Thanks to Kathy's patience and incredible knowledge I've learned quite a lot so far about gardening.. especially about sustainable gardening practices, which is awesome!! When she started laying down cardboard among the plants it may have crossed my mind that she was going a bit crazy (sorry Kathy), but then she explained to me that this would mean we wouldn't have to weed the area because the cardboard would kill the weeds without any chemical, and my own slave labor...thank you Kathy ;). Over time the cardboard will disintegrate into the soil and make for a great compost-like substance! Yay! ...If my mom reads this she's going to think she's reading the wrong blog, ha! But what I'm most thankful for is the quiet time that I can spend outside enjoying nature. I've found that gardening can become very therapeutic, especially in the quietness of country living. Sometimes all you need is to take a deep breath and listen to the birds chirp in order to slow down and relax. Knowing this, I think it will be difficult to go back to Brandon at the end of the summer!
Coincidentally, the on-going joke this summer has been about lawn fertilizer, and I feel like this needs to be shared with everyone...
I was at Nadia's house having an "office day" which consisted of calling possible sponsors as well as calling businesses I had already been to in person to see if they were interested in sponsoring the festival in any way, while Nadia was busy downstairs baking away. Anywho, I was getting to the end of call-backs (we're talking approximately 100 phone conversations here) and I was having quite a string of bad luck and started to feel pretty down about all of it! One of my last calls was to a farm supply company and at this point I was getting pretty desperate. So I did my usual spiel, not expecting much. And then I heard, "Yes we'd like to donate". I may have blacked out a little bit with happiness and surprise but I'm pretty sure my answer was, "What?.. Really?" So they wanted to donate a bag of lawn fertilizer! It may not sound like much but let me tell you... As soon as I got off the phone I ran to the stairs and shouted down to Nadia, "OH MY GOSH, I JUST GOT US SOME LAWN FERTILIZER!!!!" I was so excited I couldn't contain myself. Nadia found this hysterical of course and we were soon laughing our buns off. That was definitely the highlight of my day folks, and I haven't heard the end of it since!
The Community Garden is slowly but surely coming together and looking beautiful! It has even inspired my own little garden! Kathy and her husband Grant work so hard every year to put this piece of art together and I'm so glad that I can be apart of it this year! Even if I do end up cursing the heat, rain and mosquitoes some days :). I'm excited to keep learning something new with Kathy each day at the garden and I look forward to the end result of everyone's hard work and dedication!