I'm part of a collective garden in my area. It's not a community garden where the land is divided and each person has their own plot to grow what they want. Instead, everything is grown as a collective and we share the harvest.
It takes a bit of work. We can go Saturdays or Tuesdays. Members are expected to do 2 hours of gardening tasks each week. Plus, to go water one day on our own. I do Sundays, and it takes me like 2 hours to water. So it's about 4 hours per week of work.
I'm not sure it's totally worth it, but it's nice to have some fresh organic produce to eat and not pay for it (other than with my time and work). I've been eating 3 types of kale, 3 types of swiss chard, 2 types of cucumbers, basil. The zucchini keeps getting chewed on by squirrels. There are some peas that others have eaten but I didn't get any (not really fair), some parsley, some edamame, some green beans. We;re waiting for the tomatoes to be ready, and the hot peppers.
Upon entering the garden, there is an arch made of bright pink peonies (I think). It's very beautiful.
In the garden, there is first the cucumbers, zucchini and kale area:
Followed by a few more cucumbers, the edamame, parsley and some ground cherry plants:
We have some garlic growing, which will be ready in the fall. There re onions beside it.
This is the view towards the entrance with the plants mentioned so far (plus the peas in the front left of the picture):
After that is one section of swiss chard:
And two plots of tomatoes:
The basil is near the end:
Along with the peppers and another plot of swiss chard:
There are also some medicinal calendulas growing:
Here is what we started with at the beginning of the year:
I just wanted to share the organic garden we've been growing. I hope it's been of interest for some people to see.
Living in the country with a yard, and being able to grow a garden is ideal. I've done it before. But this is a good alternative. Maybe your city has a similar endeavor you can get into. Check with community centers, and you might be in luck ;)
Thank you for your time and attention. Peace.