The Community Garden in my local area has just opened. Well about eight weeks, just enough for a few vegies to be edible. Last night was for me what a Community Vegie Garden is all about.
I decided to pop down just after five to put some organic fertilizer on my plot. I had been debating whether to buy some dolomite or lime but my budget did not stretch to both fertilizer and lime so decided on the former.
The gate was open and the garden was a hive of activity. A new couple were starting their patch, some members were attempting to put together a lawn mower in the shed, and children were helping one of the members load her mulch into bags for reuse by others while she dug up some of her plantings and added lime to her soil.
There was also a man there with his young son adding lime to his patch. We negotiated to share our lime and organic fertilizer. He was very generous with the lime and my patch looked like it had been through a snow storm. He then showed me how to water it in so that none remained on the vegies and burnt the leaves.
Night was falling over the gum trees when I left the garden and I though already the aspirations of members as penned on one of the flags made on by all on the opening day were coming to life.
The garden was becoming a place of sharing and learning and a source of food for all.