide is uniquely placed to teach you how to make urban spaces bloom.

A look into the background of community gardening and its benefits is followed by a practical guide: planning advice is laid out, alongside essential etiquette tips for running a successful site. Learn about these and other practical considerations, including:
  • Soil fertility
  • Fundraising
  • Business plans
  • Guerrilla gardening
  • Access rights
  • Marketing
  • Leases

Add a community-minded directory of the top vegetables, flowers, fruit, and herbs to plant, with key tips on growing in containers to maximize your space, and you can get ready to dig for a community garden that will blossom and thrive for everyone.
With clear instructions for all ages and backgrounds, your collective will learn to grow and harvest:
  • Kale
  • Pears
  • Beetroot
  • Asparagus
  • Gooseberries
  • Oregano
  • Currants
  • Melons
  • Figs

This book contains everything you need to start gardening in a group. Whether that’s with family, neighbors, or allotment co-owners, you’ll find practical steps to promote harmony, grow more successfully, and make space for everybody. Written by an expert in the field, this insightful and comprehensive guide leaves no stone unturned when it comes to building and maintaining your dream co-gardening space.
If you like this book, you may also like Plant a Tree and Retree the World, by the same author.
Start and nurture your own thriving community garden with this seasoned guide to cultivating your local outdoor space.

Community gardening is a growing movement that is taking root in towns and...

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Very comprehensive. Much more so than I anticipated. Love the concept of community gardens and learning more about how they benefit all and how to implement them! Loved this and am happy to support anything that supports community building!

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Thank you, Leaping Hare Press, for the advance reading copy.

The book is such an eye opener for the younger generation specifically considering how fast paced and challenging with the advanced technology running with various screen related activities/social media that most of us consider interactions/visual arts to be the best ways to be. Most times we seem to forget that our efforts and interactions in the physical real world matters more to thrive and be actually sociable.

This guidebook is such a powerful tool to encourage every one of any age group to be more involved with their community and be more engaged to plant gardens l/grow trees together.

I find the book really helpful with all the tips and glossary provided. I really appreciate the real colourful pictures of people engaging with the gardening activities.

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Want to start a community garden? This content-rich guide provides all you need to know from the administrative side down to tips on plants to grow. Terrific resource for those who love to build up communities!

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