wife and I started a Community Garden across the
street from our house in 1996 with the help
of a nonprofit group called Grassroots Gardens
of Buffalo. Our garden won First Place for public
gardens in the Buffalo in Bloom contest in the
first summer of operation.
shoots uncurl in July's warmth.
February 04: After I discovered words, books,
and writing, and before I discovered boatbuilding, there
a city corner lot barely bigger than our house, at one
time I was growing more than 100 varieties of herbs.
Lately, I have switched to specializing in garlic. I have
been planting at least 10 varieties per year for five
My wife and I started a community garden we called Herkimer
Hollow, across the street in a vacant lot. After
several years of varying success, the garden effort is
over, though I continue to grow a yearly crop of garlic
in raised beds around the foundation of our house.
grow enough garlic to meet our own needs for half the
year -- limited more by the keeping qualities of garlic
in general than by the size of our harvest -- and we
do so in about 130 square feet of raised beds. To call
this a farm puts one's tongue in one's cheek, I'll admit,
but garlic farms are generally tiny by usual standards,
so our's is at least a micro-farm, I guess.
cultivated my garden library for a long time, and I think
I have almost everything worth reading concerning herbs
and garlic, and a good selection of gardening classics.
Internet is rich in gardening information. I am particularly
interested in herbs, garlic, vegetable, and square-foot
gardening. (Are you picking up on the In
the Garden thing? ("And
he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me
I am his own. And the joy we share as
we tarry there, none other has ever known ...".)