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RE: garden dispute

  • Subject: RE: [cg] garden dispute
  • From: "Utah Gardens" UtahGardens@comcast.net
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 09:11:13 -0700
  • Thread-index: AcT39xoYcKuF7/J1Qkq5pfCM5qgunQAANs9g

I do agree in going after the fence company. I just meant-- don't send the
gardener after them. You replace it you deal with the fence company
yourself. Let the gardener's grief end.

-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
[mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com] On Behalf Of Alliums
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 8:50 AM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: Re: [cg] garden dispute

Hi, Folks!

I also agree with Judy.

We're all supposed to be plant lovers and it's just not THAT hard to 
replace a plant that something happens to, so why not just do it?  Plus, if 
you've got the space, a variety of plants, especially unusual plants, is 
not only better for the ecosystem, but tends to attract other people who 
wouldn't otherwise bother.  Never underestimate the "Wow!  What is that!" 
factor in attracting non-gardener human interest! ;-)

Since I belong to Seed Savers Exchange, St. John's United Church of Christ 
Organic Community Garden has all sorts of rare and heirloom plants.  I need 
to go out and count the heirloom and species roses -- I know it's in the 
upper 30s and since I just ordered another 3 plants from the Antique Rose 
Emporium and my Roses In Thyme catalog hasn't come yet, we'll probably 
break 40 by the end of this May.  I also have "spares" of all sorts of 
plants so that if a SSE colleague loses a variety, I can send them a 
replacement.  For us, having all these different types of plants is what 
makes our community garden especially enjoyable -- we're all compulsive 
plant people and we like the variety!  And, it blows non-gardener's minds 
when they see all these plants they can't identify in bloom or fruit (the 
medlar tree opens lots of conversations).

So, if you've got the space, I can't see why a community garden can't set 
aside places for whatever types of plant anyone wants to grow.  At our 
garden, we encourage folks to use their individual plots for annuals, since 
we plow those plots every year.  But we also set aside spaces for 
perennials -- we have an herb garden, fruit tree area, lilac corner, roses 
wherever they will fit, and raspberry bushes.  Setting aside perennial 
space not only keeps gardeners happy, it gives your beneficials an 
undisturbed place to live, grow young and feed when the annuals have not 
yet flowered -- which ultimately gives you better pollination and better 
fruit/veggie set.

I'd still go after the fence company if they cut down the pear tree without 
notice -- sloppy workmanship should never be rewarded.

Dorene



Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden and Labyrinth

A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA  19460


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