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How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

Ravi Romel Sharma for NPR.

“A lot of gardeners sort of forget the community aspect of the garden,” says Marien. “If you don’t pull your weeds, those weeds flower and get into my plot.”

By Carolyn Beans
Aug 18, 2017


I spent two years dreaming of sun-warmed tomatoes, towering sunflowers and home-grown salad greens before a spot opened in my community garden in Washington, D.C.

When I first met plot 56 in September of 2015, it was a mound of grasses, vines and cilantro gone to seed.

I had no experience with a vegetable garden of my own, but I knew I was just the person to tame this 4- by 8-foot raised bed. I grew up watching my dad grow veggies. I worked on a flower farm in high school. And I trained as a plant biologist. So I know something about encouraging a seed to grow.

Here I am in 2015 confidently posed by the weeds I was ready to conquer.

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