Sep 10, 2011

Farmers Market Saturday - Community Garden Edition

For those that live the apartment life, having a large garden plot seems like merely a dream.  But if you live in a town that boasts a community garden, this dream can be a reality.  For a membership fee to the local community garden association , or a seasonal rental fee, you can till, plant and harvest your own plot of land. 

In many of the towns in the Valley where I live, community gardens are a happy alternative to container gardening on small apartment balconies.  I visited a garden today and took some photos so that you could see what some people do with these prized plots.

Veggies and flowers share space in many of the plots in this community garden.

I talked to a gentleman here, who said his pumpkins were 'volunteers.'  Possibly as a result of the lovely compost pile all the gardeners shared!

Some people were inspired to bring in garden art.

Some created little vignettes and 'rooms' in their plots.

I saw a few plots that boasted only cutting flowers.  Being that the weekly farmers market was just down the hill, perhaps they felt their garden plots were better served by colour and fragrance than by taste.

This website is one small example of a community garden plot listing (in this case, for the Vancouver, BC area.)

I googled "community garden plots" and thousands of results came up, so if you are looking for a plot in your area, search with your community name and you might be surprised what you find.  Community gardens are becoming very common place these days!


the wild magnolia said...

Oh I loved this visit. Community gardens touch my spirit.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Happy Weekend.

mxtodis123 said...

We recently moved to the 10th floor of our new office building. I'm really not happy there, but my one saving grace is the view of a magnificent roof garden across the street. You would absolutely love it. I plan to get a picture of it to post on my blog.

Amaranthine said...

I've been trying to get into the Lower Lonsdale (North Van) community garden for several years, and even though I make sure I'm still on the list yearly, the wait list is bordering on 6 years (or so I'm told.) I'd love to have a little plot for veggies and flowers, but would never trust my herbs to the elements in such a way!

I love that you created a post about this. I always find it reassuring and comforting when inner-city communities come together for sustainability and/or overall improvement of the environment. It's one of the little fantasies I have whenever I play the "if I had a million dollars" type of game.. to buy large lots in cities and open community gardens. I mean, really, who needs another gas station or pizza hut?

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

loved reading about the gardens.....

kary and l'il teddy

AlphaBetsy said...

I am really going to look into this for next year.

I love all the pictures. :) Gorgeous!!

Jennifer said...

I love the picture of the cosmos. So pretty!

MANY STARS said...

Oh I didn't think of this :D thank you, I wonder if my farmer's market or have something like that near my home. I live in an apartment so I can't really garden... but thanks I will check it out!

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