We've had at least one plot in our community garden now for five years. It's an ongoing learning process that we've really enjoyed. We actually gardened for another five years in a few other friend's spaces so using a plot here was a natural move for us especially seeing as this garden is only five minutes from our house. (The other gardens were each about 30-40 minutes away.)
Since I've not shown any photos of this garden at all yet in my blog, I thought it would be a great time to give you a very quick tour of what a community garden looks like. I wrote about the pros and cons of a community garden here and I'm really happy with this shared garden space.
Our garden is behind a large church and was initiated by a Master Gardener as a community project. She's done an excellent job in organizing and coordinating a very large garden space into one in which countless gardeners can enjoy a large enough plot to feed a family of four (at least!) She now has raised up other volunteers to help organize this large area. All the garden spaces were taken this year...it's great to know that people are so interested in gardening in suburbia.
We have a lot of freedom in this garden space. We can put up fences (there are deer who like to browse) if we want and can plant perennials such as strawberries and asparagus as well as annual plants. This is because we own the plots year round. We only need to confirm our garden space every year. We had two plots one year but found out that it was way more than we could manage. We are back to one and this fits our needs perfectly.
|Our plot is right next to the road and water.|
|Garden in June|
|Our Giant Compost Bin|
This fenced compost area is for garden weeds and waste. Anyone is welcome to use the soil as needed. It's not a maintained compost area, so there can be weed seeds in the soil, but the idea of composting is being shared and I really like this.
|We have a water tank right by our garden...perfect.|
|Garden in early July|
Do you garden in a community space or have you visited one?
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