What I realized getting ready my raised backyard mattress for winter

This story was initially printed in October 2019.

Once I moved to Bangor final winter, I had no thought the place I used to be going to backyard within the spring. My second-floor condominium on the outskirts of Little Metropolis was sunny sufficient to develop seedlings, however the “yard” was used as a shared driveway. I finagled a container backyard set-up on my out of doors stairs, however I had grander gardening desires than the area allowed. So, for the primary time, I made a decision to enroll in a raised mattress backyard within the Bangor Neighborhood Backyard.

Although I had by no means participated in a group backyard, I knew about a few of their advantages. A 2012 research on the College of Pennsylvania discovered that greening vacant heaps in Philadelphia with group gardens could scale back crime within the space surrounding the lot. Except for the common bodily and psychological well being advantages of gardening, a 2013 research confirmed that group gardens enhance meals safety and enhance fruit and vegetable consumption of their members. Households additionally reported feeling nearer after working in group gardens collectively.