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After leaving the gorgeous green of Missouri 10 years ago for the grey sea of concrete that is Long Beach and Los Angeles, I finally have a spot in a community garden. I combined plots with a friend who spent a couple of her formative years in the Midwest and missed the green enough to sit on a community garden waiting list with me for more than 3 years. But our wait is finally over!

We started late and I didn't do enough research to figure out what I needed, but we stuck some plants in the ground and are hoping for the best. I spent most of my life gardening and my college years were full of green houses and landscaping jobs. Somehow, all that knowledge faded away, but it felt so good to get back into the dirt!

Pardon the craptastic camera phone shot, but it's all I had at the time. They say there's nothing but smog, botox and fake tits out in Southern California, but we're proving them wrong. Behold, our little corner of heaven!

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Tags: community, garden, gardening, plot, urban

Comment by ConsciouslyFrugal on July 13, 2010 at 2:12pm
Gracias! One day, Viggie, I'm going to have a lovely house and garden like yours! Ok, maybe not as bad ass as yours, but it's certainly something to reach toward. :)
Comment by Norman Saunderson on October 25, 2011 at 4:46pm
I see you've planted marigolds between your veg. Is it true that it keeps the bugs away ? Norman
Comment by ConsciouslyFrugal on October 25, 2011 at 8:05pm
Hey Norman. We did have some white fly problems with our tomatoes, but outside of that (which didn't impact our harvest), we didn't have any issues. The soil was really poor as well, so I was surprised when we didn't have many bug issues. I don't know if it was the marigolds, but my father always planted them and claimed they kept the bugs away. So, I just followed dad's lead!
Comment by Norman Saunderson on October 26, 2011 at 11:55am
I've heard the same story many years ago so I'm sure there must be something about the Marigolds the bugs don't like however you can't go wrong following your dads lead.Norman Saunderson.

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