The Community Garden
The Trybal Revival Community Garden is located at 1425 East Michigan Avenue. It was established in May of 2010, in part due to a “Good Neighbor” grant from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
This garden offers 20 raised beds within a fenced perimeter. Gardeners can choose to have their own bed(s) (up to 2 per family) or help with shared garden space as much or little as they are able. There’s a pergola in an open area of the garden which we’re growing grapes on to one day provide some welcomed shade and some yummy fruit! If you are interested in gardening with us at the Trybal Revival Community Gaden please contact us — we’d be happy to show you the ropes!
- Raised Beds: There are 20 raised beds filled with wonderful rich soil, compost and other organic materials. Most of the beds are approximately 4′ X 10′ making it easy to reach everything from the edges. Beds along the outer perimeter of the garden are along the fence which can be used for growing climbers or tying up vines to save space. We ask that all gardeners “retire” their bed(s) at the end of the season by pulling out all the dead plants and doing a thorough weeding at the end of the season. We will cover the beds with a layer of fresh mulch over the winter.
- Plant Starts & Seeds: We start some plants by seed indoors under grow lights in the early spring, and are happy to share a portion of our starts, this combined with the plant start giveaway program offered by Common Ground Kalamazoo, we are usually able to offer our fellow gardeners a nice selection to get them started. Likewise, we usually have more seeds than we can plant for our own use and are happy to make the surplus available to our gardeners. This is not intended to provide our gardeners with all the plants and seeds they will want/need for their garden beds, but it’s a good start.
- Tools and Supplies: There is a tote in the northeast corner of the garden with a collection of hand tools for gardener’s use at the Trybal Revival Community Garden. The tote also contains some stakes, ties, and markers. There are tomato cages and stakes/markers stacked in the corner of the garden that are available for everyone’s use, please return them neatly to the corner when you are done with them. We encourage gardeners to be creative in developing trellis methods and adding a little pizazz to thier garden beds.
- Water: We are very proud of our watering system! Because we live next door and up hill from the garden, we are able use rain water in the garden. We collect rainwater from our roof, hold it in storage tanks, and gravity feed it to a spigot at the garden. As much as we love this model of sustainability, we realize that the summer can get hot and dry, so you will find a second spigot in the garden which is fed by a hose from our house with city water. Each spigot is clearly marked and located along the easterly fence. Please do not use the City water for watering plants until/unless the rainwater is empty. We ask that you respect this natural resource and use only as much water as you need. We provide watering cans, and prefer that you hand water your plants individually to conserve water.
- Compost: There is a compost pile in the garden. Feel free to pile your weeds or spent plants on the pile. We’ll turn the pile each year and “harvest” some rich soil for the beds. In an effort to deter varmints, please do not add food scraps (other than garden waste) to the compost pile, and of course no non-organic trash.