Just Try. Get permission from some owner of a vacant lot. This can be the
the City, or private developer. Whoever,
but meet with them and explain what you are doing and coordinate who is taking
care of the lot and who should stay out.
Spend long hours bringing in good soil, removing glass, building beds,
finding a water source, picking up litter, removing dog shit. Meet with other people interested in
gardening, invite them to assist, even if they are slightly insane. Civic
Work beside old people who just grow okra like they did growing up in the south. Scold kids who jump the fence or run through the beds.
Then spend more time arguing with dog owners who refuse to curb their dog out of the garden and then listen to people complain about how your vegetable garden isn’t pretty, and then meet others who want to buy the lot to park cars on it.
Then do the things every gardener does: planting, weeding and watering. Spend money and time nurturing a good mix of annuals and perennials. If you are an optimist grow things like tomatoes and squashes. If you are a pessimist and think those will get stolen too quickly, grow root vegetables and herbs. If your really an optimist, plant fruit trees and grape vines. Get the kids to help. Show them that figs can actually grow in
. Have them save the worms you accidentally cut
with the shovel. Show them monarch caterpillars
and cocoons. Have them hide a growing
pumpkin under leaves so people won’t see it. Get a good sage plant going, then
get a big bush rosemary plant going in a sunny spot and give it lots of water
so it grows big and healthy. Ohio
hs doing all this and watching all your hard work come to fruition, and then… mont
…then come by some Saturday afternoon in October and find that someone has cut it all down. That beautiful rosemary bush that could have grown for years and years, cut to the ground. Everything butchered and piled in the corner compost bin. It can bring you to tears to see it. It is so heartbreaking and so tragic. This year it has put my wife in a depression.
Usually it is some volunteer group trying to clean up the neighborhood (fuck those do-gooders). (Don't they fucking know what rosemary looks like?) But other times it has been done by paid contractors hired by the City who got mixed up on what lots to clear. It is so frustrating. People have absolutely no respect for what you are doing. None.
It has happened in fenced lots and open lots. It has happened on lots owned by the City and lots owned by neighbors and lots owned by the
. It has happened to us most every year for
maybe 15 years. It is so frustrating, I
quit years ago. Civic Garden
But my wife trudges on. She needs to garden.
So each year, each spring she starts our and tries again. Or at least she always has so far.
Now, I am racking my brain trying to think of a solution, a better way. The only thing I can come up with is purchasing some land and fencing it and locking it. But where would this lot be? If it is to far to walk, then we will go there less. If it is isolated, it may suffer even more vandalism. We really don’t need a huge space, but most
lots are ignored by the owners and they have no incentive to sell or do
anything. Heck an agency will even come by and cut the weeds and plant bushes on it for you ur