I love community gardens! Are they new to you? In some ways, they work like their sisters, allotments, but several gardeners share the space. For me, a small fee covers water and a season’s use of garden area.
Gardeners share expertise, seeds, tools, produces, and sometimes plant diseases. College students and professors, men and women, young and old gather at the garden hoses. It is a diverse group of personalities brought together by the love of digging in dirt. While some garden to supplement their food pantries, others donate their bounty to retirement home kitchens or food banks for those struggling to support families.
We fight plant diseases, drought, heat, snow, floods, and thieves. Yes, thieves who browse the plots and help themselves. Such was the fate of my watermelons earlier this year. It hurt my feelings to have the openness of our plots betrayed. I made signs warning any future thieves.
Watermelon Fire and Ice
2 cups watermelon chopped into small cubes and seeded
2 hot peppers minced (hot and green make a wonderful contrast–jalapeno, Anaheim, etc.)
½ small onion diced
Drain watermelon in colander to remove excess juices
Mix ingredients gently (somehow mushy watermelon does not work well)
Chill thoroughly and serve with corn chips