Day One: Community Gardening
In my desperate attempt to become a gardener, I'm trying something a little different this year. I went in with my sister on a garden plot in one of my city's many community gardens. Truth be told, I have a black thumb. I'm hoping by the end of the season I can say I had a black thumb, though I suppose only time will tell.
Perhaps I am being optimistic, but I was far more excited planting here than I ever was at home. At home I plant WAY too much, WAY too close together, and then I allow the weeds to take over and, well, you get he picture. But at our little plot, everything was laid out exactly as a garden should be. There were rain barrels filled with water, reminding us to use it wisely. All of the surrounding plots were well tended and beautifully manicured. Basically, I got the sense that community gardeners take this very seriously, therefore I should as well. Funny how I couldn't quite grasp that in my own yard in previous years.
Thus far I have learned 3 important things to carry over for next year (because there WILL be a next year in my gardening adventure!):
- Start my seeds about a month later than I did.
- Plant at least a week earlier than I did.
- There is no need to jam pack our plot. We didn't, but only because I was looking around at everyone else's plots. Otherwise I would have packed 20 tiny plants in one single row. Because the more the merrier right?
And so, Day One in the Community Garden was a raging success!