George Jenkins

Saturday, August 18, 2012 was the date of the Community Planters first evern Permablitz!

This mini edible garden is the first of many the ConnectPolk Community Planters hopes to establish throughout Lakeland and Polk County. We are striving not only to help establish community gardens; but to have edible gardens, free and available to the public, at places of business, vacant lots, bus stops, and so forth. This idea has germinated from the need for green space within our cities. Taking once forgotten space and transforming it into a thriving garden and neighborhood hub is one example of community empowerment and action.

The Site:

 A small (10′ x 14′) lot between two buildings

The Before Shot

 1203 George Jenkins Bvld Lakeland, FL

But that’s such a small space!  How much food can you plant there?  Here’s a the list…

Chaya, Dwarf Peach, Banana, Sugar Cane, Malabar Spinach, Crook Neck Squash, Zucchini, Eggplant, Passion Vine, Calabaza, Pineapple, Edible Cactus (nopales), Basil, Oregano, Garlic Chives, Spiderwort, Egyptian spinach (Molokhiya), Pole Beans, Perennial Peanut, Sunflower, Aztec Sweet Herb, Nasturtiums, Hopi Red Amaranth, and  wildflower seed mix for good measure.

That’s a lot of food!  Can you imagine plots like these all over town, in every town? 

The Permablitz!

(Talk about fun!)