In early May, the Bridgewater Community Garden became a reality! This project started as a dream from the Developer and transferred to a team of Resident gardening enthusiasts. Whether gardening is their passion or they just long for the taste of freshly grown produce, this dream is now a reality.
The Community Garden area is located along Beech Fork Drive near the two dog parks. The grand opening was held last week, and several residents planted in their own reserved raised beds. The gardening shed onsite is complete with a front porch to provide a little shade when tending your garden gets a little too hot. The garden is gated and has water available to make the process convenient and easier to maintain.
Here are a few benefits of Community Gardening:
• New Experience and Socializing- Get to know your neighbors (maybe you wouldn’t have otherwise) while tending to your garden. Also, others may be growing something you haven’t tried to grow or have never tasted. Share or exchange some of your harvests to expand your garden table, palate, and friendships.
• Garden Knowledge- Growing your plants is wonderfully rewarding but it does take knowledge. When and how much to water, planting for full sun or shade, soil structure and health, nutrients, pest control, and beneficial insects are just a few of the areas you will need information about. In a community garden, you will be surrounded by people with varying levels of garden knowledge who will never get tired of you talking about gardening.
• Enhance the Community- Community gardens bring vacant land to life. Creating a safe and beautiful place to gather for humans and beneficial plants and insects.
• Health and Wellness-Community gardens increase access to fresh better-quality foods, help reduce food expenses and improve food security. And finally, gardening can increase physical activity while also improving mental health and relaxation.
Bridgewater offers many opportunities to be social and make new friends. The Garden Club holds monthly meetings and always welcomes new residents as they join in The Good Life!