Last Friday, I ventured to view the beautiful cherry blossom trees on a patch of land. Not far from home, just a short cycle ride. Today’s visit was going to be different from my previous ones, and after two years of observing, and uttering “how cool an idea is this” and acknowledging that the area had a good vibe, we became renters of Plot 44. I had finally signed us up to be a part of a community garden organisation where we get to have a patch of dirt to grow vegetables. It was fate to be there that day, as I was allocated the last available plot. After counting up my ever-increasing pots on the balcony, it is a relief to have more room to indulge my passion for growing plants.
Otumoetai Community Gardens
This community- managed and operated space within council owned reserve land is a kiwi version of Allotment Gardens. There is plenty of space to wander amongst the fruit and ornamental trees and our individual and shared plots. A positive distraction and fun to spend time outside, chatting about all things regarding gardens, like planting, caring for the soil and plants, and eventually enjoying the grand finale of harvesting. We have always had a vegetable garden, some larger than others and this experience we get to be amongst other kind minded gardeners, share seedlings, seeds and just be involved together in a community-based organisation. Though mainly it will be me who will be doing the manual work, with the Squire relaxing and sharing his gardening wisdom with me, underneath the shade of those cherry trees.
Until the next instalment.
Happy gardening to you all.