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Community Garden: late April update

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We’ve had a few issues with the community garden.  First, the water was supposed to be hooked up and available on April 1.  It was at least a week later than that — and they can’t blame frozen ground, because after such a warm winter, there’s no way the ground was frozen.  Then, when they finally did put it in, they trampled two of the hills where we’d already planted pumpkins.  And nobody even told us about it!  There was no email sent out saying, “Hey, when the water was put in, we couldn’t avoid using our equipment in plot #9.  We’re really sorry if we disturbed something you’d planted.”  We were pretty mad.  Stephan replanted (we were out of pumpkin seeds, but he put some acorn squash there) and we’re trying to get over it.

Also, this garden is supposed to be organic — not only because it seems the most logical way to garden when you have a lot of people in a close area and some of them might not want any chemicals on their plants, but also because it’s in a protected drinking water area.  One day when Stephan and I were out there, we saw some MiracleGro bags in the Dumpster.  I don’t generally have a problem with MiracleGro, but it’s definitely NOT organic.  And then, all the gardeners got a very angry email from the organizer because apparently someone used a herbicide out there — one that was not organic.  Never mind that we were told when we signed up for the plot, that it was in the paperwork we received, and that it was mentioned at the meeting we had that we had to be organic.  Someone used a herbicide anyway.  Grrr.  State inspectors can shut the whole garden down if they catch anyone using chemical herbicides or insecticides in a protected drinking water area.  Since we’ve already put a lot of work and money into our plots, I will be very angry if it gets shut down.

But, on the positive side, we did manage to snag that third plot.  We’ve got two plots totally planted, and Stephan planted tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower in the third.

Stephan, checking to see if peas are coming up yet

When we plant together, Stephan's in charge of hoeing the rows, and I plant the seeds.

Tomato plants


We’re also still planning to plant corn, peppers, and summer squashes.  I hope we have room for everything.  I think that some things we can harvest early (like lettuce and spinach) and then plant something else there.  Also, Stephan wants to try “Three Sisters” planting, which is when you plant corn, climbing beans or peas, and squash all together.  The beans or peas climb up the corn stalks and the squash covers the ground around the corn, helping to keep weeds down.  It’s supposed to work well and maximize your space.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

5 responses »

  1. I’d love to hear how that Three Sisters gardening works out. Seems like you’d step on the squash when harvesting the corn, but maybe I’m just one of those klutzes who doesn’t watch where she walks! 🙂

  2. Love to hear about community garden efforts. Keep up the great posts!

  3. I am very impressed with all you’ve done so far! Lookin’ good!

  4. Michelle, I’m pretty sure it’ll be hard not to step on anything in such a small plot. In other words, yes, I think you are right. I’ll use my ballet slippers.


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