I spent three hours at the p-patch this weekend, doing community garden weeding (weeding in places that aren't in my plot). There have been a couple plots that have been neglected for a year or more, and these needed to be cleaned up so that they could be reassigned to new (hopefully better, more involved) gardeners.
The other factor is the enormous pile of compost that our p-patch received this year. It's all got to get up to the various plots before it gets in the way of the Habitat for Humanity people who have generously let up take up a portion of their staging space. In the meantime, this pile of compost is a playground.
Caitlyn and her friend Raina spent two hours climbing, digging, sliding, throwing, and carrying compost. The rest of us shoveled it, wheelbarrowed it, and spread it. I think the girls were more pleased with their results.
Although, I must say, the p-patch is looking pretty good already. We may actually be getting this figured out this year.