Volunteer Gardener Diaries

May 24th

When my friend BJ mentioned he wanted help “landscaping” the front yard of his new house, I did what I typically do: volunteer, come over prepared after having enjoyed a gallon of coffee, haul him to the local garden shop with far too many ideas and jump up and down on occasion during the day at our progress.

I could never be a hipster. I’m far too willing to show my excitement and happiness at the little things.

In progress

We started with two dirt patches filled with errant grass and weeds and a dusty porch. And one happy dog — Chaco — to watch us work.

Chaco!

Tarped

Tarped

Happy man

We finished with two dirt patches covered with black plastic — to cook off those weeds. And a porch decorated with baskets of hanging flowers, a potted poppy and clean chairs. A bit of weeding. A bit of sweeping. And now, a bit of waiting as the plastic and the sun do their thing. In a few weeks we’ll put down mulch, plant some native grasses and a tree and call it a job well done.

Basket of flowers

With any luck, we’ll come close to the glory that is his next door neighbor’s yard. Not only is her porch swing adorable, but she’s let friends come in to garden portions of her yard. It is a mini-community garden with boxes marked off and the whole enchilada. Amazing creativity, this community. I absolutely love the spirit of sustainability and sharing.

I convinced BJ to approach her and see if anyone else would like the two patches of earth he owns down by the street. The ones in front of her home are being gardened by some volunteer. It would be so much sweeter to see this space going to use for food. He agreed.

*UPDATED: Rosie sent me this link and if it isn’t the same front yard! Bravo to this woman, who’s turned her yard into a CSA.

Neighbor's porch

Neighbor's amazing garden

Of course, we celebrated our hour of labor with two hours of happy at a local brewery.

Breck Brewery

Colorado loves their breweries. (I could be a hipster about beer. Pretty to photograph, but otherwise? Meh.)

~K

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9 Responses

  1. Love it. Look ma – I made the blog!!!

  2. I’ve been meaning to share this with you….they’re friends of a friend – very cool people. In fact, they turned my friend’s yard into a garden for their CSA.

    http://www.urbiculturecommunityfarms.org/

    So great to share in those happy hour beers with you! And great to meet you, BJ! 🙂

  3. yes we do love our beer – gardening is a great excuse to partake! Looking forward to updates on BJ’s project.

  4. Ooh! Maybe we can go to this brewery when I’m in town? And I’d love to see how your friend’s garden is doing by then. I’m sure it will be gorgeous!

    I love the idea of a backyard CSA, but I’ll be honest, I really don’t want people tromping around in my quiet oasis all the time. Instead, maybe I can just continue giving away veggies.

    Though I HAVE wanted to plant pumpkins or strawberries in the front yard for the kiddos to tromp through and pick their own…

  5. Hang on, I’ll be right over to help…with the garden and the bottle of merlot…(giggle)…

  6. happy to be spring!..always enjoy your posts. Hope all is well .:)

  7. Happy to see you keep your hands busy girl!

  8. What a super idea, burning off the weeds/grass with plastic. Why didn’t I think of that? I love this whole gardening/sharing/planting idea. Bravo!

  9. Wow, sounds great. I wouldn’t mind turning part of my backyard in CenPho into a CSA. Guess I just need to find some apartment-dwellers with a love of land and gardening.

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