Kids Urban Lot Garden


All across America people are turning ugly urban lots into beautiful gardens. Empty lots in urban neighborhoods often are filled with garbage, weeds, and junk surrounded by old brick walls and fire escapes. Kids can join in and help turn the gross empty lot into a community garden by first finding out the address and going to the City Hall Department of Records to get permission to use the lot. The lot may be owned by the city, a person, or a group. By paying a small fee, the community can start a gardening program on the lot. There are hundreds of gardening programs that are ready to help community gardeners with information, seeds, soil, and fencing. At the library, kids can find Master Gardeners and gardening programs in their area. Kids can paint wood planters from the city for the garden with bright cheerful colors.  Kids are excited to get their hands dirty nurturing living things and watching for small green shoots to poke up from the soil. Rejuvenating the empty lot into a lush edible garden inspires the neighborhood to plant containers of flowers on fire escapes and herbs in window boxes giving the whole area new life. The garden brings kids of different cultures together planting, watering, and celebrating with harvest feasts the beauty they have created.

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