Community gardening

Spent a couple of hours in ‘my’ other garden this morning, one I share with other like-minded people in the neighbourhood.  We’re reclaiming a partially walled kitchen garden in the grounds of what was once ‘the big house’ locally.  Allotments are at a premium here, the waiting list is many years long, and actually the shared garden is so much better.  Admittedly not everything you grow will be of your own choice, but then that can be a really good way to try something new, without being landed with a glut of it if you really don’t like it, and the care and worry is shared – which I think with a drought looming this summer will be a bit of a godsend.  This way, there is a reduced fear of everything drying out and dying if you spend a few days away, likewise as things become ready to crop (being optimistic here) they will be harvested in good time and hopefully before the rabbits get them.  It also means that whilst my own garden has very little space to grow vegetables and fruit, I still have that opportunity and in a space I would not have otherwise – not to mention meeting co-gardeners and getting to know my neighbours better.  Divided up my two-hour slot between some heavy digging, the little rain we’re getting is making no difference whatsoever, and pricking out and seed sowing in the glasshouse.  Having a go at growing Rosemary and Thyme from seed – it will be interesting to see how well they germinate.

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About Sara Davison

I've been gardening as long as I can remember; initially as a child, learning from my mother, and then with each successive garden I've owned, I've expanded my knowledge and my plant collection. Starting Spring 2014 I'm taking my first steps as a flower farmer, growing British flowers for cutting on an acre of rented farmland in the Surrey Hills.
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One Response to Community gardening

  1. What a lovely idea:) I’ll be interested to see how the Rosemary and Thyme do too!

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