Whilst exploring the new neighbourhood we found the community garden and seeing the shoots forcing their way through the soil and the first signs of Spring gave us a lot of pleasure. The sign says the garden was formed in 2013 and there is a twitter too @StanfordCommGdn which we will follow once Ive finished this post. Bringing the community together through growing seems such a good idea and if there is food involved then so much the better. I will change my route to the station so I can keep an eye on developments and see what emerges from the plot.
We really need to get started on our own new garden. We have been drawing plans on the back of evelopes for what seems like months and whilst the house must take presidence making the garden will be fun. Along the sunny south facing side there are the remains of a 1930’s lean to greenhouse (just the wall and the lead flashing, no wood I’m afraid) and a narrow bed. In the middle is a patch of grass and at the end of the garden (facing west) there is a low deck hiding what seems to be a patio of 70’s tiles and possibly underneath the rubble of the old greenhouse. An old apple tree by the house completes the garden. We are high up and can see the sea in the distance so wind and salt need to be taken in to account when we plan our small plot ( just 16 by 35 feet) but there is so much potential.
We have been looking at what the local firm calls ‘pretty sheds’. They are not actually pretty at all but have a sort of retro aesthetic and are exceptionally strongly built. What we would love is the kind of shed that we see in the back of shots on Garden’s World, all corrigated iron and funny reclaimed windows but whilst that is not going to happen there are other sheds that look the part. A garden outpost that can become the TheBigForest workshop and maybe just a tiny bit like the hut in Walden* is a very attractive idea.
But we have so many ideas! Time for a mug of tea and to spend Sunday with our noses in Royal Horticultural Society gardening books.
*Walden by Henry Thoreau. If you haven’t read it then you must dip in and explore.