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Veggies by the Yard project

This special project was held in 2010 season. We invite you to read more about it and use the ideas to plan your next Veggie Garden. The project was an outreach of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as part of their summer exhibit on "Powerhouse Plants: Incredible Edibles" - You can discover a delicious bounty of ideas on how to eat fresh and grow your own! We grew these small-scale vegetable garden beds in Becker, Zimmerman and Elk River at the Sherburne County Community Garden sites coordinated by U of M Extension Sherburne County. The designs were featured in several demonstration sites throughout the state. There were five simple designs created by Arboretum gardeners to maximize harvest from a small space, with ideas for both first-time gardeners and veterans. Link to designs:

Read our BLOG, see the photos and read about what happened at our gardens in Elk River, Becker and Zimmerman at:

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This is the Dig It! plot at the Zimmerman Community Garden shortly after it was first planted at the end of May. Note the fencing as there are lots of deer in the area and the fencing seemed to keep them out of the plots. It did not however stop the gophers which proved to be a challenge at that site especially as the summer went along.

This is the First Timers Plot at the Zimmerman Community Garden Site shortly after it was planted.

The Elk River Veggies by The Yard plots planted in early June by Sherburne Master Gardeners (MG) and Junior Master Gardeners (JMG). They grew the "First Timers" and "Salad Lovers" plots. The kids and adults worked together grow and record data from four MG Variety Trails as well including Sunflowers, Mini Pumpkins, Bok Choi, and Bush Beans. Photo of the JMG kids and MG volunteers in action during the summer.