16 Oaks Community Garden

I was down at the 16 Oaks Garden today, choosing my new community garden plot. I’ve been on the wait list pretty much since it opened (I was number 56 when I registered!), but wasn’t quick enough to get in from the ground up. Turns out, that wasn’t such a bad thing.

In the past couple of weeks, the garden coordinators have managed to get soil to fill in the crater that made much of the land area useless. Those of us coming in at this stage are getting great base soil, excellent drainage, brand new boxes, and a heap of luscious compost to get our gardens started. Granted, we’re starting late in the season and will be well behind many of the gardens that are already lush and green, but frankly, I’m just thrilled to have gotten a space. It’s not that easy to do in this city!

It’s awesome to have a garden within walking distance of my home. I’ll be sharing my plot with a friend who also lives in a condo in the area and doesn’t have a yard. We’re already talking about the herbs and veggies we’ll plant once the beds are built (scheduled for tomorrow) and the compost is delivered (hopefully mid-week next). Basil, dill, green onions, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes…the list is growing. I’m interested to see how it compares to the non-raised bed output.