Growing food in small spaces
The Garden-in-a-Box, created by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS) in 2008, includes a 3 x 4-foot container with enough soil to fill it and a selection of vegetable plants for low-income families to grow their own vegetables.
Sibley County Master Gardeners partnered with MSHS to bring the Garden-in-a-Box program to a mobile home park in their county. The Master Gardeners provided guidance and classes.
The program also provides a season of fun, rewarding gardening and fresh produce. Master Gardeners helped families assemble the raised garden beds and plant vegetables and herbs. Classes covered watering practices to pest management and generated interest in future programs.