Belated Community Garden Fun
This morning, I snagged a couple of tomato plants from my bf's house (they're in his greenhouse, but they should be at my place cause I need to plant them They're mine. Mine! But it's three flats which is too much to carry on the bus) and headed to work. After work, which was short today, I went to my COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOT. I hadn't been there before, due to a mix-up in location info. The community garden is grandview community garden, in Vancouver, Canada. Excuse me, I'm going to be very silly for a moment. COMMUNITY GARDENS ARE BETTER THAN SEX. You get there, and there are *all these gardeners* who talk to you about gardening (cue fluttery hearts). You get there, and your plot hasn't been touched since last year, when it was extensively gardened by someone. This means YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PICKAXE THE GARDEN OUT OF THE GROUND. In fact, it has VERY NICE SOIL already, and it's mostly planted. You can easily pull all the thistles out, because you have gloves. You take most of the forget-me-nots out, but not too many, because this garden ALREADY HAS A GOOD COLONY OF BENEFICIAL INSECTS LIVING IN IT. You leave their habitat, and you DO NOT HAVE TO SPEND A SEASON GETTING HABITAT THAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO BENEFICIALS. They're already there. Also, there are perennials that have been left there by last year's gardener. It is also full of big spiders that live in the soil and clutch eggsacs to their tummies. There is ALREADY sage, thyme, jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), BLOOMING HOLLYHOCKS, STRAWBERRIES WITH RIPE FRUIT, lemon balm, lavender, sage seedlings, pulmonaria, iris, I think crocosmia, a random unidentifiable non-weed plant, california poppies, violas, and hollyhocks for next year. Sage is my favourite herb, because it's the first thing I ever grew outside sucessully. Burying my nose in it (it was blooming like crazy) and finding seedlings, was heaven. So was eating the strawberries as I came up on them in the weeding. I add my tomatoes (one each of pink brandywine, black krim, peach, and cherokee chocolate) and some squash seeds and a pineapple sage. I move a couple of things to do this. This is easy, because there is a shed there which I have the combination to, which has ALL TOOLS IMAGINABLE except the curved hand forks. It even has a wheelbarrow to haul my weeds over to the pile. After a good couple of hours, I put everything away, water my garden with the convenient hose, drink from the convenient hose, and come home. Now I'm thinking about what else to put in there from my container garden. I think my mutabilis rose would make a great centre.