Now that the weather in southwestern Pennsylvania has finally turned the corner and is more like spring, gardening has been on the forefront of my mind. Today I hope to inspire you with some herbal thoughts about community gardens while the weather here (and in other places around the country) warms up. Read on for more garden inspiration.

Benefits of Community Gardens

Community gardens do so much good. They are sponsored by public entities and private organizations. If you are an apartment or condo dweller, or have a house in the city, community gardens give you your own space to garden in. If you have a parent or another loved one that needs help gardening, you could share a plot with them to enhance their lives and give the both of you good food to eat. You see, I think gardening is good for your body, mind and soul, and if it means gardening in a smaller space, a community garden plot may be just the right size for you.

I am going to introduce you to three of my favorite community gardens I have visited in my herbal travels. And if you are even more interested in community gardening, the American Community Garden Association website will help you find a community garden in your area. Just submit your zip code and/or location. This is a great starting point.

The Cascade P-Patch Community Garden - Downtown Seattle

When I was out west several years ago, I got to see the Cascade P-Patch Community Garden in downtown Seattle. The P-Patch association is a group of community gardens all over the Seattle area. There are various sizes and prices for plots. The Cascade Community Gardens is a very popular community garden and you may have to be on a waiting list to get in.

Cascade P-Patch Community Garden Sign
A colorful sign welcomes you to the beautiful Cascade P-Patch Community Garden located in downtown Seattle.

It was in September and the gardens were lush and full of veggies, herbs and flowers. 

Cascade Community Gardens 
September brings an abundant harvest to the garden.

I am always impressed by the size of the herbs in these gardens and this particular rosemary is no exception.  It was very happy to be surrounded by the concrete of the sidewalks.  I need to put some pavers around mine in my herb garden this season.  The reflective heat of the concrete is what helps the rosemary to flourish.

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divinestreb
5/20/2014 6:16:56 AM

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