Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Community gardens


Yesterday I visited the Bell Gardens Community gardens. It is not Downey, but it is close. Bell Gardens is directly west of Downey and shares the Rio Hondo riverbed. On the Bell Gardens side of the river, one of the things you see as you walk along the bike path is the profusion of flowers and vegetables planted in this community effort.

IMG_2627It was fun to wander through the gardens and see the variety of plantings and to realize how much activity there was on a week day. There were quite a few people working their plots, culling, weeding, picking the fruits of their labor.


One of the guys we met was Manny. He had planted mostly onions, big purple ones. But, he also had these beautiful red gladiolas all around his plot that he was cutting to take to his mother. I think the thing that surprised me the most was how old these gardens are. Manny has had a plot here for 14 years! I never even knew this existed  until a couple of years ago.


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