The neighborhood I live in offers community garden plots to residents on a first come, first serve basis. Last year, my family and I were “wait-listed” due to an abundance of eager gardeners and a lack of plots. We waited out the long winter in hopes of being offered a plot this spring…and much to our surprise, we got one!
On a lovely spring morning over the weekend, we journeyed the three blocks to our plot—lucky number 18—armed with rakes, spades, and gardening gloves. It was time to work the soil, to get in there and get dirty, to see what sort of ground we had on our hands. This is what we found.
Lots of rocks and pebbles, plastic plant tags, torn bits of potting soil bags, more rocks, clayish soil, scraps of wood—oh, and more rocks. The previous gardeners of this plot also left us a large square strawberry patch. Unfortunately, it’s quite overgrown and riddled with pesky weeds and thistles, so I think we’ll end up pulling it out and growing more vegetables there instead.
Spring is full of new beginnings. Out with rocks and weeds, in with the soil and seeds. Our adventures in gardening are only beginning. Hopefully, in a good 12 weeks or so, I’ll be able to post some stunning before-and-after photographs and maybe a tasty recipe or two using up our garden’s abundance. Stay tuned!