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Become A Gardener or Garden Volunteer today!

Thank you for your interest in our garden.


We will start preparing for the gardening season soon!

Check back later this winter for new and up-to-date resources and information.



Please return completed form via mail with payment to Highland Ridge CDC.



Get your hands dirty. Literally! Whether you are an individual volunteer, or you lead a group, we're always looking for people to help in our garden.


  1. Understand Your Climate and Zone:

    • Know your USDA hardiness zone or the equivalent in your region. This will help you choose plants that are well-suited to your climate.

  2. Start Small:

    • Begin with a small garden or a few containers. It's easier to manage, and you can learn the basics without feeling overwhelmed.

  3. Choose the Right Location:

    • Select a spot with proper sunlight, water drainage, and access to water. Most vegetables and flowers require at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

  4. Quality Soil:

    • Invest in good-quality soil. Well-draining soil enriched with compost provides a healthy foundation for plants.

  5. Learn about Watering:

    • Understand the water needs of your plants. Overwatering or underwatering can be detrimental. Water in the morning to allow plants to absorb moisture before the heat of the day.

  6. Select Easy-to-Grow Plants:

    • Start with plants that are known to be beginner-friendly, like tomatoes, basil, or marigolds. As you gain experience, you can experiment with more challenging varieties.

  7. Educate Yourself:

    • Read about the specific needs of the plants you choose. Learn about their growth habits, ideal soil conditions, and any potential pests or diseases.

  8. Use the Right Tools:

    • Invest in basic gardening tools such as a hand trowel, pruners, and gloves. These tools will make your gardening tasks more efficient.

  9. Mulching:

    • Mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. It's a valuable addition to any garden.

  10. Be Patient:

    • Gardening takes time. Don't be discouraged by setbacks or slow progress. Enjoy the process and learn from each experience.

  11. Observation is Key:

    • Pay attention to your plants. Watch for any signs of pests, diseases, or nutrient deficiencies. Early detection allows for easier and more effective intervention.

  12. Connect with Experienced Gardeners:

    • Join local gardening clubs, online forums, or social media groups. Experienced gardeners can offer valuable advice and support.

Remember, every garden is unique, and you'll likely encounter a learning curve. Embrace the journey, and soon you'll find joy in watching your garden flourish.

Looking for a particular document or form? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!

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