LEMON CUCUMBERS. Purple beans. Dill. Snap peas. Kohlrabi.
The list of vegetables grown in a community garden at Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault also includes ground cherries, tomatoes, Swiss chard, eggplant, cilantro, rosemary. Plus clover and sunflowers. And maybe some plants I’ve missed.
While I had hoped to harvest beans during a recent stop, I found them still too small and other vegetables (the ones I would eat) not yet ready for picking.
But I still took time to photograph this wedge garden, a project of Friends of the Library. The Friends Organic Learning Garden was designed several years ago as a place for folks to gather and learn how to:
- grow delicious organic food
- care for the earth and our water supply
- support pollinators
- connect with others in the community
It’s a great idea. Anything that brings people together, educates and meets a need—providing food—certainly holds value. I have, in past years, enjoyed vegetables from the library garden. That includes lemon cucumbers, which Lisa Reuvers, library employee and lead master gardener, says “were a hit a couple of years ago.”
I’ll keep an eye on those coveted orb-shaped cucumbers as they ripen and grab a few for salads…
TELL ME: Does your community have a similar garden? Or are you a gardener? I’d like to hear.
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