As this is the first post in our community garden section, I feel that I should catch the readers (if we have any yet, that is) up to speed.
The Jamison Community Garden is centered around a simple idea: to bring people together through gardening. Throughout this gardening season, that goal is going to be accomplished in three ways: 1) through individuals sharing a gardening space for personal use, 2) through groups and volunteers helping out in a communal garden which will benefit the Kirksville Food Pantry, and 3) through community events which will take place at the Garden.
I’ll briefly share some news about each of the components of our garden:
In the individual section, many members have planted their beds and are watching their veggies grow. However, we currently have several spots available for use; anyone interested in growing with us is encouraged to respond to this post, so we can send an application your way and get you started gardening. It’s a little late in the season, but with a few watermelon and tomato starts, your garden with be looking tasty in a hurry.
Over on the communal side, we have planted about 75% of the plot, with the rest (hopefully) coming in later this week. We currently have 140 tomatoes planted, 6 rows of green beans, 100 cucumbers, and 60 squash. We are looking to put in about a 100 peppers, a few tomatoes, and a variety of other vegetables here in the coming days. In addition, we will be covering portions of the garden with a heavy mulch, to help with weed pressure. We’ve had volunteer groups come through the garden already to help with watering and weeding, and we are always looking for more help! Please post a comment if you’d like to join us.
Lastly, we are going to be organizing some community events, which will be held in the later part of each month. These are still in the planning stages, but they’re going to be a laid back way of celebrating summer and the beauty of life. We invite you to attend and enjoy those summer evenings with us!