Isn’t it nice when the town offers community garden plots for a very small fee and even, advice, workshops, compost and mulch? It’s frugal, easy and fulfilling. Isn’t it also nice when there is good mood in one’s work environment? Hubby and a few friends from his job, gather together to do what I find quite interesting activities that vary from football (the American style), to comedy nights, to snowboarding and even to…gardening.
Last summer, they came with the great idea to rent a plot as a team and try their hands in producing…produce. It was fun and a huge success. Oh the tomatoes!
This year they are going at it again and I can’t wait to enjoy this year’s tomatoes. I have to say the plot looks pretty professional this year. Guys, if you read this, good job!
Gardeners are free to plant any vegetables or/and flowers they like and organic practices are “strongly encouraged”. I enjoy the mix of vegetables and busting with color flower gardens. I always have questions like “what plant is this?” and “wow what flower is that?” and the other gardeners are always obligingly informative and helpful.
To get a better idea, see what this town in western Mass is doing by visiting the Northampton Community Garden page and here is an excerpt of this year’s cost for a plot:
The annual fee for a plot is $22. Plots are roughly 20 x 20 feet; access to water and tools is included in the fee as is access to site-made compost, and wood chips for mulch.
Pretty frugal, right?
The first greens of the year made a great salad:
Check if your town offers such options. Whether you are a first time gardener or having a small yard, this is a great and frugal way to garden. You can socialize or keep to yourself, there is no pressure (personally, I like no pressure as much as I like tomatoes).
Mistakes are ok too. No worries you will destroy your lawn, that your neighbors or HOA (HomeOwners’ Association) will get upset or, that the costs will be too high.
I love how personal, different and whimsical are the lots. Some do raised beds, some use straw for mulch, others do clean rows or plant a wild garden abound with flowers and herbs.
I don’t know how many towns or even countries have programs like this but I think,
it should spread world-widely
and every town should have community gardens – if possible.
If you are lucky enough to live near a community garden,
get some friends and have some fun! 🙂
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