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Pierre and Sebastien Planting in the Kentlands Community Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaithersburg, Md

January 6, 2011

EDITORIAL By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin

Kentlands Residents interested in a community garden plot, come participate in the lottery for the nine plots available on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at the Kentlands Clubhouse at 7:00 pm.

This garden took a tremendous amount of time and effort to become part of the Kentlands landscape.

A group of designers, journalists, doctors, lawyers, got together and worked  through numerous garden designs, various Kentlands committees, and then gathered sponsors to make the place and space called the Kentlands Community Garden.

The initial plot owners and volunteers in the community actually leveled the land where the plots are today. The plots were built, the beds were filled with donated soil and  the path between the beds was laid with donated pebbles.

We all created and built what we hope will be loved and used by you for years to come.

My family and I have learned so much about the seasons with our garden plot. My sons Pierre and Sebastien know now that it is time, before the final spring frost, to start the early spring crops from seeds. They know when it is time to plant and they also know that they need to add compost so as to provide nutrients to the soil that we plant in. They know that we can get water from the rain barrels in the garden versus turning on the hose to water our plot.

We also have learned what vegetables grow better than others in the plot due to the amount of sun they get and also by observing some of our fellow community gardener’s more experienced ways of planting and spacing their own vegetables.

After two years of having access to a garden plot, I know now that I actually can talk from experience as to what grows and doesn’t versus reading it in a book or online. Through this experience I am more connected to the earth itself and the seasons.

For non-Kentands residents looking for a plot to cultivate, the City of Gaithersburg is looking into the possibility of a community garden in the city limits. Asbury retired community in Gaithersburg as well as the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church have community gardens for their members. Montgomery County  also runs a community garden at Emory Grove  in Gaithersburg with more than 60 plots.  Leisure World in Silver Spring, Md has a huge community garden that brings hours of enjoyment and creates community there as well.

Remember, you can also make a raised bed in your own back yard.

My hope is that anyone and everyone have a place to grow vegetables and herbs,whether in the Kentlands or somewhere else. This process will connect you to your environment and meanwhile provide you with vegetables, herbs and fruits tended by your own hands.

Watch a video  I  shot and produced about the Kentlands Community Garden. Happy gardening!

 

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    peppers. BUT…. WE WILL NEED A LOT MORE SUN THE GARDEN WAS POSITIONED WELL, BUT,,,
    THE VEGETABLES GREW MORE FROM HEAT AND WATER. SPINACH IN THE FALL WAS GREAT ALSO. ENJOY!!

    TIM AND MICHELLE CLARKE

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