Last year, when I moved to Saudi Arabia, I had to turn down a community garden plot that had been offered to me. It hurt to do that--I had been on the list for some time at that garden--but I thought I would have ample space on the shores of the Red Sea to grow my crops.
When I came back to DC late last year, I despaired for having a garden--I thought, "Oh no, I'm going to have to start all over on the waiting lists...!"
But, suddenly, in early March, I received an e-mail from a friend mentioning that a new community garden, just blocks from me, was accepting applications for plots. I jumped on it.
This isn't the end of the news, however.
That garden I had to turn down a plot in? Well, I e-mailed them the moment I returned from Saudi Arabia to get back on the wait-list. And a week and a half ago, I was notified that I had been assigned a plot.
I wasn't about to turn it down.
Here's a video of me dirt squirreling (I like that phrase much better than garden weaseling) that the beau took while he took a break from weeding.
I had a bit of a moral dilemma about having two plots--I was not going to say no to Newark Street Community Garden, but I didn't really want to give up the closer-to-home plot at Wangari, either. I consulted a few people, and I think I reached a good compromise--I offered to share my plot at Wangari Gardens with a woman who had heard about the garden but hadn't gotten her application in on time. Although she didn't have a plot, she came out in the rain and worked furiously turning over soil to prepared the raised beds when I was out volunteering, too. She's a new gardener, and I think working together will be good for both of us--and for the plot, which will probably need more frequent watering than I would be able to manage alone because of the water situation at the garden. I don't know whether she'll accept the offer (I'm going through the garden organizers, because I don't have the woman's e-mail), but if not, I'll work with them to find someone who's interested in learning about gardening and sharing the space with me!