Our first stop was to chat with another member who was heading home with his bag of garden goodies. He encouraged us all to share in his bounty, so we lightened his load and thanked him kindly. You know it's going to be a good tour when you're offered free tomatoes!
Tomatoes are certainly king of the summer garden. Just look at these beauties!
There were lots of gorgeous tomatoes, but none compared with this diminutive beauty. Blue indigo cherry tomato is on my future plant list!
All of this swooning over garden fresh tomatoes caused me to get a little ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning.
I was recently invited to tour the Sun City Organic Garden in Georgetown by fellow gardener, Richard Bucho. During a subsequent phone interview with Randall Brown, the Horticulture Club President, I learned that the community garden has 265 garden plots. Most plots are 4 by 25 foot raised beds and each bed has it's own water spigot, which is a very nice feature.
Membership is $25 per year and includes water, tools, horse manure, sand and crushed granite. What a deal!
A one time fee of $225 is assessed on new members. According to Randall, the one time fee initially paid for all the cinder blocks used to construct the beds, but is now used for improvements such as their fabulous barn and water collection system.
Two 2,500 gallon water tanks collect water from the barn roof, while a third tank collects water from the greenhouse.
The open air tool shed behind the barn is totally amazing! Pretty incredible, right! Any garden with this many shovels surely means business.
Don't forget to cleanup at this adorable sink wagon. I want one!
This garden is huge and we had a great time winding our way up and down the isles checking out what everyone was growing.
I was amazed by the productivity of this garden. Many plants were dripping with produce of all kinds. Five of the beds in this garden are dedicated to growing food for Caring Place and the Annunciation Maternity Home. Members are encouraged to donate excess produce as well.
|Corn and Sunflowers|
What garden would not be complete without a greenhouse! According to Randall, the Sun City Organic Garden horticultural club grows many of the plants featured in this garden. The club hosts two plant sales a year and grows thousands of seedlings as well as perennials. The next sale scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2015, will feature fall vegetable transplants, irises and other perennials. Sounds good to me!
One of the big surprises in the garden, other than the shear size, was the community orchard and vineyard. Plums, peaches, figs and persimmons were some of the fruit trees I saw. The vineyard was being meticulously tended by a member who told me they were growing a red wine grape variety called Norton.
|Gregg's Mist Flower|
It's not all work at the Sun City Organic Garden. I noticed several seating areas scattered through out the garden inviting members to sit a spell.
Here's my host, Richard, kicking back for a quick photo op.
I'd like to thank Richard for this fabulous tour. Also, thanks to Randall for his phone interview. You've got a real gem there in Georgetown. I'm grateful that you shared your time and garden with me.