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Bowmanville community garden plot

Project Location: Chicago, IL

For the past few summers, we have shared a 10x10’ organic community garden plot with two friends, and enjoyed a bounty of fresh vegetables, flowers, and herbs as a result. In early spring, I start several varieties of seeds inside in a south-facing window (tomatoes, peppers, etc.), and draft a planting plan for the year. We’ve had good success with sugar snap peas grown on the perimeter fence, early and late arugula, kale, tomatoes, and both butternut squash and pie pumpkins (once I learned to give them enough room to crawl). Having fresh frozen pesto in the dead of winter is one of the best rewards of tending your own vegetable garden: I’ve learned you can never plant too much basil.