The last two weeks have been insanely busy. My front lawn garden is featured in the West End Garden Tour, which I’m really excited about, but it means that the garden needs to be in show-off mode.
On top of that, I just found out about Sholom Community Garden right in my neighborhood, which, of course, I joined immediately. As I discovered last year, my yard gets about 4 hours of decent sun…not enough to justify oodles of sun-loving plants like tomatoes and peppers and eggplant and okra. As such, this year I reluctantly resigned myself to mainly leafy greens and herbs. Don’t get me wrong, the leafy greens and herbs are excellent, but for me they’re a bit of a consolation prize.
Well, the Shalom Garden has now opened up all sorts of crazy tomato and pepper possibilities, and because they let us start planting on June 1st, I’ve been rushing to prepare the bed and plant so I can gorge myself to my heart’s desire later this summer. The one major hurdle to this is that the soil is dense sand and rock and, in some spots, clay,which is exhausting to work through. A 15 by 15 space of full sun seems absolutely ginormous to me. I think I’ll be able to plant basically everything I could want! And even some stuff I don’t want!!!
In any case, my schedule the last couple weeks has mainly been waking up, rushing a watering can to the Garden before work to water seedlings, going to work, going home, and working in the garden until dusk. Then sleep and do it again. Mind you, I’m not complaining, but I am very excited for the point when the garden isn’t such a helpless baby.
By the way, if anyone out there is interested in getting a plot, fill out the Sholom Community Garden Application here. Plots are still available!