The Ole Community Garden

Peppers, tomatoes, ochre, beets, summer squash, scallions, leeks, onions, eggplant, swiss chard, pumpkins, brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips, turnips, butternut squash, beans, kale, spinach, and basil.

I love gardening. I love everything about it, but more than anything, I love the feeling I get when I finally get to pick the ripest tomato you’ve ever seen from the vine and set it into our garden bag. I know that most parents would disagree, but for myself, it’s like bringing a new child into the world. New and perfect in every way. All a gardener can say is “isn’t it beautiful?” It is. Congratulations, it is.

Why am I all excited about gardening now? It’s only January! Well, it might only be January, but in the matter of weeks we’re going to be stepping into the very beginning of gardening season. Time to get your community garden plots in order, your seeds traded, compost turned, and your work boots out of the closet!

Community gardens? I know that most of you have heard of community gardens, and I’m equally sure that some of you have had taken part in your local community garden, but there is a small percentage who have never heard of one and even a more who have no idea what community gardens are even about.

According to the American Community Gardening Association, a community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people or a community. It’s also an essential part of a sustainable community. Each member of the garden will purchase a small “plot”. The cost of the plot is proportionate to the size of the plot. Most gardens offer a range of plots, compost, and tools. It’s always a bargain, no matter how much you pay. The amount of food that could come out of a 12′x12′ plot could feed a family of four for months and have a value in the thousands. It’s all in how you do it.

There are a lot of other benefits to community gardening. You might never find a greater sense of community than when you’re with the garden community sharing notes, trading veggies, or just enjoying the day with good people. Now is the time of year to get involved with your community garden. It’s not something you;ll ever regret doing.

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