Friday, August 15, 2014

Evening at the Orchard and Garden

 What is it about a farm and a garden? They really seem to go together.
For the many years that I lived in town, I tended a few flowers and a few tomatoes, but never a full garden. 
The Aneta Community Orchard and Gardens has plots available for a small fee each season and for the second year in a row, we have tended a garden. It is the best way to garden that I could ever imagine. We have community volunteers including Lon, who tills the gardens and Bill, who makes sure things are properly fertilized.
 Joseph and I arrive in late May to do the planting and everyone pitches in with weeding.
The community built the fence. Although it is a favorite hangout spot for gophers, we fight them as a team. There are no deer, cows, horses, or cats in my garden. We appreciate the fence. 
Our Summer season is short. It brings the garden along as if by magic. It is late this year, but we have had more lettuce than we can eat, plus spinach, peas, carrots, onions, a few tomatoes and a bountiful broccoli crop.
But if the bounty is to continue with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cantaloupe, squash and corn, we have to water.
The Aneta Community Orchard and Gardens feels like a miracle on this beautiful evening. 
As the sun sets in GriggsDakota.

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