Archive for May, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

May 29, 2011

A Salute to my Dad and Mom at BG William C. Doyle Veterans' Cemetery

The neverending garden updates

May 28, 2011

our plot and the barn

As you can see the plot is on a farm. While I don’t know the full history of how the community garden got started (I guess I should, but the details escape me), the farm is no longer a working farm.

First bean plants, first tomato on the Sweet 100 plant.

May 24, 2011

I’ll be posting pictures as the vegetables grow. It’s life affirming to watch plants grow, especially in this time of weather calamities, threats of war, and political stridency. Back to the earth, back to the basics, back to getting my hands into the soil, and blocking out all other narratives.

Our Garden Plot

May 20, 2011

Our plot


I decided that I wanted a vegetable garden. The Mr. is very good at gardening having descended from a family of florists and “growers”. Over the years and locations, we have had gardens and he blossoms in the environment of gardening as much as the flowers and tomatoes. Where we live now, the deer rule. One day last year in passing he mentioned a community garden he passed while driving. I investigated,signed us up on the waiting list, and threw myself into volunteering to be “visible”. This spring we got a plot. Now, the plot thickens. Somehow I thought that getting a plot implied a piece of land into which you stuck tomato plants. Well, yeah, but not until you have mulched your paths before a certain date, turned your garden over before a certain date, and planted your plants before a certain date (or be branded an anarchist in the community garden). Everything must be organic (Mon Dieu, no Miracle Grow???!!!), and you must ‘be there at least 4 hours a week’, to make sure no weeds escape your plot onto others’. Yikes. By the time we purchased the wood to raise our bed, purchased the top soil, manure and chicken poo, the plants and seeds, we are looking at $100 tomatoes out of our 12 plants, and 120 bean seeds planted. That said, I think our garden is the most beautiful and symmetrical of the farm. Never mind we only planted two crops and everyone around us has lettuce, beets, spinach, plants to dye their yarns, asparagus, chives, strawberries, carrots and G*d knows what else crammed in their 10 x 20 plots.