Today I am inaugurating a “Garden 2015” category on this blog! Stepping into rather unknown territory, Joe and I have rented a plot at the nearby community garden. It’s the fourth season for the garden, and every year I’ve wistfully considered signing up but each previous year have concluded that we didn’t have sufficient time or interest to take it on. For nine years, we belonged to a CSA that required weekly work hours, which I really enjoyed and learned so much from while the past two summers we’ve enjoyed local produce through a weekly pickup that carries no work obligation. However, increasingly I found myself missing the activity of tending soil and plants, and we thought about a little garden in our own yard to keep things simple, but the presence of a 7′ fence at the community garden as a protection against deer finally sealed the deal. Within a week or two of signing up, self-doubt surfaced. I have no idea how to go about this. It’s going to be so much work. What have we gotten ourselves into? What was I thinking?
But I have already learned that “community” is a key feature of this gardening experience. A friend and fellow gardener mentioned she and her husband would be working their plot on Saturday afternoon if we wanted to join them. So on Saturday, a sunny first full-day of spring, we spent two incredibly joyful and productive hours with Kathie and Pete preparing our plot for the season. We turned over the soil with shovels, pulled some weeds and plant remnants, then roto-tilled, added compost (conveniently provided for all of us, another “community” advantage), roto-tilled again, and voila it’s ready for planting. Can’t wait!