Guadalupe Community Garden Demonstration Plot (GDG)
On November 1, 2008 the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County were handed the keys to plot #20 at the new, urban Guadalupe Community Garden within the Guadalupe River Park and Garden complex to use for research, demonstration and education. The Guadalupe Community Garden is an especially interesting project since it is the first community garden in California to be watered exclusively with recycled water. Our partners in this high visibility project are the Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, South Bay Water Recycling, and Santa Clara Valley Water District. The Community Garden is located at the corner of Walnut and Asbury Streets, off Highway 87 in downtown San Jose, across Taylor Street from the Heritage Rose Garden. (directions to GDG)
The Guadalupe Demo Garden is a typical 20’X20’ community garden plot, and the MG team working it is small but mighty. Our goals for this project include growing a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers year-round, to demonstrate how much produce can be grown in a typical space with good gardening principles such as soil amendment, efficient watering, mulching, crop rotation, and attracting beneficials. We will be involved in the periodic testing of the soil and plant material to determine the effect of recycled water, and will conduct public education classes throughout the year.
The team’s first activity was to attend a required training session on how to use special recycled water equipment, to keep recycled water separate from potable water. We then began to prepare the plot by digging down to the base soil that had been compacted by construction equipment, breaking through the hardpan, removing many, many rocks, amending the soil with soybean meal and alfalfa pellets, partitioning the beds and finally burying kitchen scraps as compost. The first plants (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and cucumbers) were planted on April 13; more followed in early May.
|Garden in early summer, 2009|
Our regular work schedule is Monday, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. The official opening ceremonies for the Guadalupe Community Garden took place on Friday, August 14, 2009.
Progress of the garden in photos
|Site of Community Gardens||Layout of the Community Garden is complete||Lots of rocks were removed|
|Screening out rocks from garden plot||Removing even more rocks||Building trellis|