In the Garden

My 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.


Garlic shoots uncurl in July's warmth.



   07 February 04: After I discovered words, books, and writing, and before I discovered boatbuilding, there was gardening.

    On 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 years now.

    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.



    We 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.

    I've 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.

    The 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 ...".)


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