Preparing for the fall garden has me searching for inspiration. Don’t look at the weather widget, it’s back in the nineties again. I started to sweat a little carrying my groceries in from the car this morning. Instead of doing any planting of my own, I headed over to the Orange Blossom Community Garden to see what other people were doing. I’m already feeling better about my late-September start. I didn’t find any seedlings, but there were a few leftover crops from summer.
There aren’t any pineapples left, but I love the way this person designed their plot. Someone else has a miniature white picket fence around theirs. It’s fun to walk around and see the different garden personalities. No one was out today, no doubtedly because of the heat, but it seems like a nice place to gather. There are benches in the shade and a couple of tables and chairs. Compost and mulch are ready and waiting.
There are four community gardens in Sarasota County – two are in the city and two are in South County. The plot sizes vary, but an average size is about 12′ x 12′. They’re priced right. It only costs $20 a year plus a fully-refundable deposit of $30 up front. All four gardens are full right now, but there’s a waiting list that apparently moves pretty quickly. People make other arrangements in the meantime and it’s right on down the list.