FAQs about ordering gardens
faqs about volunteering
Please see our delivery map to find out if we deliver to your area.
Every BLITZ garden measures 4' wide by 8' long and 10" deep. Once built and filled with high-quality, organic soil from Blue Ribbon Organics (included), it will look like this:
Milwaukee County's landscape has been ruled by industry for so long that most of our soil is contaminated with toxins. For this reason, we encourage residents to garden in raised beds with healthy soil brought in from elsewhere. If you're curious about your soil and would like to have it tested for general growing requirements or for lead, follow the links below.
*If you were to build a similar garden yourself, you'd spend between $185 - $400 with lumber, seeds, organic soil and delivery costs, not to mention all the time you'd spend putting it all together. Plus, your purchase helps us keep doing the work we do, building communities that grow their own food!
We cannot predict precisely when your garden will be installed because this is a volunteer-driven event. However, the process for garden installation looks like this:
Click this link to start your registration. You will be prompted to pay for your garden online at the end of the registration. You must pay for your garden before May 10, 2017 (by Jan. 15 for earlybird Pricing!). If you prefer, you may send a check made out to Victory Garden Initiative to:
No, you do not need to be present. Please mark the spot where your garden will be (see above under "What do I need to do before my garden arrives?") and make sure there is access to your garden. If you have a gate, be sure to leave it unlocked!
Each BLITZ garden will receive a varied selection of 10 vegetable and flower seed packets. You can also order seeds and plants locally from Slow Food WIse and Teens Grow Greens. Many grocery, hardware and dollar stores sell seeds, and garden centers carry transplants to get a head start on the growing season.
Yes! You can order just soil through the BLITZ and volunteers will come drop it off wherever you'd like during May 13th-May 27th (just be sure to indicate where in your registration). Don't know how many cubic yards to order? Use this soil calculator (1 yard = 27 cubic feet):
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Since Victory Garden Initiative does not have enough Garden Mentor volunteers for everyone, you’ll need to apply to receive the help of a Mentor. Mentors visit you five times over the course of the season, including once before the garden is installed to help you pick a good site. For more information, visit VictoryGardenInitiative.org/gardenmentor and/or click here to register to receive a Mentor.
Please direct questions to our Program Manager Kelly at 414-727-2292 or kelly@VictoryGardenInitiative.org.
Q: What will I be doing?
That depends on which day you volunteer! Here's the general schedule, though this is subject to change:
Before May 13th: Construct and spray paint signs, cut boards, pre-drill holes. Contact Kelly if you're interested in helping out before the BLITZ to get this done.
May 13-22nd: Deliver lumber and construct gardens. You'll be using power drills, lifting and moving wood, and using shovels to level out any big bumps under the garden area.
May 14th-23rd: Deliver soil to pre-constructed beds. You'll be using wheelbarrows to deliver soil from trucks and trailers to the garden beds. This will require a good deal of lifting, bending, and shoveling.
May 21st: BLITZ Party! All volunteers who have helped with the BLITZ are invited to celebrate with the team. Location, TBA.
On the registration form, you'll be asked if you have any tools to use during the BLITZ or a truck. We don't have enough tools for everyone, so we rely on our amazing volunteers to bring some of theirs. If you have shovels, drills (bring your charger and extra battery!), 5 gallon buckets, rakes or wheelbarrows please bring them along, but make sure you label them with your name and phone number.
If you have a truck that you would be comfortable using to haul lumber or soil, please get in contact with Kelly ahead of time firstname.lastname@example.org
You will also want to bring:
Habitat for Humanity has partnered with us to use the lot behind their headquarters for the Victory Garden BLITZ. The address is: 3726 N Booth Street in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee. Each day we'll start here with a quick training, then send you on your way to build gardens! Please park on the street.
If you are scheduled for the morning or all day (as you indicated on your registration), please arrive at or before 8:00 AM. If you are scheduled for the afternoon only, please arrive by 12 pm. If you are unable to arrive by your scheduled time, please email or call Kelly at 414-727-2292.
We will be set up in the parking lot next to Habitat's offices. The gate should be open, but please park on the street. Walk into the gate and look for the registration table set up outside. We'll get you checked in there.
We will likely have other tasks for you to work on, such as assisting with checking in volunteers, keeping track of garden progress, and constructing signs. Get in touch with our Program Manager Kelly if this is the case for you: Kelly@VictoryGardenInitiative.org or 414-727-2292 (or cell: 414-308-2282).
That's great! The BLITZ is an excellent team-building exercise, whether it's a group of friends or business associates. Teams of up to 5 can fit in a truck, so that's the ideal size. If you have more, we might need to split you into two teams, or have a separate car follow. Please download our Group Volunteer Guide and email Kelly to determine which days are available for your group to volunteer during the BLITZ.
Because we are using shovels and wheelbarrows, climbing in and out of pickup trucks and using lots of muscles throughout the day, the BLITZ is not an ideal place for young children. We recommend bringing only teenagers - they have a lot of energy to expend! If you do need to bring your (younger than 13 or 14) kids, please travel with your team in your own car and make sure that you take proper precautions to keep your kids safe and out of the way of your teammates.
More questions? Give us a call at 414-727-2292 or send an email.