The Farmers Branch Community Garden is committed to nurturing the earth through sustainable gardening while growing healthy food for both the family and the community through Metrocrest Social Services. Located at 12411 Templeton Trail in Farmers Branch, the garden is a partnership between the City of Farmers Branch, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and Metrocrest Services.
The garden is open to members of the Farmers Branch community who:
- Live here
- Work here
- Go to school here
- Attend church here
- In some way an active member of the City
Is Community Gardening for You?
A community garden is a place where people of many different backgrounds join together for the common goal of gardening. It is important to understand that gardening in a community garden is much different than gardening at home. The following information may be useful to you if you are thinking about becoming a Community Gardener with the Farmers Branch Community Garden.
A Typical Growing Season
A garden plot requires time and effort at least 7 months out of the year in order to produce a healthy harvest. Here are some basic tasks that are involved in basic gardening.
Preparing Your Plot
Healthy soil leads to healthy plants. Loosening your soil and adding compost before you plant will make your plants healthier and more resistant to pests and disease. Compost and organic amendments will be available to you. *Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not allowed.
You must take care in planning your garden, placing plants in spots where they will grow the best. Place trailing plants in the middle will allow for vines to stay within your plot and not impede the walk way.
Seedbeds must be hand-watered regularly until sprouts appear above ground. Seedlings should be hand-watered daily for the first two weeks. During hot and dry periods, you may need to water your seedlings as much as twice a day.
Time will be needed to keep weeds down in your plot and its surrounding pathways. By getting to weeds early in the spring, you will save on time and effort later in the season. The use of mulch will not only aid in keeping the weeds down, but will help hold moisture in the soil.
As plants mature and begin to produce, you must be there to harvest the fruits of your labor – the best reward of gardening! Keeping ripe produce picked reduces garden pests and vandalism and encourages more production from the plant.
Preparing for Winter
At the end of the season, you will need to remove dead plant material from your plot. Your soil will require a boost after giving so much throughout the growing season. Reward your soil by loosening it and incorporating aged compost and dried leaves.
As with any other parts of life, the more time you invest in gardening, the better your garden plot will be. If you are unable to tend to your garden, please make arrangements for someone to help you.
Our garden is organic, which means that we do not allow the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or weed killers. Being organic is a commitment to health, a respectful relationship to the earth, and a love for the many facets of gardening. For us, being organic is sticking to a simple philosophy: keep the garden healthy.
Keeping the garden healthy means that we work in natural ways to improve soil structure and nutrients, we recycle the garden’s organic matter back into the earth, and we promote a healthy ecosystem where birds, insects, plants, microorganisms, and people all reach a natural balance that is beneficial for all. Importantly, keeping the garden healthy also means that we don’t use synthesized chemicals. Synthesized chemicals are found in fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
We want the land to receive only natural, or organic, fertilizers. This completes a natural cycle of growth and decay—nutrients stay within the garden. As for weed control, the use of herbicides is clearly not part of a philosophy that keeps a garden healthy. These chemicals are made to kill plants, and the gardener’s purpose is to cultivate, not kill, plants.
Your ability to commit time and energy to your plot will impact all those who garden around you. By faithfully maintaining your plot, you will protect it, and the surrounding plots, from unwanted weeds and insect pests.
Apply for a Plot
If you are interested in adopting a plot, please download this form and send it to the Parks and Recreation office. If you are unable to print out the form, please contact us at 972.919.2625.