Some of us simply can’t get enough of playing in the dirt. That’s why we created a Garden Club here at the Rodale Inc. headquarters in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. It gives us a chance to get outside on our lunch hour at least once a week and pull a few weeds or harvest some zucchini.
The garden was laid out to take maximum advantage of the sunlight in the courtyard outside of our employee cafe. Our Facilities crew built 10 4-by-8-foot raised beds for us, and they even ran plumbing out there so we can have two hose stations and a produce-washing sink. The plan includes a pavilion, to be added later, that will be used for al fresco business meetings and lunches.
Since the beds are adjacent to the path that some employees and visitors use to get to the cafe, they frequently stop and check out the veggies and flowers. If one of the Garden Club members is working in the garden at the time, they might ask a question or two. We’re hoping at least a few people people will be inspired to start their own gardens once they see how little effort it takes to get so much produce and so many flowers from one small bed.
Our photography editor, Patrick Montero, has been documenting the progress of our garden throughout the season. Here are some highlights:
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