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 – good to have it, didn’t quite stick to it.
The Plot – when we first saw it
After amending the soil with 1.5 yards of soil mixed with compost
Little plants beginning to rise
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.
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, 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!