This year I decided to get a plot at the community garden.
One of my big goals this year is the garden.
It always looks amazing to anyone but me—they don’t notice the weeds, they don’t know the beets are full of holes, the spinach has blight, and the basil keeps going to flower. (They might notice I haven’t harvested a tomato in 2 years.)
Last year we had a lot of ants and a lot of leaf miners. Both have been problems for awhile—and I want some damn carrots! And beets!
So I thought that I could do myself 2 favors and get a second plot.
- Favor #1: Different soil. I’m hoping better soil.
- Favor #2: More space. 10’x20′ more!
- BONUS Favor: The seriously under-utilized common areas.
The community garden bed will be primarily used for my root crops: celeriac, radishes, carrots, parsnips, beets. But I am also hoping to utilize it for tomatillos, melons, and overflow tomatoes. I want to take advantage of the new/better soil, and also plant things that are unlikely to be swiped by inconsiderate neighbors.
At home I’ll have more items that I harvest daily for meals, and “big ticket” items like my peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and beans.
And the garden is close to downtown, so I think most days I’ll skip over and look after things over my lunch break. A great reason to be outside in the sunshine, getting my hands dirty. They have tools available, I think I might actually pop over tomorrow and start clearing the bed out so I can plant radishes and carrots.