For reference, I first posted pics of what the plot looked like before and after I tilled it here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
And a set of progress pics here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
I went straight to my plot after work, and this is what I found:
Yes, that chunk of earth that strongly resembles a prairie full of wildflower is my community garden plot.
After an hour and a half:
Check out the yummy greens that were just waiting to be harvested:
And my tomatoes and peppers are doing really well! In the next couple of days, I think I'll need to invest in those wire tomato stands - the plants have gotten so much bigger!!
There were a LOT of weeds and wildflowers in the plot. I pulled most of them, but the ones along the edge of my plot I did leave - though I cleaned the areas up quite a bit. They were a much prettier barrier than the ugly plastic fences my neighbors were using!
Some of the prettiest flowers came from my radishes and arugula, that had already gone to seed:
And I while a lot of greens were ready to be picked, I still have some plants that will take another week or so to be ready for eating!
The scariest thing, though, was the fact that there were plants I couldn't identify in my plot! In particular, there was a massive plant that looked like it produced either beans or peas - I took some to the City Foods board meeting afterward, and not even my colleagues could identify them! IF you do recognize any of these, as weeds or as edibles, please let me know!!
I'm so excited my plot survived my neglect! If you have any suggestions on what else I could plant, or ways to improve or protect my plants, please share your wisdom!!