Sunflowers grow here every year- thanks, Dave!
This is our third season working on the Iowa Ave. garden, and it’s going well. Originally designed with raised beds, we’ve since tilled up larger sections to get more planting space and try to deal with the ever-invasive grass.
Newly tilled this year is the back section, which now boasts a dozen healthy tomato plants, lots of peppers, and a variety of herbs.
Parsley and nasturtium
Popcorn is thriving in the tilled middle section of the garden.
Also in the middle section, three varieties of beans, including bolita and black beans.
We saved seeds from an unknown variety last year. Long and skinny with small striped beans, they’re great as green beans when young. We’re hoping they’ll be good for dried beans, too.
The teepee trellis sits in the southwest corner of the lot, which we dug out by hand. It’s planted with more pole beans.
Pole beans growing up the bamboo
The view from inside. Yes, there are beans all the way at the top, very much out of reach without a ladder!
Hops growing in the corner
The raised beds have eggplant, edamame, cucumbers, carrots, garlic, beets, flowers, and lots of plants going to seed. Soon we’ll be replanting for fall!
We have two new beds this year. This one was planted with ginger.
Horseradish in the other new bed, along with some mustard going to seed.
I do most of the harvesting on Fridays in preparation for the Cherokee Street International Farmers’ Market but we harvested some goodies today, too.
Lemon, Japanese, and pickling cucumbers
Tomato and bean harvest
I also started to dig up some of Dave’s hardneck garlic we’d transplanted into one of the beds earlier in the spring. Temperatures are predicted to be much lower tomorrow and Thursday, so we’ll be back at it some more!