Monday, June 6, 2011

Public Gardening on City Lots

Norman Gainey gardens on
City Land in a spot that has been
used over 30 years.

Meet Norman Gainey. He is one of the people that keeps this city lot growing green things. He plants cabbage, corn, tomatoes, squash,  stringbeans, cucumbers and many other vegetables. He is southern born like me and has been tending this public gardening spot with several other men for many years. The plot of land behind him has been a City gardening spot since I moved here when I was 16 years old. I tried to get a photo of him working, but it was impossible. He always came back to a pose for the camera. I promised him that I would return at intervals during the summer in order to document how his garden grows. Norman says the hardest thing to take is when passersby raid the garden removing the tender young vegetables before they ripen. The garden is located on a busy corner on the bus route. People have been known to pick a shopping bag full of vegetables while waiting for the bus on the corner. I guess that is one of the draw backs of a public garden. The unwelcome harvesting  has not stopped Mr. Gainey and his friends from coming back every year to plant again.
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible (10th Anniversary Edition)Do you have any empty lots near you?. The City allows this planting because it is a sure thing that garbage is never going to collect on this spot.

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