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Our Luscious Community Garden Plot

I want to apologize to all of you – here I said I would be gone for a weekend and I was gone for a whole week!  Thanks for continuing the conversation while I was gone.  I will look for some updates from you all in the next few days, regarding your walking and your gardening – I can’t wait to hear how it’s going.


In the meantime, I realized it has been a VERY long time since I’ve showed you my community garden. Here is the evolution of the plot since April:

 

The Plan

The Plan – good to have it, didn’t quite stick to it.

 

The Plot - Before

The Plot – when we first saw it

 

After Amending The Soil

After amending the soil with 1.5 yards of soil mixed with compost

 

Planted P-Patch

Little plants beginning to rise

Our Beautiful Patch!

Grown!

 

This little 10 x 10 ft plot is providing loads of salad greens and basil, and soon we’ll be eating carrots, beets, and bulb fennel.

 

Close-up on the right side of the patch

Melons, nasturtiums, greens, and carrots

 

Our melons and eggplants are full of flowers but no fruit yet (planted it a bit late).  Our rhubarb (way back behind the amaranth) is doing wonderfully and I suspect we’ll be able to eat some next spring.  Most of our broccoli went to seed before producing any heads – I believe it got too hot, since we went from winter to summer without much of a spring this year.  But I have some small ones just coming up that will be ready by early fall.

 

Amaranth, 4 feet tall

Amaranth, now 4 feet tall


And the amaranth – isn’t it gorgeous?  We ate the small leaves as salad greens, the larger greens like spinach, and we’ll wait for the rest to produce grain seeds – they’re just starting to bud.  It is the easiest thing I’ve ever grown – these heirloom seeds were a gift from Botanical Interests.


If you’ll remember, most of what we planted went into my parent’s back yard.  I’ve also started a garden with my grandfather at his community garden patch.  And I have a few herbs on our fire escape as well.  Yes, I have my hand in 4 gardens – it’s true.  No wonder I’m battling to find the time for everything!  (See my post today at the Co-op.)

 

So, there you have it.  I’m proud of my little patch, considering that we just found out we had it during the second week of April.  It’s already time to start planting a second crop of greens!

 

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13 comments to Our Luscious Community Garden Plot

  • Love it, Melinda. I’m a huge amaranth fan, too. :)

  • Looks great! I need to grow some of that amaranth next year. My broccoli did the same thing, but like you I’m planting a fall/winter crop.

  • It’s a beautiful garden. I have to agree with you on the plan. Good to have it but we don’t always follow it. I feel it is the same with all gardens for sure. The red basil is most beautiful (I think basil?)

  • My broccoli didn’t work out this year either. I have some transplants that need to get into the garden though, so I might get some this fall. I hope so. My garlic was harvested and almost dry. My onions are starting to bulb up. My storage potatoes are just staring to flower. My tomatoes are just starting to produce as are my peppers. I’ve dried a lot of herbs for the winter. I’ve harvested over 20lbs of greens this year and almost 9lbs of peas. I can’t wait for the summer crops to really start coming in. I think the cucurbits are about to start exploding with growth. Finally. We had a really record breaking cold and cloudy June, so most of it was stalled, but the heat is finally starting to come on.

  • Jill S

    The garden is lookin’ good! : )

  • I love the before and after garden shots. They’re inspiring. Thank you.

  • abibpalma

    look like you are really doing some great work keep encoraging others to do the same.

  • Gorgeous! I love it :) . Amaranth….making a note to try growing that one myself!
    Blessings,
    Catherine :)

  • Rob

    LOL love the amaranth! looks interesting- I may have to try and grow it Next year in lieu of corn. Garden plot looks beautiful. I planted a plot at our community garden demo garden at the BIAS in burien- the first crop is picked and goes to the food bank!

  • Wow, I think I definitely will need a few years before I get up to your level of gardening, Melinda. I’m still trying to get tomatoes that ripen. And squash not to die. And to keep it watered evenly enough. Just a few things, really… all I can say is I love how easy green beans are to grow around here!

  • I love Amaranth and Quinoa. I just did a post about my favorite kind of quinoa:
    http://red-icculus.com/?p=219

    That plant is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, the leaves can’t be digested by all people and the seed should be washed thoroughly to get the bitters off. Regardless, they are a great nutritious grain. We replaced rice in our diet for amaranth and quinoa.

  • WOW- I LOVE your community garden. It is beautiful :)

  • Trish The promised land

    Use a shade cover or a frost blanket, the key is to keep your roots cool. If you know you’re going to have a hot day make sure you water and mulch. That will keep your broccoli from bolting and going to seed sooner than you would like. :)

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