On a patio near the Broome County Courthouse in Binghamton, New York, a community garden has sprouted. It's part of a program called Plant it Forward.
Cherry tomatoes thrive in planters where day lilies grew last year.
Here's a closeup of the tomatoes.
Nearby, peppers grow.
When I first blogged about this small community garden in May, I was concerned about theft or vandalism. Perhaps because this is a guarded area (being next the the courthouse), the vandals have left it alone.
I'm not sure this can properly be called a "community garden" as it seems the boxes are being tended by employees of various law offices and other corporations, but it is a hopeful sign of what can be accomplished in Binghamton.
I know it hasn't been easy for those dedicated volunteers. We are in the midst of a drought. At first, people were tending these boxes carrying water from who knows where. Later, a grounds person looped a garden hose so people could fill their watering cans. Still, a lot of effort has gone into growing this small garden.
Is there a downtown community garden where you live?