The beautiful weather this week has shattered my last remaining excuse for not getting my garden space at the whipped into shape so I’ve finally broken ground there. Much to the relief of my garden neighbors, I’m sure!
Since this is my first year there and I’m still figuring out what I want to do with my space, I’ve spent considerable time wandering the rest of the garden, checking out what others have done with their plots. It probably looked like I was avoiding work on mine but I was really doing research. And perhaps stalling just a little bit.
Every plot there has its own personality and I can’t help but wonder if they are a reflection of the people behind each garden. Some are very precise, with everything laid out in tight formation and meticulously labeled. Others are more carefree, with an emphasis on aesthetics. A few are very whimsical with accoutrements adding to their fun vibe. I’m looking forward to getting to know each person to see if their personalities “match” their gardens!
So what am I going to do with mine? It’s a blank canvas right now and I’m vacillating between an efficient system to maximize every square inch and having a “fun” garden that evolves over time and according to my whims. My prediction: if it’s going to fit my personality, I think it will start out as the former but end up much more like the latter.
Right now my goal is to get a wooden frame around the plot to help contain it and, well, just because it looks really good that way. The soil in my area needs some serious amendments so that is also a priority. I’m taking a much more scientific approach to my garden then I ever have before and I’m going to be testing the pH of the soil to get it into shape. A big “Thank You!” to Jim Carr for his presentation on soil amendments and soil testing at the February Organic Gardening class sponsored by the Community Garden Association. That really inspired me to make sure my soil is in prime condition before planting.
I’m already resigned to the fact that getting my garden plot in shape and looking good is going to cost so much that I could probably just buy the produce it will yield 10 times over at the supermarket. But this is a long term project that will pay off over time. Plus, you can’t put a price on the taste and satisfaction of fresh, organic vegetables that you grew yourself. There is no substitute for that at any cost!
For more information on the Community Garden Association or for how you can volunteer to help with the Food Bank Garden, contact Barb Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-228-0538.