|A is for Apple Tree. |
We have two at our house, planted in the Spring of 2014. They've not yet produced fruit, but have filled out and look lovely this year. I wish I could say the same about the apricot and plum tree, but, alas, the deer like them too well so they are more spindly looking.
|B is for Bok Choy.|
Bok choy were the first greens we harvested this year. They're so quick and easy to grow and we use them in loads of ways in the kitchen from grilled to smoothies.
|C is for Currants.|
The currant bush is simply loaded this year. We're going to make jelly, provided there is enough fruit.
|D is for the Double Compost Pile.|
Matt usually has one big compost pile going. We've got two at the moment. We've been calling it "stormpost" as it was made with the abundance of fallen green leaves after that hail storm we had. Hey, at least we found the silver lining. We're going to have way more compost than normal on account of all that stormpost. Since we use up compost faster than we can make it that was a nice way to turn life's lemons into lemonade.
|E is for Eggplant.|
I really prefer the longer, skinnier Asian-style eggplants to those big, fat, Italian honker. They have a better texture by far, I think.
|H is for Harvesting the Bounty.|
So far we've harvested boy choy, spinach, scapes, parsley, and some flowers (for bouquets). The strawberries are just starting to redden up so I think they will be next.
|I is for Irises.|
These deep purple (and in my opinion,abnormally skinny) irises are just stunning. They came with the house. I've added some other irises, but they never bloom as early or with as much beauty.
|K is for Kitchen Sink Turned Garden Sink.|
Matt built a Garden Sink over the winter of 2013-2014. He took a regular ol' kitchen sink (purchased at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore) and some discarded lumber (from our friend Chelsey) and made us a great workspace and tool for keeping the garden soil out in the garden where it belongs. We use it all the time. It was a great creation--though the counter is starting to get a little warped and we should probably have put some finish on the wood.
|N is for our Neighbor's Yard.|
In the way that Matt and I are crazy vegetable gardener people our neighbor is a crazy flower gardener. Her yard dazzles and inspires me. So many colors and shapes all season long.
|P is for Potatoes.|
We grow a lot of potatoes. This is only one of our potato patches, in fact. We devote much of our plot at the community garden to potatoes, too. We eat potatoes just about every day. They are so versatile and filling, not to mention tremendously easy to grow! We've got several varieties including my beloved All Blues (which are really purple, if you ask me). We're even giving fingerlings another go this year. They are SO tasty, but are much more of a hassle to harvest and wash since they're so small.
|Q is for the Queen of the Garden.|
I mean, what else would we call her? Its basically her yard now and she just allows us to tend it for her. In this photo she is sitting on the picnic table surveying her kingdom.
|T is for Tomatillo.|
We only put in two tomatillo plants this year. They are especially great in chili and salsa, I think. I also find them to be striking plants, what with those two-toned blossoms and all.
|W is for Weeds.|
Pulling weeds and (non-herbicide) gardening...they sure go together. There is little avoiding that.