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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Community Garden Blossoms with Renewed Soil

The growth of our community garden from an empty space to a rich food producer has amazed me.

It now feels so lush and productive and this is continually being developed as each gardener works not only  on their individual plot but also contributes to the shared areas.


The back corner below has just recently evolved as an area for fruit trees. Already there is fruit for picking on the citrus, the green paw paws are large and round and all the other fruit trees including jaboticabas and tamarillos are growing with energy.

It was less than a year ago that I was among a group who laid layers of newspaper, leaves, mulch, dolomite and compost on hardened clay soil to begin a no dig garden in this corner.


You could also see the garden shed when you looked across from this corner, now lush plant foliage blocks the view. Members are making full use of their individual spaces with added trellis walls to support climbers.


A year of solid soil preparation of both individual plots and common area now produces rich, organic crops from a previously barren soil.




15 comments:

Becky K. said...

Everything appears to be growing very nicely. I am sure it is a lot of work but well worth it.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

MessyMissy said...

Gardening is so rewarding. What a great community to work together for such a positive project.

bettyl said...

How great to see the results of your hard work! Thanks for sharing you photos!

eileeninmd said...

A wonderful garden for the community and truly rewarding.

Meg said...

Isn't is amazing what happens when you prepare the soil plant the seeds and tend them. Glorious outcome! Blessings Meg

Denise said...

Lovely photos and a very uplifting showing us what can happen when people work together.

An English Girl Rambles

Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow, that is one good looking public garden. I'm afraid ours isn't quite so photogenic!
Lovely, and so lush and productive!
Cass

Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow, that is one good looking public garden. I'm afraid ours isn't quite so photogenic!
Lovely, and so lush and productive!
Cass

shopannies said...

what a great looking garden

Jami said...

It's just such an awesome community garden! And I'm a total believer in the layering method, too. Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday Garden Party.

siteseer said...

I wish these were on every vacant lot in the inner cities. What a great lesson for the children ... and something to keep them busy.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a wonderful community garden. Love to see how well it's doing.

Tootsie said...

what a great place!!! thanks for sharing it with us...I think there is a place similar to this in my area...but I have never been to it...might have to take a peek!

Linda said...

The gardens look beautiful! What a great place for the community.
Thanks for linking up with Saturday on the Farm!

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