Costs Assumed by Individual Gardeners:
- Compost and soil after start-up year
- Tomato cages and/or bean tepees
- Gardening hand tools
- Crop labels
Costs Assumed by Garden
Communications: Website, blog, Facebook or
Site Preparation : Levelling land and
evaluating land drainage issues due to level of water table,
low lying area, sloped area affecting runoff.
Sod removal: Fees equipment rental and
Sheet mulching materials: Layers of
newspaper or corrugated cardboard as weed barrier before layering
compost, soil and footpath materials
Weed barrier: Fabric / cardboard / layers
of newspaper to line garden beds.
Water Access: Tie-in to existing City of
Calgary irrigation line. (usually in the $5,000 in-kind services
from the City of Calgary).
Water Storage: Barrels, hardware fittings and
Water Delivery: Drip irrigation within garden
beds saves water
Soil: Yup, you need to budget for dirt, but not
just any dirt. You want high quality topsoil mixed with
Lumber & Hardware: Either untreated
spruce or cedar or plastic lumber. Don't forget fittings such
as screws, brackets, bolts, wooden cross braces.
Plastic edging: Nearby residents will
appreciate this tidy touch for gardens using mounded earth
Mulch for pathways: Read more about footpath
Garden tool storage: Horizontal chest or
vertical shed plus lock
Seating area: Benches, picnic table, arbour,
pergola for shade
Landscaping services: Lawn mowing,
grass trimming, tree pruning or other services the gardeners will
not handle themselves.
Fencing for wildlife: Materials and
labour to create a barrier for rabbits, squirrels, voles,
Richardson Ground Squirrels, deer, coyotes depending on your local
wildlife. Fencing cannot be set up to keep people away from
gardens located on public land.
Trash and recycling bins: Purchase the
bins and arrange for removal of the contents.
Basic first aid kit: Plan to replenish it
Onsite signage: Common signs include:
- Name of garden with email address contact & how to
- Please Respect Our Garden: We're Growing Food for Families
- Compost Greens Here
- Compost Browns Here
- Finished Compost: Do Not Add Anything
- Tasting Garden: Pick Produce Here
- Ready to Pick
- Not Ripe Yet