Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The Garden Party
I declared last Saturday a garden work day but it turned almost into a party! The residents turned out in force to help, with paint brushes, buckets, shovels, and more. We painted the shed, swapped out the compost, got rid of the old plants that were no longer producing, harvested a bunch of hot peppers (what does one do with so many hot peppers, I wonder?), and generally tidied up the garden. We also made one new bed. One thing we'll be doing differently for our fall garden is that each woman who gave me a detailed plan for a bed will get a bed of her own to grow whatever she likes. Five women turned in plans.
This is exciting for me because I want the women to own the garden. I want them to have the responsibility, satisfaction and stimulation that tending a garden provides. And I see this growing.