This year, as part of the University of Minnesota Hennepin County Master Gardener Program (say that 10 times fast), I’ve been caring for a community garden plot at Sabathani community center here in south Minneapolis. Here’s what our plot looks like (click to enlarge):
The Sabathani community garden is absolutely huge. I think it might be one entire square block. We planted our little section of it in May for a demo class on gardening, and now I’ve been maintaining it and donating the produce to the food shelf at Sabathani.
We consulted with the food shelf when we came up with the design for the garden back in April — we are trying to grow mostly vegetables that are in high demand there. One cool thing is I get to learn how to grow some vegetables that I’ve never tried before, including collard greens, lacinato kale, and okra. Collard greens and kale are neat because you can keep picking leaves off them and the plant just keeps coming back bigger and bushier than before. A “continuous harvest” sort of plant is always nice when space is limited.
This is the weediest garden spot I’ve ever had, so we put down landscape fabric extensively to try and keep a handle on it. It’s working quite well, I must say.