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We joined a community garden again this year. We really enjoyed our experience at the communal garden we were a part of three summers ago but it was just too far away from our home for us to want to join again. When a farmer in a neighboring town, only about ten miles from where we live, opened up his land to the same community program that oversees these gardens here in Germany, we jumped at the chance to join in. We were lucky to get a strip of the garden near the end which makes watering easier, since it’s close to the water tank, but we actually haven’t had to water all that much in the past few weeks because it’s been raining quite a bit around here lately! The nice thing about having a plot in a community garden is that the farmer who owns the land tills and plants the rows for you and then the rest is up to you. We also have tools and watering cans at our disposal, that we all share so we don’t have to bring our own every time we come. Water is also provided, which can be a big burden if you don’t have a source nearby. A shared garden is a nice concept if you don’t own your own land or have a large yard, which is the case for us right now. Being part of a community garden has allowed us the luxury of being able to grow our own produce, on a large scale, without the expense of having to own land and all the equipment that you would need in order to maintain it. Anna has really been enjoying our trips to the garden lately too!

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