The Community Table Garden, located on madison Avenue in midtown Memphis, consists of 15 raised beds, built with cinder blocks the first year by groups of neighbors and volunteers. We used the lasagna gardening method to fill the beds, beginning with layers of cardboard, raked leaves, & grass clippings, & topped off with garden soil heavily amended with rich, nutritious compost.
The garden beds are not irrigated, but 2/3 of the beds use ollas, or clay pots, to efficiently irrigate the plants. You can learn about & order ollas HERE.
All of the water used to irrigate the plants in the garden is rain water collected in our three rain barrels located behind the garden. They are connected to our neighbor's Patti & Mark's garage gutters, and Mark helped us install and connect them in our first season. They have watered every plant ever since!
Our rain barrels are made from old CocaCola syrup barrels, and they were constructed by the sweet folks at coca cola and delivered to us in our first season!
OUr beautiful Garden Sign Was designed & constructed by the Awesome folks at Loaded For Bear, with help from the folks at Signs & Designs, who even repaired it amazingly for us when it suffered some vandalism last year.
In our first season, we began with 11 beds, and have added a couple new beds each year since. Our season begins in early spring and mostly ends when frost comes, although we have had some veggies make it through the winter!
Over the last four years, at the CT Garden, we have grown beets, carrots, Radishes, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Spinach, a variety of lettuce, mustard and collard greens, summer squash, butternut squash, slicing and pickling cucumbers, sweet potatoes, okra, watermelon, cantelope, corn, green beans, pinto beans, sauce tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, basil, sage, parsley, chamomile, thyme, and dill. We have even harvested sunflower seeds and roasted them! Come by the garden sometime and take a stroll through! We'd love to see you!