Community Gardens Under The Watchful Eye Of George Washington

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Community Garden & Barn at Grist Mill Park

Though the dairy barn at Grist Mill Park was built in the 1920's by Minnesota Senator Clapp,  the land is part of Union Farm owned by George Washington.  The farm was part of an original land grant in 1657 and passed through a few members of the Washington family until George Washington acquired it 1784.  The farm passed through multiple owners after George Washington's relatives sold it and eventually 78 undeveloped acres were acquired by the Faifax County Park Authority in 1978.

Along with sports field and a dog park, the Park Authority set aside 34 community garden plots.  The plots are about 25 x 30 feet and are always in demand.  I'm lucky to have friends with a plot and they share a portion with me.   The garden plot owners are a communal group with long term gardeners willing share tips and advice with the newbies.  When I'm working in the garden I'm reminded of the history of the land and how gardens in the 1700 & 1800's would have flourished.

We are beginning to see the fruits of our labor with peppers, tomatoes, squash and beans growing well. Now if we can just keep the resident gopher at bay we may have fresh veggies on our table before the summer is over.

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Thom Abbott
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What a cool barn!

We have a community garden in our neighborhood. I totally get the concept, but ours is on a prominent piece of property as you enter our neighborhood, and they plots do not always look the best.

I've got my tomato plants in big planters on either side of my garage. That's the extent of my gardening...until you get to Serenity Pond. Then I can spend hours!

 

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Pamela Smith
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Cindy,

This is a beautiful garden.  I hope you get to enjoy some flavorful tomatoes!

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Very interesting...glad you shared this.

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Yet another local spot that I have never been to in my all life.  Time to put it on the list of things to do in my free time.  

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Thom-this is tucked on park property and has some strict rules on condition.  Ours is among the most pitful of the lot this year as it really needs a lot of work on the soil.

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Pamela-put in different varieties of tomatoes including purple.  Looking forward to the first ripe ones.

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Li-thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

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Chris Ann-having a few veggies to tend to gives me a little slow down time during the week.

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