March 24, 2012
Greetings! Welcome to the Oakvale Green Community Garden blog.
A community garden is defined as a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people.That sums it up nicely, but of course, there’s so much more to it. Whether it’s an urban or rural patch of land, whether ornamentals and/or vegetables are planted, whether the gardeners are neighbours or strangers or a mix, each community garden has its own style, its own personality.
It’s rather like ‘terroir‘, the word French winemakers use to describe the special and unique characteristics of the earth that sustains their vines. The renowned wine author Hugh Johnson, writes that, “…it means the whole ecology of a vineyard: every aspect of its surroundings from bedrock to late frosts and autumn mists, not excluding the way a vineyard is tended, nor even the soul of the vigneron.”
Through this blog, we’ll all learn something about Oakvale Green and its terroir – the features of land, climate, location and relationships that make our garden grow.
A new season is upon us and we have some exciting plans for improving our flower gardens and helping all plot gardeners to enjoy the fruits (and veggies!) of their labour.