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Garden Details

Our amazing volunteers proudly show off a brand new Chard Your Yard garden they just completedGarden Bed Information

  • Dimensions are 3' x 5' x 12"
  • Bed are constructed from treated pine lumber from Siwek Lumber
  • Each bed is filled with a soil/compost blend from The Mulch Store
  • The bed is constructed and dirt is delivered to your yard by friendly program volunteers

Garden Bed Pricing - 2023

Here are garden prices :

  • Standard 3' x 5' x 12" raised garden bed is $70
  • Subsidized 3' x 5' x 12" raised garden bed is $35 (See below)
  • Double High 3' x 5' x 24" raised garden bed is $70 (See below)

YES, those prices are $15 LESS THAN 2022!!!  We benefit from cheaper lumber prices AND continued funding for our program from Soil Sales and DONATIONS!

Limit of One Bed Per Address/Household

Because of the limited size and scope of our project, we are limiting garden bed sales to one bed per address/household.  We want to encourage as many gardeners as we can.  

Subsidized Bed Pricing

Subsidized garden beds are available for households who are low income. The price of these beds is discounted by the Longfellow Community Council and Transition Longfellow so the final cost for these beds is $42.50.  Income qualification rates are:

  • 1 person - $30,000
  • 2 persons - $40,000
  • 3 Persons - $50,000
  • 4 persons - $60,000

Double-high Beds

We also offer a double-high bed for persons with disabilities.  The double-high bed facilitates better access for people with physical disabilities.  

The double-high subsidized beds cost $70 for the recipient and are subsidized through funds from the Chard Your Yard program and the Longfellow Community Council.

Homeowners and Renters

Gardens can be installed in homeowner or renter yards. Renters must have written permission from the landlord to complete an installation. 

Soil Quality and Garden Depth

Note: Because the bed is only 12" high, the roots of plants will go deeper into the soil below. If you have a concern about soil quality, you may wish to have a soil test done for the area you will place your bed. You can have this done at the University of Minnesota soil testing lab. Plan ahead on this as it takes several weeks to get results back.

We encourage gardeners to lay a barrier of organic materials such as newspaper, leaves, brush, stickes and even logs.  This material will break down slowly over time and provide deep nutrients to your garden.  This is similar to a practice called Hügelkultur; partially filling the bed with sticks or branches to decay and add nutrients to the soill as they break down over time. Hügelkultur is especially helpful for double high beds which require lots of soil. 

If you have questions not answered above about our garden beds, please Contact Us.

This page was updated - 2023-03-02