Rebuilding Life after Losing Everything in Hurricane SandySeniors Launch Englewood’s First Balcony Garden at Red Shield Center

Englewood may be known as a food desert, but a group of spunky senior women is growing their own bumper crop of fresh fruit and vegetables in containers at The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Center.

The third-floor balcony at the corps community center had housed a rain barrel for some time, providing a ready water supply for a future garden. The Red Shield Center’s corps officer Lt. Nikki Hughes researched small-space gardening and discovered milk crate gardening. It’s an easy and inexpensive method using common square milk crates partially lined with plastic so that water is drawn down into the potting soil rather than leaking out the sides.

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