Last week I had the opportunity to attend the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago. Not only did I get to see three generations of Bushes (my favorite being Barbara) and Kevin Bacon, but I was surprised at the theme of gardening that came through loud and clear.
At the conference, we participated in a fun service project where we got in long lines with a tub and as we went through, other volunteers put items in them like rakes, gloves, seeds, and at the end of the line we ended up with a complete community garden in a box, which would be given to Chicago schools. That got me thinking . . .
Now that I’ve been gardening for a couple of years now (although definitely not a master gardener!) I realized how much I don’t know about gardening. It seems simple enough: Buy seed. Stick it in the ground. Water. Harvest. However, I’ve discovered it’s much harder than that. When does one plant the seed? How deep? How close? What about companion planting? What needs full sun and what can live with some shade? How do I know when my crop is ready to pick? Do I cut it off or pull the whole plant? Whew! Good thing for the internet!
At the conference we heard about community gardens, corporate giving gardens, and all sorts of gardens that reach out to others for the greater good of our country. I know there are some in my own community, but I’ve never thought I was knowledgeable enough to help out. Plus I really don’t need ANOTHER organization with which to volunteer, but I still plan to do some research to find out who’s around me and perhaps give financially.
Are you involved in any “philanthropic” gardening activities? Let me know in the comments below!
Oh, I almost forgot! Here’s that front yard garden update video I promised. I spent probably 10 hours working in my gardens this past weekend. It was very relaxing but I am so sore now.