Photo Friday – The Mid-May Community Garden

A few pics from my community garden plot to share with you today!

Within the garden, some of the plots are simple with only lettuce, onions, and garlic growing (I’m amazed by the number of people who have garlic growing in their plots! I plan to plant some in August/September for next year too). Others, more elaborate have the plot divided into sections of raised beds. One plot in particular with a trellis-like structure for squash, a tidy place underneath for lettuce, and sacks for growing potatoes that has me drooling. Many gardeners, many different plans, a place to learn from one another and find inspiration.

Traditionally this weekend is the kick-off of the gardening season in Kamloops so the garden is a beehive of activity right now. Still, it’s a place to go to feel grounded and find peace. I absolutely love it there.

Nine of the thirty tomato plants I started from seed there are in the garden. Others have been gifted to friends and family and two remain at my house while I waffle back and forth about attempting to plant them in pots at home and somehow foil the deer.  Marigolds planted nearby to keep them happy happy, and a pot of mojito mint in the foreground.

20140515_140933Seven pepper plants, also grown from seed. In the background my Alderman tall telephone peas. These guys will get to be over six feet tall! To the left of the peas the rainbow carrots, three varieties of lettuce, and two varieties of radishes are starting.

20140515_140937Another view of the peas. In the foreground, just starting to come up are borage and nasturtium plants to keep the bees happy. Next to them bright lights Swiss chard.
20140515_140902And another view of the tomatoes. In the upper right quadrant, not yet up, are two spaghetti squash and one yellow crookneck squash.
20140515_140911I am enjoying tending this garden plot so much! It’s such a joy to stop by every day to water, sow, weed, and chat with other gardeners. This is, indeed, a community of gardeners. This place has become my happy place, my meditation place, my quiet sanctuary. I am tending the garden but it’s giving back to me so much more.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. What a wonderful hobby! I can imagine you sitting back to rest after coddling your plants, admiring the wonder of God’s green earth. Very nourishing to the soul.

  2. Nicely done, Linda!

    We are going to do some raised beds this year. With a new puppy, a ‘regular’ garden is out of the question!

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