We didn’t see any parking strip gardens on our vacation, but then again we didn’t spend much time in towns or near sidewalks. Mostly we were out in the countryside or on the beach, so the only garden we saw was planted and tended by the woman who kindly rented us her home for a few days. She has an organic “pick and pay” setup where folks stop by, take what they want, weigh it and pay on the honor system. It’s not a huge patch for a rural zone, but it dwarfed what most of us city folks can manage to shoehorn into our tiny lots.
She had a lot growing out there, nicely laid out and well fertilized with compost and chicken manure. Since we were staying there, she told us to help ourselves. It was great fun to head out there with a basket and pick a few things every day. There were a few blueberries and raspberries left, but mostly we homed in on the salad stuff, like edible flowers (borage and a variety of colors of nasturtiums) and fennel:
We hope she’ll let us return again – we had a great time and the garden was a huge part of the enjoyment.
If you are interested in her garden or the possibility of a stay in her lovely cottage, her name is Maggie Jacoby and she can be reached at 360-579-4238.