Friday, January 21, 2011

Short Wait for Community Garden Plot

For years now I have considered signing up for a plot, and I have had plenty of folks encouraging me along the way, but it wasn't until just last month that I added my name to the wait list. This may seem like a silly idea since my garden here at home keeps me busy, but I have a few different reasons for doing so that really changed even my own mind concerning the subject.

Now that I have been contacted about a 200 square foot plot about 1.5 miles from my home, I am ready to post my reasons for doing this bold garden expansion.

1) My husband and I can now grow in straight lines with a square foot system.

2) The foster kids and I will now have a daily task to tend to practically year round in our climate. Many of them have expressed an interest in gardening, but they only want to work on veggie gardens. I credit programs at their schools for introducing them to this kind of activity and for giving them the confidence to work the earth.

3) I can actually walk to the location, and once I save some more money, I can buy a bike and ride there. Our house is located within a stone's throw of a designated bike route. Even some of the kids could ride with me if we had a bicycle for them to ride.

So all in all, this is a wonderful opportunity for us and for the kids. I cannot wait to take on this challenge too since growing veggies has not been my forte.

If you are interested in learning about our city's program, here is a link!

Community Gardens Program, the City or Portland


  1. Congratulations! I feel excited for you and the kids. All the best!

  2. I think it sounds like a wonderful idea. And, just imagine all of the fun people you'll meet at the community gardens. :)

  3. That sounds like a great thing to do. Definitely a lot of pluses besides the fresh veggies.

  4. I love comparing gardens when gardening at a community garden. There's usually tons of fun ideas, and you always feel good about yourself because someone neglects their garden too.

  5. I am so excited to meet some folks and to compare notes!

  6. congrats and i hope all goes well for your new these parts one can wait for four years before a plot comes up available...

  7. Sounds great. Look forward to seeing more as the project progresses!

  8. Congratulations and good luck! I hope this sustains the interest of the children. Keep us updated.

  9. Oh wow! I hope two bicycles find their way home to you, one for you, and one for your foster children. And that those bicycles will graciously arrive in time for your new veg plot ;~)


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