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!

This is a hat I knitted for a friend that had a baby last year. Now that my daughter is having a baby….yes, I’m going to be a nana! 🙂 I’m looking for cute things to knit for her! (We know it’s a girl). They are already half-way through the pregnancy and I realized I haven’t started knitting anything yet! So I need to make some decisions and get busy. If anyone has any ideas of something they have knitted and loved…please post here. I’d love to hear from everyone!
baby hat

Photos by Teresa Bass – all rights reserved

Spring trips

We just got home from a Mt biking and climbing vacation with friends.  I didn’t get too many pictures because I was spending so much time playing, but the few I got I thought I’d share.






There were some really cool rock formations
in this huge bouldering area.


Lucy and I did more hanging out, soaking up the sun and taking pictures, than scrambling around on the rocks.


It was a beautiful time spent with friends outdoors. I hope your days are equally full of beauty and happiness.

Thanks for stopping by!

Photos by Teresa Bass – all rights reserved