I’m really bad at gardening. I can’t even keep house plants alive for more than a couple of months. So I started buying only cactus in the hopes that they are low maintenance enough for me and my gardening deficit. Plus, my compost pile has been sprouting new fruits and veggies, which was unintentional on my part!
I have a friend that volunteers bi-weekly at an apartment complex called La Posada that is part of my city’s housing authority. One of the volunteer programs she runs is the communal garden at the complex. Yesterday she gave me a tour, and I was so impressed with all of the beautiful things growing there! Luckily, I happened to have my camera with me and took photos.
First off, there were SO many cherry tomatoes! I got to pick some straight off the vine and eat them, and they were delicious!! They also have spinach, grapes, regular tomatoes, banana trees, a peach tree, and more! The photo above is of lemon basil, which smells AMAZING!
The garden is located in the corner of the complex, at the end of a grassy field. Across the field there’s a small children’s garden. It’s still a work in progress, but is growing foods like rice, beans, cabbage, watermelon, and herbs. They paint and re-purpose old tires to use as pots, and if the kids volunteer in the garden for a certain amount of days they get a prize.
The garden is like a little oasis. It was really quiet and peaceful. Not only do residents get to share what is grown there, but it’s great for the environment!
I plan on going to volunteer there with my friend, not just to hopefully learn some gardening skills, but to help the community and be out in nature more. It’s a goal of mine to grow my own food, and I wish we could empower others to do the same!