Garden as though you will live forever. ~ William Kent
I was watering our community garden this year and wondering at the lush green happiness that the three plots have provided. This is our first year for the garden and the joy it has brought the community far exceeds that of the people who have planted and tilled the land.
Before the garden was there, there were just weeds and not pretty ones at that. The narrow strip that defines our community common area now houses a little library, a picnic table, and the garden. Behind that is the Natural Growth Protection Area that the state mandates.
This year our small part of this garden has yielded over 20 zucchini squashes, over 20 tomatoes, and hundreds, nay thousands of wild flowers. Two different kinds of corn are close to being harvested. I liked that the corn was truly a case of “knee high by July”.
It was an interesting engineering project to bring water to the garden. But I ended up just running a long hose to the raised sprinkler. That seems to work along with a mechanical (vice electric) timer at the spigot.
Where we didn’t plant vegetables I planted wild flowers with abandon. The came up plentiful and in so many colors changing as the season progresses.
My wife has done most of the work and I put in the white picket fence for her to keep the local kids honest. Not bad for the first year if’n you as me.