Thursday, May 3, 2012
a community garden
Down in the University District of Seattle, right next to the farmer's market, is a wonderful community garden. Saturday morning my mom, my girls, and I had a wonderful time wandering the isles of this lovely garden. The wonderful volunteers that work there were eager to teach us a little bit about the gardens. Different people own different plots of land in this garden and they're friendly and more than willing to educate you on their gardens. One of the ladies was wonderful with the girls and walked us around encouraging us to try the arugula flowers and a few of the sorrel leaves. We have planted arugula in our own garden this year so it was fun to show the girls what they have to look forward to. These ladies are passionate about urban gardens and encourage us to find even small areas where you can grow your own lettuce and herbs. My mom has planted some of these items in wine barrels in her back yard. My kids really enjoy the planting, caring, harvesting, and eating the foods that come up into our garden. I find lettuce, herbs, arugula, and sugar peas quite easy to grow and would make great plants to start with. It was fun to see how they conserve water and also compost. I have so much to learn but I work to be conscious of our environment and try to live as organically as possible. I don't have chickens or animals but I can grow things in my garden. I have a few herbs that survived the winter and are thriving. I've also learned that arugula can survive our winters as well. I love sharing these experiences with my mom and children. I'm hoping that my kids take these experiences with them as they grow up and move out of our house. I am eager to get my carrots and radishes planted. I'd also like to try beets this year. One day when I make room I'd love to grow pumpkins somewhere in the garden. So many plans and dreams! I've always got new ideas brewing in this head of mine.