As I stood at the gate of my community garden, I thought about the events of this Earth Day, April 22, 2008. I have listened to all of the activities being held and all of the progress we are making in improving our environment. This is the 38th year that we have focused attention on the effects of what man is doing to our planet and we still have a long way to go. (Still thinking the glass is half full and hoping that we are making positive changes.)
I look around the garden and see what a few people are doing to connect with the earth. It is impressive what everyone grows and how they approach gardening. There are mounded vegetable rows, leaf covered plots, fences surrounding individual plots, a bird house, all signs of spring activity. People are preparing for another growing season.
The Township has added several raised planting beds for the seniors in the community. I helped the Recreation Department design the planters and I am anxious to see how they are used by the older adults in the community. Some shade and a few benches should be added. Fortunately the water line has been extended to the corner where these raised beds are located.
Our community garden plot already contains 40 little lettuce plants, a row of spinach and a row of radishes. The trellises has been constructed that will support the sugar snap and pole beans. Starter potatoes have been planted. And there is room for much more in this 25’ by 50 foot garden plot, as soon ass the dangers of frost have subsided. I am on the hunt for ‘new’ heirloom tomatoes to plant this year. And, finding the oriental cucumbers is always an illusive pursuit.
The therapeutic aspect of this garden, for me, is to watch the vegetables grow and our children help us plant the young plants. Is this a therapeutic garden? The answer, for me is yes. It is a place for me to socialize with others. I just met a new friend; Bonnie, last evening and we shared all kinds of garden related stories. I get to tell my wife about what I planted in the garden today and how the sunflower seedlings are doing. This is a
Every day should be an Earth (focused) Day.