Doing a little research during breakfast, I discovered there are two community gardens in Escondido.
The smaller one is the South Escondido Garden, at 1540 South Escondido Boulevard.
I then drove up to the larger garden, the Escondido Community Garden, near Centre City Parkway between El Norte Parkway and Mission Avenue. They have to main area: one for the general public, and the southern section for seniors. I talked to a couple of people at the senior garden. A very nice gardener named “Lilian” spent quite a bit of time chatting with me about the garden. Their plots are 20 feet by 20 feet! (The main section plots for the general public are “only” 4’x16′). They get free mulch from the city, and mushroom compost from a mushroom farm (also free I believe).
The use of concrete blocks for plot borders is a difference from other gardens I’ve seen.
A nice covered picnic table area:
A longer view, looking north to the main section:
The senior gardens area:
Another view of the senior gardens area. This underutilized plot is going to be given to a new gardener:
Before I left, Lilian gave me a large bag of lettuce straight from her garden. We had shared experiences and knowledge about pests, community, and many other aspects of gardening. That sharing is one of the great things that a community garden is about!
For more information, the City of Escondido has a page here about their program: