i think i've concluded that i am much more in love with the idea of a community garden than the actual reality of a community garden. i mean, don't get me wrong. it's great. it's such a little haven the garden where we have a little plot uptown. but it's also complicated.
at first, i was super excited and nervous and wasn't sure how or what to plant. and i would go to the community meetings and spend weekend mornings weeding and trying to make the plot happy. but then
i realized, it's hard to keep a garden - when it's in your backyard, let alone down the street behind a locked gate. time. i don't have a lot of it. and we don't have a direct water source - only rain barrels so during the heat waves... well the cucumbers died.
not to mention there has been all kinds of drama with our garden because it's half owned by the city, half owned by someone else now. so for about half of the summer, the garden was unlocked (after the previous locks had been broken by someone) because of the complication of ownership.
and then someone(s) was living in the garden... adding other details i'd rather not get into.
let's just say, my community garden experience has been less than ideal and i may prefer a csa share in order to support local, organic produce over trying to grow my own.
i think if you don't have to worry about certain above dramas, i recommend becoming part of a community garden. it's not all bad, i swear. just had to get it off my chest.