Get Healthy DeSoto embraces the concept of community gardening and has established a community garden; the Vineland Herb Garden. We believe this will benefit individuals, local restaurant establishments, and the overall community.
We enthusiastically invite you to take part!
The Vineland Herb Garden is located on Vineland School Rd., next to the Superintendent’s Office. There are several volunteers who work the beds, and Phil and Mary Ann Gebhardt help coordinate the work. In the case of the herb garden, we sell sponsorships for $50, $40, and $20 to cover expenses for each raised bed. The Garden Master handles most of the planting and maintenance, but people in the community are welcome to work in the beds whenever they have the time and interest. Also, people in the community can share in the harvest. Anyone in the community may stop by for herbs whenever they are in season, including local restaurants who would like to use the fresh herbs in their culinary pursuits.
This year we have twenty raised beds in the herb garden. The volunteers have done a superb job with the gardens. The herbs and other plants are growing: include lemon basil, basil, garlic, chives, raspberries, mint, catmint, epazote, lovage, oregano, zinnias, curly parsley, flat leaf parsley, Italian parsley, lemon grass, echinacea, sorrel, sage, strawberries, fennel, tarragon, cilantro, coriander, blackberries, caraway, chamomile, dill, Italian peppers, lavender, yellow pear, marjoram, jalapeno peppers, Greek basil, grape tomato, rosemary, savory, lemon verbena, thyme, spearmint, and peppermint. There are also three fruit trees in the garden, including two apple and one peach.
Please stop by and collect some herbs when they are in season, or take some time to work in the soil. It can be very enjoyable and therapeutic. Vineland Herb Garden is meant for the community to use, share, and enjoy.
Community gardens provide fresh produce and plants. They improve users’ health through increased fresh vegetable consumption, and provide a venue for exercise. In many cases they also offer neighborhood improvement and a sense of community, as well as a connection to the environment.
Community gardens also combat two forms of alienation that plague modern life. They bring gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and they break down isolation by creating a social community.
We hope the De Soto community will take advantage of and enjoy our community garden. Please visit our Photos page to see some magnificent shots of our beautiful and bountiful gardens. Contact Melissa for information about sponsorship.