Monday, August 4, 2014

Dateline Waverly: Fred Wins Tomatoes

No one ever needs to grow tomatoes again.  Fred won.

I was talking to him and he said the tomatoes were 7 feet tall and I said that sounded like BS.  I'd have to see a picture.

Well folks, here it is:

Those are some tall tomatoes.  No word on how much stock he has in any particular fertilizer or gmo company.

Pam did the photography so we can be sure that she planned the tomato leaf in his eye.

What is in front?  GIANT chard?  Mammoth spinach?

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Local Garlic Harvest

Apparently this garden blog thing is a hit.  I got unsolicited photos of an amazing garlic harvest at a friend's garden.

OK, I have NO IDEA why the photos insist on going in upside down.  I think our gardener is a trickster.  I got one to turn rightside up, but then the other two just aren't having it.  I artfully arranged them so hopefully you won't notice.

If you're seeing this blog on a laptop, then just turn your computer over for a more satisfying experience.

The POINT is that Erika grew a ton of amazing garlic.  She even braided the soft neck varieties.  

 I'm in awe of her allium skills.

See if you can spot the photo bomb.   (Also...great gams Erika!)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Roof Top Garden in Denver

A friend was visiting his friend and sent photos of that friend friend's garden.  This is on a roof in downtown Denver and is pretty darn amazing!  

Here is a view of lovely flowers with  a bit of cityscape:

Followed by a closeup of tomatoes with what appears to be a parking garage int he background .


Check out those wee yellow tomatoes!

 The gardener hard at work and dwarfed by a humungous pot that looks to have dill, tomatoes and what might be squash btu I'm not at all sure

And a stunning pepper

And finally a still life I call "gardener and HVAC"

Pretty astounding what sort of productivity she's getting here.  I would think all that black roof space would cook the plants right on the vine!  (Note to self:  Send a solar cooker.)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yeay Craigslist!

Just a short entry today.   As we all know I'm downsizing a bit.   I needed to sell my awesome but huge tricycle.  Yes, tricycle.

I posted it on craigslist a few days ago and just now met a woman and she bought it.  Our negotiations went like this: 
Her:  What's your lowest price?
Me:   What's your highest offer?
Her:  (she says something 50$ more than I figured my lowest price would be)
Me: All right.  

We were like shrewed skilled traders...or like two older women who had done lots of research and knew what was reasonable.   Hope she enjoys it!  I did.

There it is in all it's glory.   She'd called around clearly and talked to the guy who had done some maintenance on it. 

Here's hoping the price I got covers most of the brake job I'm getting on the Subaru tomorrow. 

I'm thinking I may sell the electric lawn mower on craigslist too. That's where I got it last year.  I'll add the heavy duty electrical cord and see what I can get for it. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Very Wee Garden

Here is another friend's garden.  She lives in an apartment that is the main floor of an older house.  The only restriction on use of the yard is "no eyesore"...hmmm.  Thus she's proceeding with care.  Since there is another apartment in the house and they get to use the house too, best to be polite.  The yard is also quite small.

She's gone with a container garden.

Here's an overview photo:

 The black thingy in the background will eventually be a water feature and sunk in the ground.  She's been here barely a month.  Things are proceeding quickly.

Making good use of the back steps.  I think that's a lemon tree on the top step.  It will be inside in winter.

 A tomato!

 And more tomato plants!  Pretty impressive.  I like the tiny flowers on the left.  They look big given the small size of the garden.

The whole thing is on the east side of the house.  This is fine given the intensity of the sun around here in the summer.  The fence on the north side of the lawn, about 5 feet from the garden, and the protection of the house to the west, will probably extend the season a bit after a frost will have hit bigger gardens that are more exposed.  And of course with containers one had the option of bringing the plants into the house on frosty nights.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Medicine Wheel Garden

This isn't my garden.  It is at the house of some friends.  It's lovely.

It's built around the compass and each quadrant is based on a color.  I may have the colors wrong and will edit after the gardener corrects me.

White, yellow, red, purple/blue.   A lovely tree is in the center and a ring of rocks defines the edge.  I have to admit that being Princess Practical, when I first saw the design as it's going in I thought "you can't put a garden under a tree!"  That thought was immediately followed by "says who?"    The 2nd thought was the correct one.  You can put a garden wherever you want.

 Here it is with the rocks and a few baby plants.

And here it is this morning.  You can see the added mulch of wood shavings which looks great.  It has a substrate of cardboard and paper.  I'm stealing the idea for the area around my camper I think. 

A bit of the "yellow" quadrant featuring a calendula plant.  I've never gotten calendula to grow at all so I'm impressed.

A bit of the white quadrant

Red quadrant (poorly centered)

 More lovely plants.  I like the mix.  Mostly herbs and whatnot with decorative grasses.

 Bit of art near the center.

It's really lovely.  I find it fascinating that a mullein, with yellow flowers, planted itself in the yellow quadrant.  

The garden follows most of the principles I just read about in Sepp Holzer's book on permaculture.  Trees, rocks, mulch, microclimates.  This tiny garden has it all going on.