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GLT's Grow: Community Gardens Offer Everyone Room To Grow

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Whether you're short on yard space or just looking for a way to give back to your town, a community garden could be a great fit for you.

*Grow host Patrick Murphy said most community gardens are for growing all sorts of edibles.  Fruits and veggies are very popular.

*Community gardens can be private, some are public.  

*There's some simple etiquette to participating in a community garden:  you've got to work to reap the benefits of the garden's harvest.

*Plant what you want to eventually eat, but also think about growing crops you'd like to share with other gardeners.

*Some community gardens have benches under shady trees and picnic tables where you can just go and hang out for a while.

*Watering and weeding are great chores for kids to learn about nature.

*Start with a plant you know.

*Skip seeds and start with starters.

*Both the Town of Normal and City of Bloomington have community gardens that you can join.

Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.