What a great day! It was fantastic to see so many gardeners today! We assigned about 20 plots to new gardeners. The cool thing was, since so many people came to help with clean up, we cleared the entire front entrance area (about 1000 sq ft of weeds and brush), removed several brush piles, cleared debris from paths, AND cleared space for four or five new plots. We also made a good start at clearing another area (next to my plot) where we eventually will have a number of additional new plots. Someone brought a roto-tiller and at least 10 plots (or more?) were turned. Great to see such enthusiasm for working in the dirt and growing things!
I did my job and picked a new plot for Jennifer and Nate, who got married today (congratulations!). Almost as fun as picking my plot. I hope they will enjoy the big new plot they have.
Our plot selection procedure is very low tech. After an intro talk for new gardeners to review rules and such, we walk around in groups, back and forth, and the coordinator points out available plots. Lots of discussion about plot pros and cons. Everyone picks in the order their application was received. A bit of a commotion, because all the enthusiastic gardeners want to pick first. “I’m SURE I was higher on the list”…. OMG.
I thought I took more photos, but it seems this is all I have. I was so happy to be out in the dirt for the first full day that I guess the camera got left behind.