Community Garden

A Community Garden is

Watering Weeding Work Dirt Weeds Jealousy Tartness Raspberries Strawberries A Release Heartbreak Excitement Sore Knees Harvest Seeds Gentleness Ruthlessness A Burden An Oasis Digging Potatoes Slug Trails Quiet Dreamy Friends Responsibility Carrot Tops Victory

It was my first year of gardening and I was often disappointed in myself despite my best efforts. Gardening is hard work. Our garden was an inconvenient drive away, especially for someone who has grown accustomed to walking to work, walking to the grocery store and walking everywhere else. Watering was a challenge. Keeping the weeds at bay was a battle. Understanding when to put seeds in the ground was a guess at best. The weather was rarely cooperative. But once I was at the garden, I loved being surrounded by old growth trees in my 20×20 plot. It was a lovely escape from the city. It was always new. I wish I had gone more often but I look back on the experience and I’m happy with the results. We harvested squash, leeks, potatoes, carrots, raspberries, strawberries, arugula, lettuce and kale. A few things we planted never made an appearance. A few other things went crazy. Our final harvest looked a little something like this and was turned into vegetable broth and potato leek soup:

I might be starting a lifelong love affair with gardening despite how much of a b*tch it can be.


Community Garden Request

Dear Portland Parks and Recreation,

I have filled out a request to start my new life as a community gardener. I chose one garden spot close to work and one close to home to make it easier for you to get me some space. I hope you will consider my request carefully and give me a little plot of soil all to myself ASAP. I don’t even care which garden you put me in! My windowsill tomatoes and arugula and spinach would probably sprout up with happiness if they could spread their dear little roots a bit more. And I would just love the challenge of laying out a plot of my own. I promise to eat all those nummy veggies (or find appropriate homes). Please consider my plea carefully. If it helps, I’m a 5’7″ redhead with a tendency to curse when angry.



jess (future gardener extraordinaire!)