Mary's Veggie Garden

August 3, 2017

A Trip to the Farm

Filed under: Bicycling,Vassar Farm — marysveggiegarden @ 6:44 pm

Some days it is quite challenging getting to my community garden plot at Vassar Farm. Not only is it challenging, it is downright dangerous.

Rain fell on Monday 7/24:  1.2″ as measured by the National Weather Service. Tuesday was heavily overcast and rain threatened, but there was no precipitation. Wednesday 7/26 we took a trip to the garden for some much delayed harvest.

We are heading to the only available drive-in/bike-in gate. A gravel road runs from the barns, along the west edge of the garden to a pair of  lanes leading to the gate.

Two choices – and the road on the left is nasty. Those puddles are several inches deep.

I choose the road on the right – only slightly better.  The tiny strip of grass provides a bit of firmness.

Continuing through – the grass strip disappears and the puddle runs edge to edge. The mud is silty clay – very slippery. I’m getting nervous.

I ease left through the mud to the stability of the grass and resume pedaling.

The gate! This is the only way to bike or drive into the garden area and it is mud from post to post. The ruts are 8-10″ deep when dry. The first person into the area in the morning usually hooks the gates to the fence on either side but today they chose not to fill their shoes with water.

Close-up of the gate passage. Knee high rain boots are advised.

One last obstacle. The gazebos on the right was built in July and the heavy equipment used to haul the materials widened and deepened all the potholes from the road to the gardens.

The gate area is no better from the inside traveling out.

The most perfect sculpture placement ever!

All pictures are courtesy of my husband and his helmet camera:

1 Comment »

  1. Glad you both made it and out safely. Hope you had a good harvest!

    Comment by Judy Killmer — August 5, 2017 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

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