Why would you want to start a community garden at work? Maybe you love to garden but you’re never at home. Maybe you lack the space. Perhaps you feel it’s silly to have a personal garden, since you live alone and couldn’t possibly use all the produce. Maybe you just want to perk the place up a bit or give employees an emotional boost. Whatever the reason, a garden at work can benefit you and your co-workers or employees in many ways. Consider one of the following ways to garden at work.
A conventional vegetable garden at work provides the most produce.
Large companies often have yard space that isn’t being utilized. Isn’t it a shame that most companies don’t see the potential? Why not ask your employer about starting a community garden to increase employee enthusiasm and loyalty? Raised beds enable each employee to have their own private plot. No room for gardening at work? Choose one of the options below or rent a community garden plot to bond with co-workers.
Grow window herbs at work.
Most retail stores have massive windows with huge entry ways. So do some service companies. Even office buildings have windows somewhere. The herbs you grow at work can be used to flavor boring work lunches. Plants clean toxins from the office air. They leave a pleasant scent. Why let all that sunshine go to waste? Each employee can contribute to the cost by bringing small pots, herb seeds, fertilizer or whatever they wish.
No windowsills? Grow herbs, lettuce, strawberries and such in hanging planters.
Just because you work in limited space, doesn’t mean you can’t have a hanging garden. Think your workplace garden might be less than professional? Put yourself in your clients shoes. Wouldn’t it be pleasant doing business surrounded by beautiful hanging plants? How about the added bonus of a fresh salad after a long meeting? Why not try those upside down tomatoes indoors at work?
A garden sanctuary room makes for soothing breaks.
Got an empty office with good natural light? How about creating a green room? Deck the area out like a park with picnic tables and benches. Scatter potted greenery and produce around the room. Hang and shelve plants too. No light? Use grow lights to keep plants happy. What a nice place to take a break!
Just no way to garden at work?
Talk to fellow employees. Maybe someone has a garden space at home you can all share. If you have extra produce, bring it in for all employees to enjoy. Got a knack for making jelly, pickles or sauces? Can it up and bring it in too. Whether gardening at work or simply sharing your produce, you’ll bring community spirit to the workplace.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.