Having a garden is mostly a joyous thing, not a painful thing. The term “Growing Pains” is used here to mean growth and progress is coming to Elm Street Gardens with the acquisition of two empty lots on Elm Street so we may grow our garden space. Admittedly, there will be a lot of work involved and that may be somewhat painful.
One of the new lots is on the same side of the street as our current garden and the other is across the street near the top of Elm Street. They are close, but not contiguous to each other or to our current gardening area. One lot is relatively flat and mostly needs to be cleared of some scrub trees and undergrowth while the other needs more clearing and leveling as well as work to control the water which flows across the back of the property. (But we have dealt with the same water issue on our current grounds and we know it can be done.)
Robert is tickled to have the new project and is looking forward to the process,which will involve the issues I mentioned above and much more. Elm Street Gardens manager, Jim Fraser, may not be looking forward as much to all the hard work that will be required of him, but I think he is genuinely pleased that he will have more land on which to grow vegetables and fruit for more people. And it pleases us that we’ve kept the new growing areas all on Elm Street.
So here we go again. “If some is good, more is better” is the maxim that has often ruled our lives. It is great to see the energy and interest with which the development of this property is anticipated.
Here are a few views of the new lots that will become part of Elm Street Gardens. Not too much to see perhaps, but I am submitting these pictures as the "before" record of all the work that will come.