• Jill

Summertime in Our Community Gardens!


I can imagine that it's twice as hard to manage a community garden plot compared to having a backyard garden. For example, I can just open the door, and turn on the hose to water my garden on these hot, hot days.


Community gardeners have to get in the car, drive to their garden plot and then take care of their little green things -- and generally in the heat of the day, because the community garden really isn't open after dusk.


I admire their persistence so much, and that's why when you see a really well tended garden, you know that someone is investing lots of time and care into it. Most of the gardens that are well tended in the community plots are those that are growing for large harvests. I'm sure there's lots of canning and freezing going on with some of these gardeners.


Generally, when I visit the community garden, there are a few gardeners out and about, and I like to chat them up and ask about their crops, and how their garden is faring. They are always eager to talk, and we share gardening tips and lore. It's just great fun.


Today there were very few gardeners about -- in fact, I only spoke to just one. It was the gardener who owned the succulent garden. As I passed, I said to him, "Beautiful!" He replied, "Hot!"


So, so true.