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Home and Garden Show returns to Cumbria for third year

The anticipated Home and Garden show is returning to Rheged this March, and is set to be the biggest yet.

A celebration of Cumbria’s arts and crafts heritage, the event brings together over 70 exhibitors, who’ll be showing visitors all aspects of home and garden design, innovation and construction.

Taking place at the Rheged Centre on March 18-19, this year also features a programme of Masterclasses, teaching skills like willow weaving, cooking with herbs, French polishing, stencilling, and upholstery.

Experts in all aspects of home and garden design will be at the event, on hand to give advice on everything from outdoor kitchens and saunas to the latest in bathroom and kitchen design, total home automation, environmental design and much more.

Products will be on sale at the show too, including specialist paints, artworks, and plants.

What events can I attend at the show?

Events include the ever popular Gardener’s Question Time, chaired by broadcaster and writer Eric Robson, which will let visitors get answers to their most pressing horticultural conundrums, from seed propagation to slug defence tactics.

The show will also feature a New Quilting exhibition in Rheged’s Gallery, which will feature over 70 contemporary quilts from National and European makers.

The small specialist Masterclasses must be booked in advance, and are led by experts over the weekend, teaching: designing a willow woven structure, cooking with herbs, French polishing, stencilling, and upholstery.

Who organised the show?

The Home and Garden Show has been organised by the Rheged Centre and CN Events in partnership with Maureen Whitemore – who has run the successful interior design company Whitemore and Thwaytes Interiors in Penrith for over 30 years – and Liz Newport, an accomplished garden designer of Buzy Lizzie Garden Design.

Together they have curated the show, aiming to offer creativity, diversity and quality craftsmanship – as helping to solve the various challenges which come with a major renovation project.

The event is sponsored by Penrith Building Supplies, The Rusland Movement Cabinetmakers, Kendal Quality Carpets and GS Specialist Timber, Stainton.

How much are tickets?

Tickets for the Home and Garden Show cost £6 per day, children 16 and under go free.

The show ticket includes access to all the Exhibition Halls and a variety of talks on both days.

The Gardener’s Question Time on Saturday 18th is an additional £3 with profits going to the mental health charity Growing Well, based at Low Sizergh, Kendal. Masterclasses are priced separately.

Visitors wanting to attend the expert-led Masterclasses will need to book their place in advance.

To book tickets visit cumbrialifehomeandgardenshow.co.uk

What about parking?

There will be extensive free parking at Rheged, and there will be a FREE Park and Ride scheme in operation from the nearby Penrith Auction Mart.

Remind me when it’s happening?

The Home and Garden Show is open 9 – 5pm on Saturday, March 18, and 9am – 4pm on Sunday March 19.

For more information and to book tickets visit cumbrialifehomeandgardenshow.co.uk

Article source: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Home-and-Garden-Show-returns-to-Cumbria-for-third-year-79aa0927-cd66-4cd9-8afb-c060d3714af4-ds

Letchworth’s Daniel Shea recognised with Society of Garden …

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Daniel Shea from Letchworth, centre, with his award, Mark Godden of Deepdale Trees and garden designer Ann-Marie Powell.

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A Letchworth garden designer was among the winners at the Society of Garden Designers Awards in London.

Letchworth garden designer Daniel Shea’s gamekeeper’s cottage.

Daniel Shea won the Future Designer Award for his Gamekeeper’s Cottage, a two-acre country garden in Hertford’s Letty Green.

The design includes a 15-metre reflection pool, surrounded by perennial-style planting and wild flower meadows.

Daniel said: “It’s a privilege to receive this award and have my work recognised by expert judges and designers.

“I’m hopeful the award will lead to exciting new projects in Hertfordshire in the near future.”

Letchworth garden designer Daniel Shea’s gamekeeper’s cottage.

Presenting the award on Friday last week, garden designer and TV presenter Ann-Marie Powell said: “Daniel is going to go on to excel.”

The Society of Garden Designers judging panel called the cottage garden design “an exceptional design that met the client’s brief in a bold yet sympathetic way.

“The design of the garden helps unify the new build into the existing site and complements both the old and the new.

“The articulation of space is handled with great competence and the strong, yet soft architectural planting links everything together and softens any hard lines.”

To find out more about Daniel and his work, see danielshea.co.uk.

Article source: http://www.thecomet.net/news/letchworth_s_daniel_shea_recognised_with_society_of_garden_design_s_future_designer_award_1_4876581

Meet Melania Trump’s new White House social planner

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First Lady Melania Trump has announced who will fill the White House social secretary position.
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First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday announced the appointment of Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd to fill the all-important position of White House social secretary for the Trump administration.

Niceta Lloyd, known as Rickie, who helped organize the inaugural celebrations for President Trump, will join the first lady in planning and execution of social events at the White House, including state dinners, social calendar events such as the White House Easter Egg Roll , official administration policy-related events, and FLOTUS projects.

Trump said Niceta Lloyd has plenty of experience, including a link to a past first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy: She is married to Thomas Lloyd, a grandson of the late Bunny Mellon, wife of Paul Mellon, both of whom were friends and mentors to Mrs. Kennedy, who hired garden designer Bunny to design and plant the White House Rose Garden, backdrop to many a White House event.

Trump praised Niceta Lloyd’s “formidable precision and elegance,” and said it was greatly influenced by Mrs. Mellon.

“Rickie brings with her over 22 years of solid diplomatic, political and social entertaining experience,” said Trump in a statement issued by the White House. “I am looking forward to sharing my ideas and traditions of entertaining and social hospitality to America’s house, my new home as well. That, along with Rickie’s vast experience, I am even more excited.”

Trump, who is living in New York until June when her 10-year-old son Barron finishes the school year, has not moved immediately to sign up her East Wing staff. Last week, she announced her first appointment, Lindsay Reynolds, as her chief of staff.

She is expected to announce a press secretary and communications director soon. She has been assisted in the hiring process by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a friend and former events-planner for Vogue, who also helped organize the Trump inaugural events.

Trump said Niceta Lloyd’s entertaining style aligns with hers, and noted that Niceta Lloyd worked with Democrats and Republicans in planning the last five inaugurations. During her time at caterer Design Cuisine she assisted the State Department’s Office of Protocol in organizing numerous State luncheons, summits and conferences under five former secretaries of state.

Her experience includes organizing events for an alphabet soup of Washington politicians and political organizations, including the Speaker of the House and Secretary of the Senate.

Niceta Lloyd lives with her husband and two children in Chevy Chase, Md.

The social secretary’s job requires discretion and behind-the-scenes competence — no blabbing or bragging to the press, but expected to be an expert on protocol and place-settings.

The Obama administration’s first social secretary, Desiree Rogers, a high-profile friend to Barack and Michelle Obama from Chicago, ended up resigning after a year on the job, in part because of the fall-out from a pair of would-be reality-TV stars who crashed the Obamas’ first state dinner in November 2009.

Teton Valley teacher brings passion to permaculture

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Article source: http://www.tetonvalleynews.net/news/teton-valley-teacher-brings-passion-to-permaculture/article_2e1967ac-ee28-11e6-a011-cb4ef5ec66da.html

2017 home, garden show kicks off Friday in Grove – Grand Lake News

The unseasonably warm weather of the past few days may have many Grand Lakers starting to dream up ideas of landscaping, gardening and home improvement projects.

If so, then the 2017 Home Garden Show, sponsored by the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, may help homeowners turn paper dreams into a tangible reality.

The show, in its 19th year, officially gets underway at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, continues throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 and 12, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove.

Public hours for the show are from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12.

This year’s offerings provides a mixture of returning favorites, as well as some new vendors, according to Lisa Friden, chamber president.

Many of the returning vendors have increased the size and scope of their displays, which Friden said, provides a bigger space to showcase their efforts.

Vendors will include professionals displaying the newest ideas and solutions to home and garden projects.

Friden said a new component to the show includes a vendor who is not only bringing in a selection of kitchen cabinets, but also hot tubs – something that has not been part of the show for several years.

“We’re fuller than we’ve ever been,” Friden said. “There’s lots of exciting things to see.

“We love to do this show every year”

In past years, Friden said between 1,500 and 2,000 people, most with home improvement projects in mind, visit the home and garden show each year.

The chamber holds the event in early February, as a way to kick off the season for outdoor-related businesses.

In fact, Friden jokes, the event often falls around Valentine’s Day – providing vendors and shoppers with a first date experience. Business owners have a chance to set up a display and talk to a large amount of people within a three-day period, while local residents are able to see what is available throughout the region.

Ultimately, though, the show has one primary purposes: connect area residents with home improvement ideas with vendors who can turn the ideas into reality.

“The gorgeous displays our vendors build will inspire, amaze and allow those wanting an expert’s touch to find the pros to make the difference,” Friden said. “Those that attend this event will find aisles of great products and services that will help create their dream home and garden – from the front door to the back yard.

“The aisles are always packed with the very latest ideas and trends in home building, remodeling, gardening, landscaping and decorating.”

Center court displays include those by local landscapers, which Friden said, which showcase gardens and room displays and are must-stop locations during the event.

The entry fee remains the same as in previous years: $3 for one day admission for adults or $5 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free. The admission fee helps offset operating expenses.

As a secondary fundraiser, to offset expenses for the show, several vendors have donated items for a “silent auction” called the Prize Pool.

Participants will have the opportunity to purchase tickets, which can then be dropped into the buckets of the various items. The winning ticket for each item will be drawn at the close of the show on Saturday evening. Winners will be contacted, to allow the prizes to be picked up before the close of the show on Sunday.

Concessions will be available throughout the show. This year proceeds from the concessions will benefit a local traveling baseball team – which, Friden said, gives the community a chance to come out to support the youth of the community as an added bonus.

Additionally, volunteers from local nonprofits such as the Grand Lake ‘o The Cherokees Quilt Guild, the Grand Lake Audubon Society, and the “One Dog, One Vet, Two Lives Saved,” will be on hand to provide information about their groups to those in attendance.

Friden said it’s important to showcase nonprofits because it allows people to learn how the various organizations benefit the community at large.

The event, organized by the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Arrest Bank, Grand Country Pest Control, Grand River Abstract, Grand Savings Bank, Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (REC), and T.H. Rogers Lumber Company.

For more information, persons interested may contact the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at 918-786-9079 or visit www.groveok.org.

Article source: http://www.grandlakenews.com/news/20170209/2017-home-garden-show-kicks-off-friday-in-grove

Flower, garden show set for Feb. 23-26 in Hartford; Master Gardener Symposium welcomes participants in March



HARTFORD A wide variety of topics will be presented by horticulturists and other types of experts at the “36th annual “Connecticut Flower Garden Show” on Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Attendance at these seminars is free with admission at one of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England.

“This year’s colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2017 theme, ‘Woodland Enchantment’” said Kristie Gonsalves, President of North East Expos which presents the Connecticut Flower Garden Show. “After a long, cold winter, this preview of spring will offer many creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike.”

Show highlights include:

– More than an acre of gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens.

– The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2017 Advanced Standard Flower Show with more than 12,000-square feet of a design, horticulture and photography competition with over 250 judged entries, all with the “Woodland Enchantment” theme.

– More than 300 booths of displays, activities and shopping: artisans and handcrafted gifts, fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture and lawn and garden tools and equipment. Bring a 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.

– Over 50 hours of education seminars and demonstrations by expert presenters – Entry free with admission.

For full details go to www.CTFlowerShow.com.

Connecticut Master Gardener Symposium set for March 18

NEW LONDON The Connecticut Master Gardener Association invites all Master Gardeners and anyone interested in nature and gardening to the 24nd Annual Gardening Symposium “Landscape Design…or Not.” This daylong event, open to the public, will be held March 18 at Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, Crozier-Williams Building in New London CT.

The keynote speaker will be Julie Moir Messervy who is principal designer of JMMDS, a landscape architecture and design firm in Saxtons River, Vermont (create parks and residential gardens around the country). Julie’s lecture, Landscaping Ideas that Work, will provide a host of visual ideas as well as design tips, before-and-after images, case studies, and essential information to initiate the process from thinking ‘big picture’ about your property down to the details.

The closing speaker will be Bill Cullina, Executive Director-Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Bill is a popular lecturer and teacher for garden, conservation and professional horticultural groups in the U.S. and Canada. He has written five acclaimed horticultural references on subjects ranging from wildflowers, native trees, shrubs and vines, growing woody plants, understanding orchids, native ferns, moss and grasses and understanding perennials. His numerous awards for the advancement of horticulture include the Scott medal for lifetime achievement in horticulture. Bill’s lecture “From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave: Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden” will introduce some of his favorite texturally rich and visually delectable native ferns, grasses and sedges to consider for your landscape.

With registration, each attendee has the opportunity to select two workshop sessions from these well-known horticultural professionals:

Nancy DuBrule-Clemente “Bookends of the Gardening Year: Planting for Early/Late Season Pollinators”

Dan Furman “Unusual Landscape Edibles for Connecticut”

Dan Jaffee “Designless Gardening” What clues can you take from nature for your landscape?

Jan Johnson “Spirit of Stone: Creative and Practical Ways to Use Natural Stone in Your Garden”

Maria von Bricken “Classical Vertical Gardening: Vines that Flower Up and Around”

For over 25 years CMGA has supported UConn’s Master Gardener program and horticultural projects around Connecticut through grants and scholarships. Your attendance at the symposium helps CMGA fulfill these worthwhile activities.

The admission price of $65 for CMGA members and their guests, and $85 for the general public includes a light breakfast, buffet lunch, access to two workshops, speakers, vendors, free raffle, and a silent auction. Master Gardeners can earn two AMG educational credits by attending the symposium. For additional information or to register for the symposium on-line or print paper flyer/registration, go to http://www.ctmga.org/ . Registrations must be processed by March 6, 2017; after that date, only walk-in registrations will be accepted. Equal opportunity program provider. Find Connecticut Master Gardener Association | Facebook

Article source: http://www.registercitizen.com/general-news/20170208/flower-garden-show-set-for-feb-23-26-in-hartford-master-gardener-symposium-welcomes-participants-in-march

Mequon residents offer warm respite at Garden Expo

MEQUON – It doesn’t matter if that it hasn’t been above 30 degrees more than a handful of days in the last month. According to Mequon natives Joey and Holly Baird, it’s never too soon to start planning for gardening season.

The dynamic duo responsible for producing more than 800 gardening how-to videos on their web site, The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, takes to the stage this weekend for a fifth time at the 24th annual Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo in Madison.

“It’s really about bringing gardening to life for people and helping prepare them with some of what has and hasn’t worked for us versus what they could find on the internet,” Holly explained. In the past, the pair has drawn crowds of more than 500 people over their two days on stage.

“What’s most exciting for us is to see some of the same faces coming back to see us each year,” she said. This year’s presentation, “Growing Potatoes in Containers and the Ground,” will feature basic information, troubleshooting and tips.

“We really want it to be inclusive for anyone’s planting situation,” Holly said. “Highlights will include the importance of using nutrient-rich, loose soil and certified seeds.”

The event runs Friday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Alliant Center in Madison.

This year’s event features the newest innovations in gardening and landscaping — with information and advice spread among lush green plants, colorful flowers, vibrant designs of spring, and the delicious bounties from home gardens and fresh delicacies from Wisconsin farms.

Visitors are invited to explore the third-annual Garden Expo Farmers Market in the Exhibition Hall Atrium 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The Farmers Market will feature farmers, food artisans and local food retailers. Products available at this year’s market include pickles and preserves, artisan cheeses, honey, olive oil, chocolate, coffee, and handcrafted salami and cured meats.

Highlights from this year’s event include hundreds of exhibitor booths selling seeds, plants, books, tools, lawn equipment and other exciting merchandise for gardens — and yards — of all sizes.

Visitors may also participate in any number of almost 150 free educational seminars and demonstrations on topics such as growing Mexican vegetables, color theory in garden design, square foot gardening, growing peonies from seed, crevice gardens and passive hydroponics.

The expos first-ever aquascaping competition will challenge participants to create a small aquarium display on site throughout the weekend.

“There is really something for everyone to enjoy,” Holly said. “Hopefully we’ll see you there.”

Article source: http://www.myozaukeenow.com/story/news/2017/02/07/mequon-residents-offer-warm-respite-garden-expo/97607072/

TV gardening expert jailed after secretly filming women in his bathroom using camera hidden in an air freshener

A TV gardening expert who secretly filmed women in his bathroom using a hidden camera has been jailed for a year.

Perverted Steve Brookes, 55, known as telly’s Mr Rotavator in the 1990s, set up the motion-activated device on top of a cupboard.

Perverted Stephen Brookes filmed women lodging in his property and others who had been invited to dinner

Perverted Stephen Brookes filmed women lodging in his property and others who had been invited to dinner

Steve Brookes

Steve Brookes was well-known as his alter-ego Mr Rotavator

The celebrity gardener – who has broadcast live from the Chelsea Flower Show – spied on a total of seven women between November 2015 and September last year.

They included lodgers living at his property and other people who had been invited to dinner.

Brookes, of Loxley Road, Stratford-on-Avon, Warks., pleaded guilty to seven charges of observing a person doing a private act knowing that the person did not consent to being observed for his sexual gratification.

Steve Brookes

The gardening expert was charged with seven counts of voyeurism after setting up a secret camera to spy on tenants and visitors

He was arrested in September last year after one of his female tenants spotted the hidden camera

Brookes was arrested in September last year after one of his female tenants spotted the hidden camera

But magistrates in Leamington Spa committed the presenter to crown court for sentencing today.

He was given a 12-month prison sentence at Warwick Crown Court and will spend half of it behind bars and half on licence, reports the Coventry Telegraph.

He will also sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

Judge de Bertodano said: “It must be immediate. A message must be sent out.

“There’s something pretty unpleasant for these young women that they now know that you have seen images of them that will be in the your head forever.”

At a previous hearing the court heard grandfather Brookes was arrested in September last year after a female tenant spotted the hidden camera in the bathroom.

Police discovered 300 files, including videos taken near a shower and toilet, after seizing a memory card, an iPhone and an iPad belonging to the gardener.

Prosecutor Baldev Atwal said: “It appears that the device was on a constant recording loop. The camera was motion activated.

“Mr Brookes iPhone had an application whereby he would become aware of the activation of that camera and could watch the recordings as they were reviewed and unfolded.”

The court heard Brookes’ seven female victims had expressed their “horror” and “shock” after the camera was uncovered.



Mr Atwal added: “What will clearly trouble this court is that Mr Brookes has gone to some extent and some length as far as planning and setting up the camera is concerned.

“The offences cover a substantial period of time.

“The victims express their horror, their shock, their disgust and indeed some of the recordings clearly show ladies having used the toilet, (and) changing personal items.”

Michael Jervis, defending, told the court Brookes appreciated that he was facing a custodial sentence and regarded his own behaviour as “disgraceful and disgusting”.

Brookeswill be sentenced next month at Warwick Crown Court

Brookes will be sentenced next month at Warwick Crown Court

Urging JPs to sentence the celeb gardener at the magistrates court, he added: “He is full of remorse and if there’s anything he could do to turn back his actions then he would have done.

“Not because of the fear of going to prison but because of the impact these acts had on the victims.

“He considers his behaviour to be disgraceful, he considers his behaviour to be disgusting.

“Mr Brookes himself has a reputation locally of great repute, he has become a very well known character in the local community.

“Not only that but also because of his employment.

Mr Brookes has gone to some extent and some length as far as planning and setting up the camera is concerned

“You see what he does. He writes books, he has been on television, he has created a certain character encouraging youngsters to become interested in horticulture.”

Brookes became known as “Mr Rotavator” in the 1990s for his work on educational Channel 4 shows and visiting schools to encourage horticulture.

According to his website he has broadcast live “for many years from Chelsea Flower Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live”.

His website adds: “He has also written regularly for the gardening press including BBC Gardeners’ World, Amateur Gardening, Garden Answers and Garden News magazines.”

Brookes also won the Royal Television Society Award in 2000 for his Channel 4 series ‘Growing Plants’ and was chairman of Stratford’s In Bloom project until earlier this year.

He regularly presents The Greatest Gardening Tips in the World stage show and travels the world as a celebrity lecturer on cruise ships.

Article source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/uknews/2815848/mr-rotavator-jailed-bathroom-filmed-women/

Four tips to help you start a successful community garden …

Starting a community garden can be a terrific way to grow vegetables and help people in your neighborhood. But before you pick up a spade or seed catalog, it’s a good idea to keep a few pointers in mind.

1. Think about what kind of garden you want to start. How big do you want it to be? Who will help tend it? What kinds of crops will you plant? Will you share the harvest with a local food pantry, area seniors or others? What kinds of vegetables would be most useful to the intended recipients?

2. Look around your community to identify a potential spot for the garden. Search for a plot that gets lots of sunlight and is close to other critical resources, such as water. Make sure it is not located too far away from the people who will work in it. Gardens easily can become out of sight and out of mind. It’s helpful if the plot is in a neighborhood or close to a school, YMCA, church or other community gathering place.

3. Find out who owns the land. Get in touch with them to tell them what you’re thinking of doing, and ask permission. If they say yes, it’s not a bad idea to do a soil test. The Analytical Lab and Maine Soil Testing Service at the University of Maine is a good resource to learn the nutrient content, organic matter, lead and other trace elements in your future garden’s soil.

4. Look around to see if there are any possible sponsors who could help provide seeds, tools or soil inputs such as compost to the community garden.

Now, get to work!

 

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/08/homestead/four-tips-to-help-you-start-a-successful-community-garden/?ref=HomesteadBox

Four tips to help you start a successful community garden

Starting a community garden can be a terrific way to grow vegetables and help people in your neighborhood. But before you pick up a spade or seed catalog, it’s a good idea to keep a few pointers in mind.

1. Think about what kind of garden you want to start. How big do you want it to be? Who will help tend it? What kinds of crops will you plant? Will you share the harvest with a local food pantry, area seniors or others? What kinds of vegetables would be most useful to the intended recipients?

2. Look around your community to identify a potential spot for the garden. Search for a plot that gets lots of sunlight and is close to other critical resources, such as water. Make sure it is not located too far away from the people who will work in it. Gardens easily can become out of sight and out of mind. It’s helpful if the plot is in a neighborhood or close to a school, YMCA, church or other community gathering place.

3. Find out who owns the land. Get in touch with them to tell them what you’re thinking of doing, and ask permission. If they say yes, it’s not a bad idea to do a soil test. The Analytical Lab and Maine Soil Testing Service at the University of Maine is a good resource to learn the nutrient content, organic matter, lead and other trace elements in your future garden’s soil.

4. Look around to see if there are any possible sponsors who could help provide seeds, tools or soil inputs such as compost to the community garden.

Now, get to work!

 

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/08/homestead/four-tips-to-help-you-start-a-successful-community-garden/