5 x 8 is about the smallest you want to go with, trust me. 4 x 10 is doable, but you want wider to help folks garden as intensively as they can in a raised bed. Most here like a 10 x 10. Here's the link to our set-up in NYC where we've put an awful lot into a third of an acre space. Clinton Community Garden . If you have more land than we do in the middle of Manhattan, please consider a 5' x10' or a 10' x 10' plot size - and make sure that you put in plenty of space for paths ( at least two people walking across, with easy access to a hose for all plots, if you're planning to have piped in water) - best is a wheelbarrow going one way and another going the other on your path.
Please go the ACGA website, American Community Gardening Association , the how to start ACGA how to start a garden links: ACGA Starting a garden and please go the garden links page, because there is a wealth of information on governance, lay out and everyday best community garden practice in cgs in Canada, the USA and beyond,
ACGA Garden Links.
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Clinton Community Garden
Subj: [cg] New community garden for hobbyists
Date: 3/25/04 11:52:54 AM Eastern Standard Time
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I'm working with a parks org. to develop a garden for hobbyists in a middle
to upper-middle neighborhood. Organic. I've been following the discussion
about plot sizes and think the smaller 4X10 is about right for a hobbyist.
Someone else suggested that people wanting more than one plot must wait two
years before being assigned multiples, and I find that a worthy suggestion.
I'm suggesting that all the plots are accessible at this size so there's no
juggling. Can anyone give me an idea of what percentage would be best for
kids' plots? I like the 3X3 size and was thinking of requiring an adult
sponsor have a site in the garden, too.
No footprint for the garden yet. At first they wanted such a small size I
didn't think it was worth it. But, they want a demo place, space for
compost, shed and seating space for artists, students and people in nearby
assisted living. Can anyone suggest sources for information about minimum
This list is a great resource. I watch it eagerly.