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Visit the Civic Center Edible Garden and learn how to easily grown your own food in garden containers!
The Office of Sustainability staff manages a demonstration garden outside of City Hall. The purpose of the Civic Center Edible Garden is to educate the residents of Long Beach about growing their own food. The garden demonstrates that a big yard is not necessary since all of our vegetables are grown in containers called EarthBoxes. A vertical garden component and homemade planters are the newest addition to our garden. There are two staff members managing the garden year round. However, during the summer, we train a various number of green job trainess about the benefits of gardening and how to start/maintain their own urban gardens. The excess harvest is donated to Food Not Bombs, a local organization that prepares and distributes the food to the local homeless community.
What is Urban Gardening?
Urban gardening involves the idea that citizens can grow food no matter where they live, whether it's a high rise apartment, a tiny condo, or a house with no backyard. Some examples of urban gardening are:
- Community gardens (located all across the city)
- Container gardening (such as this garden)
- Rooftop gardens (speak to your landlord)
- Garden sharing (renting out space from a neighbor who has a yard)
What are we growing?
The Earthbox containers are specially designed to require less water, which is important while we continue to experience a drought.
The following is a list of plants that you can grow during the:
|FALL/WINTER || || || || || ||SPRING/SUMMER || |
|Lettuce ||Peas || || || || ||Basil ||Green/string beans |
|Strawberries ||Radishes || || || || ||Corn ||Pumpkin |
|Mustard Greens ||Potatoes || || || || ||Cucumber ||Melons |
|Cabbage ||Chives || || || || ||Bell pepper ||Eggplant |
|Onions ||Broccoli || || || || ||Hot Peppers ||Tomatillo |
|Carrots ||Celery || || || || ||Zucchini ||Squash |
|Beets ||Garlic || || || || ||Squash ||Tomatoes |
|SwissChard ||Cauliflower || || || || ||Okra ||Basil |
Here is a more detailed list
Creating An Urban Garden
Earthbox containers are ideal for small spaces and are durable containers that may last up to 15 years. The containers have a unique watering system that prevents plants from being over watered. Mulch covers complete the system by conserving water and preventing weed growth.
Through a microgrant from EcoMedia, a new vertical garden component has recently been added which showcases florafelts, woolly pockets, grow towers, and Earthbox minigarden. The newly introduced vertical garden system is sponsored by Waste Management.Planting vertically uses up less surface area while producing comparable yields as a larger plot. We choose to grow organic in order to reduce our
(From left to right) FLORAFELT, GROW TOWER, WOOLLY POCKET, MINI GARDEN
We are also showcasing a cheaper alternative planter pocket called The Urban Garden.
A unique addition to the garden is the Triolife Pyramid Planter, which can be purchased in 3 tiers or 5 tiers. Great for flowers, succulents, and herbs.
When growing on nonpermeable surfaces such as we are, an enclosed raised bed like this Deep Meadow is a great choice.
This Sustainable Long Beach initiative is made possible through a joint partnership with the Office of Sustainability and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.
The vegetable harvest, seedling giveaways, and seed packet giveaways are made possible by generous seed donations from the following companies:
~ Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
~ High Mowing Organic Seeds
~ Tomato Fest
If you would like more information on the Civic Center Edible Garden Project, are interested in participating in future gardening workshops, or want to organize a workshop for your group/class, please call 562-570-5927 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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