- Eddie’s Tower Comes Down – I was so sad to hear that Eddie’s Tower (aka The Tower of Toys) at the 6th Street & Avenue B Community Garden in New York’s East Village was torn down recently. I’d heard it was going and had been hoping to get there for one last look.
- Scotts: “Oops. Sorry, my Bad” – Scotts are in a bit of a tizzy with the EPA for selling products that were never registered. And the packages were printed with invalid numbers. Oh, and some packages contained inadequate safety instructions. It’s all just, you know, a “little bit” illegal. [Thanks Katherine]
- Food and Veggie Recipe Cards – 20 pack of brightly coloured recipe cards depicting food and veggies. I really wish I had the patience to use recipe cards.
- Women’s Garden Cycles Bike Tour – Three women traveled on bikes from D.C. to Montreal to document food gardens. Amazing!
It’s been a while now since our trip to Santiago de Cuba but I think I took this at Jardin Gran Piedre which is located in an old coffee plantation near the top of a mountain.
I got sidetracked in one of my Cuba photos folders this morning and put a few garden pictures up in my Flickr account. These are not “good” pictures so please don’t expect the kind of quality you see here. They are taken with a crappy little point and shoot digital I use for “documenting” things of interest that I couldn’t be bothered to take time with.
More Cuba photos: Anthurium | Cactus Cans | Euphorbia Fence | Shade House | Bromeliad | Cactus Garden | Tree of Tillandsia | Tillandsia Clusters | Agave | Giant Cactus on a Hill | Sugar Cane or King Grass | Flowering Aloe Vera | Tree Fern | Fresh Cacao | Screw PineLeave a comment
I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at this scene lately. Just standing still for minutes at a time staring into what is quickly becoming known as The Abyss. Staring and thinking. Thinking about where these plants will go. Thinking about which of these plants will have to be given away. Trying to keep in mind that there are other plants that haven’t even made it to the outdoor Staging Area/Holding Pen/The Abyss yet. And that those plants will also need a space to grow, live, flourish, make delicious eats.
Probably the biggest plant placement dilemma I am facing right now is finding a space for these ‘Painted Lady’ sweet pea seedlings I started in a moment of Hopeful Optimism/Garden Size Dysmorphic Syndrome. I have been staring at that cluster of seedlings all week hoping that the perfect place will magically appear by sheer force of will. Because that’s how it works right? Just like some kind of The Secret-like scheme, but for gardeners.
Gah! I just can’t let them go!Leave a comment
I planted this gooseberry bush in my community garden plot last fall. The bush was an impulse purchase, on sale at a local garden store at a price I couldn’t ignore. I hemmed and hawed at the store, uncertain about whether I wanted to commit permanent space to a small bush. And now that it is starting to produce tiny fruit I think that question is answered by my excitement in imagining future jars of jam. Now if we could just find the space for a black currant bush I’d be in jam heaven.Leave a comment
This was going to be a much better post wherein I was going to tell you all about the goings-on in my little community garden plot, however I started writing it ten days ago and then…. well… clearly that ball was dropped. But I didn’t want to leave it, stuck forever in the drafts folder with 20 other half-written posts that are so far past their due date that they will never see the light of day. Obviously much has changed in ten days but regardless, here’s what was happening just over a week ago.
Parkdale Community Beer Garden (facing north). My plot is the one to the forward right of the frame. The big leafy thing in front is my ever-expanding patch of white valerian (Valeriana officinalis). This is a gorgeous plant that grows to be taller than me producing massive sprays of fragrant white flowers. Some cats like valerian and go crazy for it like catnip. Mine does not so the only personal use I get from it are the flowers that I snip to put in vases on occasion. But the real reason I keep valerian in the garden is because the plant is known to be an immune system boost to the plants that live around it and it makes a good addition to the compost heap. It also attracts a lot of beneficial insects becoming a little microcosm onto itself by mid-summer.
My plot (facing west). I keep an assortment of perennial herbs in that corner leaning towards a mix of bright green and chartreuse plants. I added some black pansies to the mix this year which made a nice colour combination.
Most of plot (view facing north)
Harvested that day. Lots of herbs, onions, and garlic mustard roots (later made into horseradish).
The mint corner. They’re coming up strong including last year’s over-priced purchase, Mojito mint. This is one of the mints I intend to propagate this year. They say growing an assortment of mints together is a bad idea as it can dilute the quality of each variety over time. But I’ve only got so much space and there are too many interesting mint varieties to grow so what can one do except break some rules.
Pansies amongst the onions. I’ve got violas and pansies all over the place as spots of colour until the self-seeding calendula, borage and other edible flowers mature.
The sage corner. I’ve got 4 different varieties living here. I think we’re pretty much set for sage into the next millennium. Since I took this picture the plants have EXPLODED with buds forming that will soon bring that corner alive with colour. Thankfully there are lots of interesting things to be done with sage and it dries very well. Here’s a yummy sage and walnut pesto recipe. I’m also growing white sage on the roof.
The onion sets I planted 2 weeks prior are already growing. How’s that for fast service?Leave a comment