Garden Time is coming

Harvey House Museum
@GardenGerty (96668)
Marion, Kansas
February 27, 2016 8:03pm CST
I guess six years ago my community got a grant to begin a shared garden. Last year was the last year of the grant, but the garden is thriving. Several of us met today to make plans for this year's garden. I am excited. We also pruned the fruit trees today. There are apricots, peaches, apples and cherries. Anyone who works in the garden can eat from the garden. It is really a great concept. There are lawn tools and a couple of tillers and lots of volunteer efforts. We will plant potatoes on St. Patricks Day of course. So if I go missing come find me in the garden. It is right across from the Harvey House Museum.
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28 Feb 16
is that the day to plant potatoes? i've never tried potatoes.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
This is a common practice and belief because it is St. Patrick's Day and potatoes are equated with the Irish. (Finlanders do a lot of potatoes too,) You can take even just a sprouty potato from your kitchen and plant it for fun.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Feb 16
jilly potatoes are reall y super eas y to grow and fun t oo and s o good fresh from he gar d en .
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28 Feb 16
@Hatley we have a raised bed garden. i'm wondering if we should find a plot that is not raised to try potatoes?
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@fishtiger58 (30379)
• Momence, Illinois
28 Feb 16
Love the idea of a community garden. We have our own but I would participate if we had one. Have a great time Heather.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Feb 16
I know I will plant fruit trees here on my property. I will likely have some things grown in containers as well, but this will improve my discipline about things and will connect me to the community.
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@fishtiger58 (30379)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Feb 16
@GardenGerty It's a great thing. I wish we had one.
@GrannyGee (1768)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
29 Feb 16
I would love to participate in one ... if I could start one ... I would.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Feb 16
we did that community garden whem we lived in Westminister CA. but sadly we sold that house when we should have just renewed our contract as we had jus on e thousand follas lef and te house was paid for.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
I think many of us have made mistakes and regretted some of our decisions. It would be neat if your retirement home could have a garden.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Feb 16
@GardenGerty you know some of us brought that u p and the brass refused it darn they have a l arge patio with some soil. they just do not get that old people love the same things as y ounger people lol.
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@GrannyGee (1768)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
29 Feb 16
That's so sad, Patsie.
@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
28 Feb 16
that's a really cool thing! nothing like that out here.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Feb 16
As I look at the facebook page it seems it was started with two or three grants. I will also say, though, that when we first moved to town I noticed many lovely gardens at private homes.
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• Centralia, Missouri
29 Feb 16
@GardenGerty something I always wanted to do, and then dont ever get started. I think I need to do things a bit differently perhaps, start with a few garden pots instead of a huge garden. gotta have a beginners perhaps
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@JudyEv (118763)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Feb 16
This is a great idea and would encourage people to get outside their four walls. Excellent for mental and physical health I'd say.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
I am certainly thinking it will be good for me.
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@GrannyGee (1768)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
29 Feb 16
Yes, I agree! It's good all the way around for one.
@T_gray (7839)
• Salina, Kansas
28 Feb 16
I wish I had a green thumb. I have a hard time keeping a house plant.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
Houseplants can be very hard because their environment is so small.
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@T_gray (7839)
• Salina, Kansas
29 Feb 16
@GardenGerty That is true. my mom, though, she can make anything survive in any condition. I take all my dieing plants to her and she brings them back to life everytime. hehe
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@LadyDuck (147380)
• Switzerland
28 Feb 16
I did not know about the habit to plant potatoes on St. Patrick's Day. We plant the potatoes in early winter here, the potatoes do not like the heat.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Feb 16
Here it is still cold weather at St. Patrick's Day. It is a good time to plant all of the cold weather crops.
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@scheng1 (24812)
• Singapore
28 Feb 16
Are you allowed to sell the fruits to pay for gardening expenses once the grant is over? I think there will still be little bit of expenses here and there. We have a community garden too. We are allocated a small plot of land to plant whatever we like. This land is too small for anything much. It is barely enough to bury a rat!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
Instead of small individual plots we all share everything. We work together in all the spaces. There is a downtown market one evening a week and surplus items are sold there to go into the garden treasury.
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@jaboUK (53408)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 16
Is that the museum in your picture? The community garden sounds a great idea.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
Yes, it is. I know I have pictures somewhere taken in the garden last fall but I could not find them. I have yet to go in to the museum as it is open by appointment.
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@Lucky15 (33429)
• Philippines
28 Feb 16
Indeed. Anyone who dothe garden can eat from the garden. I know whatvyou get from the garden you have take care.of will taste best
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
Labor does sweeten the flavor of the produce. It gives a good bit of satisfaction.
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@Platespinner (16533)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Feb 16
That sounds like a really cool project!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
I think I will like it a lot.
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@TRBRocks420 (73788)
• Banks, Oregon
28 Feb 16
That's a great idea, one everyone should take advantage of.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
It is a small community and I think a lot of people could benefit from it.
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@sugartoes (39273)
• Greencastle, Indiana
28 Feb 16
we have a few more weeks before we do ANY THING out doors plant wise I have a plum tree to plant that I got a few mos before winter that I didn't get planted so I will find a place some where in this small yard to plant it. good luck with all your out doors fun
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
Good luck to you as well.
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@GrannyGee (1768)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
28 Feb 16
I would love to belong to a group such as this ... growing, helping grow, sharing the food later. How enjoyable that must be.
@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 16
I think it is going to be a very good thing. It does build a feeling of belonging.
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@GrannyGee (1768)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
28 Feb 16
@GardenGerty I could imagine that ... comfort in sharing and knowing everyone would get food.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Feb 16
@GrannyGee It is a really neat thing. In the town where I used to live the inmates of the jail had a garden. It provided food there and then surplus was taken to the Senior Center and distributed for free.Growing food is growing community.
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