Monday, August 23, 2010

Where has the Summer gone?

Over the past few years that we've grown a kitchen garden, we've found that one of our favorite parts of gardening is talking to neighbors about our garden and sharing the harvest.  This past March I created this blog to show the wider community how to grow food at home.  Around the same time, an opportunity to get involved in creating a new neighborhood community garden presented itself.  We got very excited and volunteered to help make this project a success.  After years of growing food for our ourselves, we wanted to help grow other gardeners.

This site before- a gravel vacant lot

Over the first few months, the volunteers got together for planning meetings and potlucks.  We helped create a design and develop a construction schedule.  

In July, we started building.

By mid-August, the group had built all the raised vegetable beds and completed the fence.  

Members are starting to plant their Fall seeds and starts.  In September we will have work parties to construct the common spaces of the garden.

The new garden is called Orchard & Vine Community Garden and is located at N. 45th & N. Orchard St.

This is why I haven't blogged all Summer like I had hoped to.  It was enough just trying to keep up our own garden while helping create another.  We did meet our goal of growing new gardeners.  At least twenty families have signed up for plots for Fall.

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