lettuce: late 13c., from O.Fr. laitues, pl. of laitue, from L. lactuca “lettuce,” from lac (gen. lactis) “milk” (see lactation); so called in allusion to the milky juice of the plant. (From the Online Etymology Dictionary)
By conservative estimates, I’ll be living in the Netherlands in time to enjoy the height of this year’s tulip season. As the countdown begins, I plan to wring every last drop of essential Miami out of my days and share my top 20 favorites over the coming weeks.
Here’s #20 of my Miami highlights: vegetable gardening in January thanks to my local community garden in Pine Tree Park.
While my friends and family complain about the ten feet Snoprah left behind, I marvel that my arugula and cilantro grew a few inches overnight. Before I devour my garden loot, I’m sure to send them sympathetic emails with photos of my harvest.
Beyond the obvious perks of growing your own food, joining a community garden literally builds community. The perils of gardening in the tropics gives me an excuse to talk to gardeners facing similar challenges. Inadvertently, I’ve met many neighbors of all ages and walks of life–from a stellar gardener who once kept greenhouses in London to the girl-scout who just discovered what a real carrot looks like. Miami Beach’s local government runs the community garden projects. Getting a plot may take some time and patience, but the benefits speak for themselves. For more information on community gardens in Miami Beach please check out these links and physical addresses.
Pine Tree Park Community Garden (Mid Beach)
4400 Pinetree Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140
North Beach Community Garden Dickens Park at 73rd Street and Dickens Avenue, Miami Beach, FL