Community Gardens Different in their own Unique Ways, Part IV
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow) January 12, 2008
This community garden is located in Wayne, Michigan about 15 miles west of Detroit. It is part of a Korean Senior Citizen apartment complex. In my many visits to this garden I don’t think I’ve seen anyone younger than 70 years old in this garden, yet these are some of the most immaculate that I have ever seen, not a weed in site. I estimate the garden is about 2 acres in size are divided in plots that are about 20X10 feet in size. Each resident has his or her own plot/
Not a weed in Site
These gardeners are very ingenious; they are able to garden about 10 months of the year by using homemade hoop houses and cold frames. Every inch of space is utilized...
Every inch of space is utilized
They have dammed up a ditch that carried rain water from the parking lot and created a rice paddy which is very productive. Many of their crops are greens of one type or another along with a variety of hot peppers. One thing that I found very interesting, I didn’t see on tomato plant in these gardens.
Rice and other bog plants Fallow ground is covered until the next planting
The path ways are covered with discarded carpeting in order to deter weeds; areas that are not planted are cover with plastic until the next crop is planted.
Old carpeting covers the walkways Melons anyone?
Pass the pepper please
Every time the weeds start to get away from me in my garden I tend to think how how these Korean folks tend to their gardens and just pull a little faster.
Photos by author.
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