Saturday, June 15, 2019

Baby Tendril

Here is a picture of a baby tendril from one of my new Carosello Cucumbers vines. Often the ability of these cucumbers to adapt is quite amazing.



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Spring Garden Visits

Before the end of the school year, I appreciated some small gardens at local schools and neighbors. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did.

The first garden is located in the middle of the school grounds. The halls of the school go around it on 3 sides. As staff and students walk around the halls, they can see the garden in the middle. For me, walking by the garden is quite a rejuvenating experience.


Flowering Fava Beans



Onion Flower



Borage



Borage and Nasturtium



Orange Nasturtiums



Sprouting Cauliflower with Aphids



More sprouting Cauliflower



Interesting shape of the Cauliflower as it blossoms



One last look



A bed of onions.



Peas



Black eyed Susan?



Favas with seed pods.




A close look at the fava beans




This bean is sideways - or is it a sideways picture?



Fava beans are prolific!



Another look at the prolific fava beans




One last last fava picture



These strawberry plants are doing quite well.




A closer look at some mouth-watering strawberries




I'm resisting the urge to pick these



One last look at the strawberry plants



The second garden is located on the west side of a school, near the younger grades. There are plenty of interesting things to see here as well.




An assortment of winter vegetables



Flowering Kale




Swiss Chard anyone?



The sign says it all.



Potato Plants



Flowering Carrots



Another bed of assorted veggies.



Some sweet pea flowers



Some radishes



Some kind of celery plant sprouting up from the roots.



Another celery plant sprouting up from the walkway



Celery again.



Celery and assorted veggies.



Swiss Chard and other veggies.



Cale and flowering parsley or fennel



Chard



Now the strawberry patch is being infested by the celery.



Some strawberries are growing.



Ripening strawberries



One last look at this garden




Not all gardens are kept up. Here is one that could really use a little more attention.

















A neighbor of mine always has a very well planned-out garden. Here are some pictures from his front yard.




Zucchini of some sort.



The color is just exceptional.



The zucchini continues to grow.




My neighbor's tomato plants.




Some wildflowers in a lawn in the front of a school.


Things are not always as they seem. In the next garden I was really impressed with the beautiful color of the lettuce pictured here. However, once I tasted one of the leaves, I regretted my decision. This variety is apparently very sensitive to the heat and becomes very bitter.









A mix of spinach, lettuce and carrots



As you walk around your neighborhood, I hope that you will be able to encounter some beautiful gardens like these. Even if we are not enthusiastic about getting our hands dirty in the soil, vegetable gardening is good for all of us in so many ways.


 

One last look at the purple kale from the second school garden