Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Iowa Ave. Garden Update

We’ve been focusing our efforts on our newest garden at Amy’s place, but we’re still going strong on our plot on Iowa Ave.  Here’s what’s growing over there:

The tomatoes, peppers, and herbs are thriving in the back section. Thanks to some burlap and straw, the grass isn't too bad back there.

The tomatoes, peppers, and herbs are thriving in the back section. Thanks to some burlap and straw, the grass isn’t too bad back there.

Our new tomato container garden, built over a thick layer of plastic sheeting and wood chips, is also grass free and doing well.

Our new tomato container garden, built over a thick layer of plastic sheeting and wood chips, is also grass free and doing well.

And, since we had so many tomato plants, here's our newest little tomato patch by the front fence.

And, since we had so many tomato plants, here’s our newest little tomato patch by the front fence.

The middle section we tilled up this year is supporting four varieties of beans, with salad greens and carrots planted on either side of each row. Burlap and straw line the middle of the rows. So far the grass has been kept at bay with this system!

The middle section we tilled up this year is supporting four varieties of beans, with salad greens and carrots planted on either side of each row. Burlap and straw line the middle of the rows. So far the grass has been kept mostly at bay with this system!

Cucumbers are filling in. We planted three varieties, lemon, a pickling, and Japanese.

Cucumbers are filling in (also some grass). We planted three varieties, lemon, pickling, and Japanese.

The hops along the front corner are doing well this year, their second year in this location.

The hops along the front corner are doing well this year, their second year in this location.

Some of the Italian pole beans we planted did succumb to pest damage, so we've replanted to try to fill in the teepee trellis.

Some of the Italian pole beans we planted did succumb to pest damage, so we’ve replanted to try to fill in the teepee trellis.

Lots of beets!

Lots of beets!

Sharing the beet bed are some sugar snap and snow peas. We've had several great harvests from these- the cool spring was good for something!

Sharing the beet bed are some sugar snap and snow peas. We’ve had several great harvests from these- the cool spring was good for something!

These curly scapes will eventually flower and produce seed if left in place. We've been cutting ours off to promote bigger bulb growth. Plus they're delicious!

These curly garlic scapes will eventually flower and produce seed if left in place. We’ve been cutting ours off to promote bigger bulb growth. Plus they’re delicious!

The popcorn we planted started taking off.

Popcorn!

Got these French breakfast radishes planted right in time, they're starting to get pretty spicy now that summer weather caught up with us.

Got these French breakfast radishes planted right in time, they’re starting to get pretty spicy now that summer weather caught up with us.

The ginger we planted is starting to sprout.

The ginger we planted is starting to sprout.

These salad greens have been going strong for several weeks. The spinach toward the back of the bed bolted and is setting seed.

These salad greens have been going strong for several weeks. The spinach toward the back of the bed bolted and is setting seed.

Some volunteer lettuce heads also bolted and are currently flowering. In the three days since I took this photo they've grown even more and shot out some beautiful blue flowers.

Some volunteer lettuce heads also bolted and are currently flowering in the onion bed. In the three days since I took this photo they’ve grown even more and shot out some beautiful blue flowers.

This is shaping up to be our most productive year for this garden. Tilling the back and middle sections definitely got rid of a lot of the grass we’ve been battling and gave us extra planting space. We had planned to install drip irrigation but time got away. Maybe next year!

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