The cultural and ecological significance of urban gardens in Chicago
posted by Emily
Water is such an important element of community gardens. I find it interesting how different gardens ensure that the plants get watered. On a recent visit to the Hello! Howard garden in Rogers Park, I saw several creative approaches.
For example, if gardeners aren't able to water their own bed (e.g., they are out of town, ill, etc), they can put a little laminated sign in their bed to indicate that they would like other people to water for them.
I also really liked these clay pots, which can be filled with water during a visit to the garden. The water will then slowly seep out of the pot and into the soil over a period of several days, keeping the soil moist. Very clever!
Please feel free to share any creative watering approaches you've observed in the comments.