Little House on the Community Garden

Our community garden just opened for the season. Since this is my first time gardening in a community environment, I have no idea what to expect. When I first went to our garden plot this weekend my heart sank a little…it was just a small 10X20 rectangle…surrounded by many, many other small little rectangles. I immediately felt claustrophobic. This wasn’t my gig. I don’t like crowds and definitely don’t like being just a number. I-8. That’s me in the community garden world. But, I was committed. I’d paid my fee and was going to garden.
gardenSo the gardening commenced. Even though the ground was tilled, it still needed more cultivating. So Saturday I turned the soil. Broke up clumps. Appended the soil. Built my structure for sweet peas and cucumbers and plotted out my square foot gardening space. The work felt good and it was good to be out in the fresh air. It had been such a long winter.  As I continued my work, grooming what I was now starting to consider my acre, an older gentleman stopped by to chat. I-5. He said he had been gardening here for 3 years for the same reason I did…too much shade at home. He said every year he’s had beautiful vegetables from his garden and was quite happy with his space. We chatted a bit and he said his good-day to start his work. Possibly this wouldn’t be horrible. I mean I now know I-5.
neighborsSunday was another pretty day, so I loaded up the car and headed back to my little homestead. I had my veges in tote and was ready to start putting to bed some of my plants. My mood was improving about this venture. I called a friend who lived close by and she and her dog came by to keep me company and help out a bit. This was great! I’ve always been a rather solo gardener and never had anyone help me garden before. This could work. As the afternoon progressed a few other people stopped by to chat. J-1 was planting potatoes and stopped to say hello and shake my hand. Two other women who happened to be touring the gardens and were curious, also stopped to chat and ask a little about the community garden experience.  They had nothing but praise for my farm and my square foot gardening.  My spirits soared.
My homestead
And so begins my community gardening experience. I’ll keep you posted as my vegetables hopefully sprout and grow with the coming rains and warm summer blanket that will soon be upon us. Thanks for stopping by!

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