The Wildwood Community Garden is nearing the end of its second growing season. Wandering the stone-lined paths, you’ll see the shadows are longer; the greenery of the summer, now dried by September breezes, bobs and dips in the wind, calming our busy minds. The stalks curve, bending their seeds back to the earth, a generous gift for next year’s garden.
We introduced many varieties of plants to the garden this year, including several fruiting trees and bushes. The garden beds produced carrots, beans, beets, lettuce, cucumber, kale, squash, spinach, Swiss chard, peas, dill, oregano, thyme, tomatoes, strawberries and many more fruits and veggies that I am sure I have missed on this list.
A few events took place in the Garden this summer as well. There were two weddings, a tree-pruning workshop, a food forest workshop and the sharing of the produce with charities and local senior centres.
It is a wonderful setting for bumping into old neighbours or meeting new ones.
Each conversation over a watering can or a handful of carrots is a chance to catch up on summer news. The gardeners always welcome a helping hand at weed-pulling, but many people just like to stroll through and that is just as welcome.
Now we can look forward to autumn colours on the Douglas Fir Trail, ice-skating at the Wildwood Rink and hopefully an early Spring 2014 in the Wildwood Community Garden!