How does your garden grow?

We’re getting off to somewhat of a slow start in the Community Resource Center edible garden. My grand vision of this was that the garden would be overflowing with fruits and vegetables for passers-by who might have eaten more recently at a soup kitchen than a bountiful garden. And it will get there. The tomato plants are starting to set fruit. The cucumber plants will, I fear, take over the entire plot. The strawberry plants have yielded a few berries and the blackberries are slowly turning from white to red to the ultimate deep purple. I am hoping the pepper plants will pick up the pace a little.

Our beautiful trellises won’t see any pole beans this year. But we’ll tie the tomato plants to them in a few days. And they’ll be good for the Christmas lights in a few months.

So far, my harvest has been three baby tomatoes that actually came with the plant (so that’s probably cheating in the “counting the harvest” category), and a few strawberries. I waited for my intended recipients to meander up the parking lot but, alas, that hasn’t happened yet.

I’ll admit, then, that the sole beneficiary of the garden thus far has been….me. The strawberries were delicious and I added the tomatoes to a salad the other day. But that’s fine. Perhaps when things move along a bit I’ll put up a sign: “Please help yourself.”

Or if that doesn’t work, there’s always the food desert in North Nashville. But I’m getting ahead of myself. A couple of miniature tomatoes and a handful of strawberries isn’t going to cut it.

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Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: www.crcnashville.org Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

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