Indian Shores condo residents can use their new community garden

07/12/12 Olivia Kabat
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Residents in more and more cities are using public land to create community gardens. The Pinellas beach town of Indian Shores will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to open their new community garden on Thursday July 19.

The new garden is located north of 192nd avenue between Whispering Pines and 2nd street. Bonnie Dhonau, public information officer for the Town of Indian Shores says this resident-only project uses Earth Boxes.

“Well the town of Indian Shores is a condominium-centric town. People here don’t have a lot of space to grow their own fruits and vegetables. So it was decided to use this piece of land that the town owned and develop a community garden using Earth Box technology for residents to have the opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables.”

According to Dhonau this is the only community garden in the state of Florida that uses Earth Boxes.

“They’re a self-contained gardening box or planter box. The technology is shown that they yield about twice as much as if you plant in the ground. So there was research that was done that led us to Earth Box technology and that’s why we wanted to go with that for our community garden.”

Residents have to purchase these mini-planters but can grow vegetables in them at the community garden. Dhonau says anyone is invited to attend the ribbon cutting July 19 at 10 a.m.

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