Personal and Community Gardens

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Succulents are an easy plant to take care of as they do not require a lot of water.

Gardening at home

There are a lot of decisions to make when you decide to start your own garden. First, why do you want to start a garden? Do you want to grow your own food or for fun? There are other choices as well, but answering this question can help you decide what to grow. Finding out what you can grow in your area and when to plant certain seeds is also essential. Planting anything too early or too late can be problematic because of the weather, but it’s okay if you mess up here and there. Starting a garden at home is a learning experience so be patient with yourself and make sure you do the research that will help you succeed!

What is good to grow in the Muncie area?

Deciding what you want to grow in your garden can be hard because there are so many choices! Tuttle Orchard has a timeline detailing what vegetables grow the best throughout the year. Potatoes, pumpkins, peas, and radishes are just a few of the plants that they include in their timeline!

What are the benefits of gardening?

Gardening is a great way to grow some of your own food, but it also has some great health benefits. Some of these benefits include stress relief, reducing risk of heart attacks and strokes, and raising self-esteem!

For more resources, check out resources for home gardeners in Indiana.

Tips from Muncie gardeners

“It doesn’t work to just plant it and forget it. You have to actually keep working on it. And yes, this is my best advice. #mygardenalwaysdies.” — Sara Meyers

“It’s not difficult, but you probably need to amend your soil, because we have so much clay.” — Kari Gayes

“Don’t let your lettuce go to seed. It will invade your yard!” — Nick Werner

“Figure out what you’d like to grow and find books specific to those things. Everything beneficial I’ve learned has come from research more than trial and error.” — Jennifer Meier Groves

“Gardens are like hairstyles — don’t choose something you aren’t willing to maintain.” — Lisa Renze Rhodes

“Plant perennials. They’re the gift that gives over and over again.” — Beth Tibbs

“Don’t do it when it’s cold. Drinks beforehand.” — John Arlan Banes

“Use dirt.” — Ryan Sparrow

Community Gardens

Pros:

  • Brings people together
  • Allow people to learn from other gardeners
  • Produce local and healthy food

Cons:

  • Time consuming
  • Tools aren’t always in the best of shape and take time to replace
  • Success of the garden largely depends on weather and the people tending it
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Muncie’s Urban Gardening Initiative, through Muncie-Delaware County Clean and Beautiful, offers a map of area community gardens. [Learn more]

Urban Gardening Initiative (UGI)

“UGI is a local Urban Gardening Initiative in Muncie and Delaware County, networking resources and community engagement to encourage more local urban food production. UGI has many resources available including books, tools, a rototiller, straw, compost, seeds, plants and experienced gardeners to educate.” This organization is an example of how community members are able to come together to better their city as well as contribute to the local food system.

UGI currently has 11 community gardens in the area and they offer different ways to get involved in the community. [Learn more]

The Master Gardeners of Delaware County

The Master Gardeners’ goal is to beautify Delaware County while teaching others about gardening. Potential members go through an intense training process and pass a comprehensive exam before receiving the opportunity to become part of this elite group. [Learn more]

Maring-Hunt Community Garden Pavilion

Designed by Ball State students, the Maring-Hunt Community Garden Pavilion is located in the Thomas Park/Avondale neighborhood in Muncie. It has a grilling and picnic area, a community kitchen and market pavilion, a shade structure with a seating area and a storytelling area for children. [Learn more]

Other Community Gardens

Many Muncie churches also have community gardens. Hazelwood Christian Church and College Avenue United Methodist Church are two locations. Hazelwood shares food with charities and their church community from their community garden. College Avenue produces vegetables, which are harvested by volunteers. The garden was started to help combat poverty and food security in the community.

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