Stop. Listen. What's that sound?

Sunday, August 03, 2008
It's the fire alarm going off throughout our entire 19 story building thanks to a miss push of the elevator buttons by the Admiral. Seems she meant to hit "Close Door" but instead hit the BIG RED BUTTON 2 buttons below it which read ALARM. I think she needs to get her eyes checked again... Fortunately she finally figured out that if she picked up the emergency phone in the elevator, the alarm would stop ringing. I'm sure the other residents are grateful.

We have decided, after much consideration, that we will not be taking part in the community garden next year. Don't worry, I think it's a great idea, a wonderful way to cut the cost of groceries and eat fresh, as well as introducing city folks to nature (which many of us don't get enough of). However, our garden (which I won't mention the name of again or link although if you do a search of the blog you can figure it out) doesn't seem well run, few gardeners actively participate in volunteering for the simplest of tasks and we've only had one meeting this summer (and that was back in April when we signed up). We're both of the opinion that a good portion of the problem lies at the top although there's only so much urging and encouraging you can do. The emails being sent out from the coordinator routinely have an accusatory tone to them and we've had enough (the Admiral and I have put in about 4 hours of work so far this summer which is about 4 hours more than 90% of the participants). Sadly it seems that most of the participants want a spot to plant in, to pay their $10, and then be left alone until they have to sign up again next year. Unfortuantley, someone's got to mow the lawn, do repairs, fill the water barrels, etc. and it's clear that it is the same 5 or 6 of us that are stepping up to the plate. Instead we're going to get a couple of larger planters for the balcony and plant beans and tomatoes (maybe carrots) along with flowers and give up our spot. We're not really that choked up about it: the zucchini has taken over almost a third of the garden, our carrots were planted too close together, the beets are too much work (ha!), and our 1 1/2 foot tall marigolds have only justed started blooming after 2 and a half months.

7 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Yeah...the gardening thing...I have totally let mine lapse, out of laziness and defeat. I should probably go and pick my four beans and do something with them...I've just found that with the weed issues and the crappy weather that has shortened my growing season, that this little gardening adventure of mine hasn't been worth the effort in the end. I'm kind of ashamed about it, actually, but really...It's not my bag and I have to accept that.

tweetey30 said...

Sounds like a lot of work and I dont see why people dont do there own work. I mean you sign up for somethign do it yourself. I mean come on people. Not you of course but the others. Its best just to have a small little garden like you said on your balcony. Then you know how much to grow. and such. You can always plant more if needed.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It really is a shame that people don't pull their weight on this, because now they have lost the only participants who ever really gave a damn. If it's your own patch of land, you can neglect it as much as you like, but when you are sharing, you have a responsibility. Ah the challenges of socialism!

I'll bet your balcony will be glorious next year though, and probably a lot easier to care for. And the cats will have a blast!

Heather said...

There really doesn't seem to be that much that grows well in Alberta, either...unless you really, really like turnips.

SME said...

I sympathize with the alarm thing. Many a neighbor's scorched dinner or false alarm has sent me scurrying to strap on a pack of necessities, herding the bunny into her carrier and hauling her down ten flights of stairs in the middle of the night. Blech.

I'm surprised your fellow gardeners aren't more gung-ho. I guess green thumbs are in short supply these days.

Gardenia said...

Growing season has been weird this summer.

Sorry about the coop gardening, but that seems to be the way it always happens - the work falls to the few....

I tried to patio garden in Wyoming but that dang 70 mph wind, dryness and cloud of dirt was death to anything green, but if anyone can pull it off, you can!

ems said...

We gave up our allotment when we moved a few years ago. I can identify with the zucchini (courgettes here in England) - ours were prolific and I didn't quite know what to do with them all!

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