Friday, June 1, 2012
The Intervale - My Community Garden Plot
Wow... I can't believe I've neglected my blog for the past couple of weeks. I really need to get my act together! On a side note, this is my 600th post! They sure really add up after a while.
Anyway, I realize I hadn't posted any pictures of my community garden plot. (I wish I was British so I could refer to it as my "allotment," which in my opinion, has a nicer ring to it.) I'm not entirely sure of the exact dimensions but it's a good size. The soil is in excellent shape (a nice sandy loam), and was planted with winter rye this past fall and tilled earlier this spring. There are two types of plots at the Intervale - till and no-till. Gardeners who have till plots must have everything removed by mid-October and are assigned new freshly tilled plots each April. Those who have no-till plots can stay year round, plant perennials and erect fences and other structures. A few spaces opened up in the no-till section this year (I'm sure Hurricane Irene had something to do with it) so I jumped on one. (Normally you have to garden here for at least a year here before you can apply for one.) The thought of have a blank canvas to work with every year was tempting, but in the end, I opted for an extended growing season.
I'm trying to keep things simple this year. Only a few of the gardeners here have fences erected although I've been told that we have our fair share of garden pests (human and of the furrier sort). I think I'll forgo the fence this year and take my chances (living dangerous, I know). I have however lined my planting beds with string so I don't trample over everything. Currently, I have shell peas, fava beans, onions, potatoes, celery, tomatoes (only five plants), peppers (only two) and artichokes planted here. This weekend, I'll plant some corn, soybeans, beets and some perennials.
The artichokes are off to a good start despite the colder climate here so I'm hopeful that we'll get a few edible buds this year.
Lastly, expect a stream of posts during the next few days!