Kids, Carrots and a Thank-You Sign

On Saturday I was at the Farmer’s Market and stopped to water my bed at the community garden. As I was leaving I saw a woman with two young children in tow. From the alley she was pointing things out about the plants so I asked if she’d like to come in. She was delighted. Our deer fence, which isn’t proving very useful in keeping the deer out, does seem to keep people out. That’s unfortunate.

I asked the little girls if they liked carrots. They were willing to try a bite, so I pulled some from my bed, washed them off with the hose (I love having water so close by) and the kids each had the freshest carrot they had ever eaten. I asked if I could take their picture and here it is. The smallest girl is not happy in this photo, but was a minute before when she had a bite of carrot.

visitors to the garden

These serendipitous moments are the best part of the community garden for me. Did I make a couple of fresh carrot converts on Saturday? Maybe.

We have some new signage in the garden. Val Kenn Gray, Lin Clineburg and Joanne Buritsch collaborated on this sign which thanks the groups whose generous help was instrumental in getting our community garden started. The sign was placed on the side of the garden shed where it is visible and adds some decoration to an otherwise blank wall. Well done! Let’s all remember to thank and patronize the groups that support our community.


Kids, carrots and thank you signs are all a good thing in our St. Michaels Community Garden.


Guests In the Garden

On Friday, June 14th, we had guests in the garden – more than seventy.

Green Thumb, a garden interest group of the St. Michaels Woman’s Club included the Wilson Reading Garden and the St. Michaels Community Garden on their annual Garden Tour. The garden paths were dressed with fresh chips and the beds looked terrific.

community garden 6-14-13

The driving rain that morning was a problem, but these women were all gardeners. They came dressed for the weather, carrying large umbrellas. The ladies arrived in staggered, small groups and Lin Clineburg, Nancy Beatty, Val Kenn Gray and Mala Burt were available in the two gardens to answer questions.


It was interesting how many of the visitors had not been to either garden. They had lots of questions about the process of creating the gardens, the people involved and how it all worked. They were impressed with the diversity of what people were growing in their beds, and with all the rain we’ve had, the gardens were lush and beautiful. Despite the weather, it was wonderful to have visitors and show off our hard work. All of you should be proud!

color in the veggies