BLITZ Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where do you deliver? 

Please see our delivery map to find out if we deliver to your area.


Q: What does a BLITZ garden look like? 

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: 


Q: Why raised beds?

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.

Q: What is included in the price of a BLITZ garden?

  • 10" deep untreated pine lumber bed construction* - no chemicals leaching into your soil.
  • Delivery of 1 cubic yard of high-quality, organic soil from Blue Ribbon Organics that will give your veggies all the nutrients they need to flourish without chemical fertilizers!*
  • Move Grass Grow Food yard sign - to show all your neighbors that they can grow their own food, too. 
  • Thanks to a generous donation from Stein's, each BLITZ garden recipient will receive a few packets of veggie seeds to start their garden growing!*
  • Installation by VGI volunteers (you don't have to do any heavy lifting!)*
  • Endless community-building opportunities...
*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!

Q: When will my garden be installed?

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: 

  1. Volunteers will first install your garden box any day during May 13th - 27th. Volunteers will call you as they are heading to your site to install your garden. You do not need to be present for your garden to be installed, but please have the location marked out and unlock any gates that will prevent volunteers from entering the garden space. Don't forget to bring your dogs inside! 
  2.  Volunteers will call you again when they return to fill your garden with 1 cubic yard of soil, any day after your bed is built, but definitely by May 27th
  3. If you have questions or concerns about your garden during the BLITZ, you can always call Program Manager Kelly at 414-727-2292 (office) 414-308-2282 (cell). 

Q: What do I have to do to register?

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:

Victory Garden Initiative

1845 N Farwell Ave. Suite 100 

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Q: What do I need to do before my garden arrives?

  • Make sure you pick a spot in your yard that gets full sun - at least 6 hours or more during summer. 
  • Then, before volunteer crews arrive, mark the spot with corner stakes, or some other method that will be obvious to volunteers when they arrive (stones, flower pots, sticks, etc). 
  • Some recipients also choose to lay down cardboard boxes or burlap over the site as a weed barrier to prevent grass from poking through into the garden. Anything biodegradable (made from natural materials like cotton or paper) should work - no plastic, as it can leach chemicals into your organic soil!

Q: Do I need to be home for my garden to be installed?

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!

Q: Where can I find seeds and plants?

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 GreensMany grocery, hardware and dollar stores sell seeds, and garden centers carry transplants to get a head start on the growing season.  

Q: I already have a bed, but would like soil added to my existing garden(s). Do you do that?

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): 


Q: How can I volunteer for the Victory Garden BLITZ?

Great question! Click here to sign up.

Q: I'm new to gardening. How do I get a Garden Mentor?

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.

Q: Who should I contact with questions about the BLITZ?

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.

Q: What should I bring?

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 kelly@victorygardeninitiative.org 

You will also want to bring:
  • Layers of extra clothing and rain gear, depending on the weather
  • Cell phone 
  • Work gloves
  • GPS / Smart phone
  • Lots of water
  • Lunch

Q: Where should I go on the day(s) I am volunteering?

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. 

Q: When should I arrive? 

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.

Q: What should I do once I get there?

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. 

Q: What if I can't lift heavy items or do physical work?

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).

Q: What if I have a group or team I want to sign up to volunteer? 

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. 



Q: Should I bring my kids to volunteer?

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. 
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