I wanted to wait until I had completed the entire project to show you my giving garden. Things just look so…brown. All the lush green of the summer is dried up and dormant, but I just couldn’t help myself. I had to let you in on what’s been brewing in my front yard. You deserve to see things in their current state. Like Joy would say, this is real life.
Before I begin, let me quickly bring you up to speed. In August, IÂ serendipitously got connected with the folks at Lettuce Link. In true Stacy fashion, I came home from a Lettuce LinkÂ soirÃ©e, giddy with enthusiasm and ideas, and vowed to create a food bank giving garden of my own (check out that post here). I eyed the front lawn, the partially shady spot that would be perfect for greens, and the take over began.
The borders for my garden would be created using empty wine bottles, a reusable object that will last for ages in our soggy climate.Â As my garden has undergone this transformation, it’s been a neighborhood curiosity.Â If I had a quarter for every time one of my neighbors or passerby asked me, “what’s up with the bottles?” I’d be a lucky lady.
Brandon and Molly humored me by letting me have empty wine bottles from several weekend nights at Delancey. A friend and mother of a former student made several special trips to give me countless empty bottles of wine she and her family collected. When visiting friends, they’d greet me with bags of empty bottles that they had stashed away especially for me. I even came home several nights to find brown paper sacks of bottles left on my porch by mysterious neighborhood donors. Yes, this garden is the result of a lot of neighborly contributions.
Starting this giving garden has given me an energy that I hadn’t expected and I can only imagine what I’ll feel when I take my first basket of vegetables to the food bank. Planting it in the front yard was one of the best things I could have done. It inspires and excites me every time I walk out my front door and I like to think that maybe it inspires the people who walk past it as well.