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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Gardening Made Easy for the Young and Old

Jun 24, 2011 01:10PM

Teich Garden Systems in South Salem has opened ten Good Food Gardens at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Good Food Gardens are designed to educate families on the importance of fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods as key ingredients to ending childhood hunger. The Food Network has underwritten the creation of more than 30 such gardens across the country.

  This spring Teich also installed their first college garden system at the State University of New York. These school garden systems function well during summertime, even when practically unattended due to skeletal staff. Three types of fencing keep out animals, while weed block and a built-in irrigation system that functions on a battery-operated timer enable the gardens to virtually care for themselves. This leaves volunteers with little to do but check that the garden door is closed and the watering system is functioning properly. They may also take home any ripening veggies, leaving the rest for students to harvest when they return to school in the fall.

  Poor native soil is not an obstacle because Teich brings in healthy soil for their gardens, which can be installed on uneven landscapes, slopes and anywhere there is sun. Teich Garden Systems design staff can create custom garden solutions for every yard, including special features that make gardening easier for seniors.

Teich Gardens is located in South Salem, NY. For more information, call 914.533.2484 or visit