It’s been a year now that we’ve been community gardeners. Wow: one year. That’s a long time in dog years and in urban gardening. Already we’ve harvested several types of herbs, artichokes, beets, kale, collard greens, lettuce, sunflowers, Serrano peppers, tomatoes, broccoli rabe, and Swiss chard.
For our “Winter Garden” we planted almost the entire plot to fava, which started from seeds back in November. They are huge now, and just beginning to flower. Yesterday I saw some bees buzzing around the flowers, so we’re hopeful for lots of gorgeous pods full of tender beans soon. Can’t wait! We’ve read that fava plants also do a favor to the soil, naturally fixing nitrogen, so many good synergies are going on right now. It is the magic of the cycle of life happening before our very eyes.
We just harvested a bunch of deep purple beets to make room for some tiny escarole and more Swiss chard plantings. Steven’s already nagging about tomato plants for the summer, but I think that it is still too early for them.
Working in a community garden isn’t all tasty fun and games. Throughout the year we participated in a couple of garden events: helping clear debris from an empty lot adjacent to the garden, weeding the common areas and mulching the pathways. Plus managing our own tiny plot can be back-breaking. But we love it.
It is amazing how fecund this little spot of land is and what it can do. Our neighbors grow asparagus, potatoes, chayotes, flowers, various beans, citrus and a whole host of cabbages. There’re a couple bee hives during the warm months. And of course, the views remain spectacular. It’s been a great year being urban farmers at the Potrero Hill Community Garden.