My Great Outdoors: Amelia's Community Garden Plot

Name: Amelia
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type of space: Community garden plot
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I am a foodie and a longtime container gardener, so I was thrilled to be assigned a fourteen by fourteen foot plot at a community garden here in Washington, DC. Over the course of the last six months, I have filled the beds with many of my favorite vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, salad greens, onions, beets, chard, potatoes, peas, carrots, squash, eggplants, and lots of herbs. Having this space has also allowed me to try out some eclectic and alluring seed catalog items, like my Mexican Sour Gherkins and Chocolate Cherry tomatoes.

It's been a very enjoyable learning process. Some veggies have been more successful than others, and now I know a lot more about what works in this area and what doesn't. And I love how peaceful the garden is and how friendly my neighbor gardeners are. I'm looking forward to keeping this plot going for years to come.

How did you create it? In December and January I pored over seed catalogs and made lists and maps in Excel of what I was going to plant where. I've chronicled the ongoing progress of the garden on my food and garden blog:

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Recommended store, site, product or resource? I bought many of my seed packets at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, which specializes in heirloom seeds adapted for the Mid-Atlantic region. Since they are based only a couple of hours from DC, I know their varieties are likely to work well in my garden!

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