No garden is complete without sunflowers. The community gardens must have thousands!
We had a nice turn-out with a lot of friendly new faces for our meeting on Wednesday, August 19th. As usual, the potluck was delicious and most of us went up for seconds (and maybe thirds!). The gardens are busting with lovely produce and that makes for wonderful potlucks!
After dinner, we headed over to the Concord community gardens for a tour. Many of the attendees had a plot at the garden to show off, but we also spent some time here and there looking at other gardens along the way. It was great to share triumphs and tragedies (Tomato Blight!). I think we all came away from the tour with some new idea’s for next year.
Here is a little peek at what we saw…
Lorna's Garden is a mixture of flowers and veggies.
Lorna plants buckwheat in the bare spots after harvesting. The buckwheat keeps out the weeds. It is also a green manure crop that replenishes the soil.
Steve and Claudia plant hairy vetch under their tomato plants. It may look like weeds, but it's not! The vetch is good for the soil as a green manure and keeps out the invasive weeds. Steve trains his tomatoes up a string support system.
Along the way, we admired this garden. The gentleman who has this plot lives in an apartment and missed having a back yard. So...he created one at the community garden!
Planting nasturtiums in your vegetable patch invites beneficial insects and pollinators to your garden. The flowers will add a peppery taste to your salads. Plus...they look beautiful!
Karen and Carol share a lovely garden. To keep it simple, they laid down black plastic in the paths. Now they only spend a little bit of time weeding the garden and not the paths!
An umbrella and lawn chairs provide a shady spot in Karen and Carol's garden. A nice place to enjoy a cool beverage on a hot day. (Not that we have had any hot days lately. Ha! Ha!)
A little angel hiding among the beans!
As dusk approached, we finished up our tour. We all agreed that it was a great evening and that we should do a tour of the community gardens every August. There is so much to see and learn!