Q. What is a community garden?

A community garden is any piece of land gardened by a group of people. It could be a garden of vegetables or flowers. It could be a school garden, a roadside garden, a donation garden, or a combination of several types of gardens. CrossRoads Community Garden encourages sharing of knowledge and gardening skills, helps create new friendships, fosters outdoor exercise, provides access to fresh, organic produce, and assists families in need with our produce donation program.

Q. What is a raised bed garden?

A raised bed garden allows gardening in areas with hard compacted soil that is too difficult or impractical to till. A frame is built and filled with quality soil.

Q. What are some advantages of a raised bed garden?

It allows the gardener to purchase soil to place in the bed that is blended to produce a quality crop. Our garden supplies quality soil for all gardeners. Since the soil is easy to work, hand tools will usually suffice plus maintenance and weeding are quite easy. The plants/seeds can be placed fairly close together to provide maximum yield as well.

Q. What are some disadvantages of a raised bed garden?

When it is hot, sunny and breezy raised beds dry out faster than conventional tilled rows requiring more frequent watering. Fertilizer and amendments leach out of the soil quicker due to the watering, requiring more frequent application. Some vegetables requiring a deeper growing area might not be as large but will still produce a quality crop.

Q. What is a square foot garden?

The square garden is a raised bed garden that has a grid dividing the plot into square foot sections. Each section is planted with a specific amount of seeds / plants depending on the crop. For example you can plant one tomato plant per square or 9 spinach plants per square. Our Master Gardeners can help with what can be planted per square.

Q. What types of crops are grown at the Crossroads Community Garden?

The long growing season in north Georgia makes it ideal for growing most vegetables. This is a list of just some of the vegetables, herbs and fruits suitable for growing in our raised beds throughout the year:

Plant in the spring and summer:

  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomato
  • Strawberries / melons
  • Basil / parsley / cilantro

Plant in late summer for a winter harvest:

  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabaga Spinach

Planted in the fall for a spring harvest:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes
  • Turnips