I've had a garden plot for a month now.
I've learned a lot about the garden from visiting it regularly. I'll
walk down there with no idea what I want to do today, and after a few
minutes of being there something occurs to me. Gradually I'm developing
a feeling that I like the place a lot.
This is two views of the grape vines.
My big accomplishment so far was getting them ready for the new season.
That involved finding a source for T stakes and wire and pruning and
tying the vines so they should do well. I pruned the vines before I
really knew how I was going to stake them, so they aren't quite right
near the corner of the plot. Next year I'll do that better, assuming I
like them enough to keep them going after the harvest.
One time I found a ziplock bag with some pages of instruction on the
care of grape vines by them "from Marcie" by the roots of the grape
vine. I think that Marcie is that woman that wants to get as much food
production out of the garden as possible. I'm grateful for the advice,
but I hope she doesn't turn into a micro-manager. She likes the fact
that I'm good at stamping down the dumpster.
One time I found this huge root mass under the grape canes and so forth
in the dumpster. I had to do some asking around to find out that it was
Bolivian Sunchokes. I took home an armload of tubers and put the rest
in the CSA donation box. I've been putting the ones I brought home in
salads, where they are delicious. There was a note on the CSA donation
box to the effect "get these dahlia's out of here." I replied with a
note that they were suchokes and delicious in soups and salads. After
that the donation box disappeared. I hope I didn't mess up the system
by rescuing that food from the landfill. I also planted a few of the
tubers on my plot. I'm curious what the plant looks like above those
The broccoli that I planted is doing
okay, but nothing dramatic has come of it yet.
The lettuce is doing fine. Actually the
one that's getting tall was sweet when it was younger, but now the
flavor is getting rather sharp, kind of like Swiss chard. I steal a few
leaves from those plants every time I visit. For some reason I like
plucking and eating in the same time frame. Delicious!
The cat lady tells me that those
blueish shoots are flowers, maybe Iris or something like that. I'm
hoping to enjoy the flowers.
The snow peas I planted are my first
failure. Seems like the birds wanted to eat them. People tell me
that if you want to succeed with that kind of plant you need to put a
tent over it or an old plastic bucket to keep them away. Next time I'll
do it that way.
The rose bushes are all starting to
wake up after their winter nap. You can barely see the little leaflets,
but they are showing.
The plot came with a fava bean crop
that had been ignored by the previous owner. I threw out most of the
plants before I knew what they were, but I left a patch for later. Then
one day I got around to that batch, and there were lots of beans on the
vines. It was kind of fun to separate the beans from the stalks and
pods. I ended up with a jar of the things. I also ended up with a bunch
of beans on the ground. People were saying good things about growing
fava beans as "green manure". What you do is grow them until just
before the beans start to grow, and the chop the plants down and mix
them into the soil. That adds a lot of nitrogen, which everything you
plant after that will love. So I've been watering the beans and moving
them around to make a nice bean patch. It's no work at all to make them