Ours was not a typical business plan. You know, the kind where you find a niche that needs filling, and set out to organize the best way to fill it–while making money in the process. Nope; more like, Gee, we seem to have too many plants–what should we do with all of this stuff? The Planthouse is an extension of our regular growing operation, a sprawling mess that helps us feed our own families–locally, organically, and on the cheap.
A big piece of our personal growing strategy clicks into place tomorrow morning, at the Troy Community Gardens spring registration meeting. Along with other Troy volunteers, we’ll be organizing the meeting and dropping off our own registrations. We try to put storage crops up at Troy–things that don’t need to be harvested every other day–although since we’ve invested on the tomato front, there’s certainly a time when we need to be there more often. That’s when our real secret weapon of successful community gardening kicks in–the one we failed to mention in all our blogging last year. No, not row cover–which is awesome; not mulch, although we love it. It’s PARTNERSHIP!
Gardening with another family is The Best! It means going up to pick tomatoes once or twice a week, instead of three or four times. It means nothing dies when you go out of town for a two-week summer vacation. And it means that you are always making sure to do your fair share of weed-pulling; you don’t want to be the slacker family, do you? A little bit of guilt that leads to a greater broccoli yield.
If you’re on the fence about a community garden plot this year, my advice: find a friend and team up. We’ll supply you with the plants. Hope to see you tomorrow at spring registration!
For information on gardening at Troy, follow this link: http://communitygroundworks.org/what-we-do/troy-community-gardens