Our Garden Plot

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.


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