I was visiting family in Toronto and Massachusetts for the past week, so no harvest from my garden. I did harvest lettuce (and more lettuce to bring home to NY) from my son-in-law’s garden.
Since I helped frame the raised bed last fall I decided to write a post about it so those with limited space can see how much can be harvested from a small plot and be encouraged to build a small garden.
The above photo is my daughter, Kathy, and son-in-law, Dan’s, 18′ x 18′ vegetable garden. They designed and built the garden together but Dan ended up doing the planting and maintenance. He is doing an excellent job and the small garden is very productive. It is very heartwarming to see young people interested in growing food for their table.
The beds were unframed raised beds and the soil kept getting washed away. Last fall I suggested they frame the beds and together we spent 2 days framing the 6 beds (2 long ones and 4 short ones). This spring Dan installed soaking hoses (red tubes in photo) in all 6 beds.
Left to right: Fordhook giant Swiss chard, lacinato kale, pepper (right back) and parsnips (right front)
Tomatoes (in cage) and nappa cabbages in the spaces between cages (very efficient use of space)
Behind the tomatoes is the asparagus bed
The 2 hanging disks are for chasing away the birds (maybe working for chipmunks too, Dan hasn’t seen any chipmunks in the garden so far this year)
Bed in front: green beans at both ends, yellow plum tomato in the middle. Second bed: lettuce and early girl tomatoes
More lettuce. The above is the Simpson Elite lettuce. A loose-leaf variety with light green curly leaves that resists heat. Dan is hoping this one (spring) sowing will continue to supply him with tender leaves the whole year (even through the summer heat). Currently, he harvests the outer leaves as needed and let the plant grow. I am looking forward to learning the results.
A different view of the garden
Also growing in the garden are: cucumber, celeriac and Chinese chives
Still harvesting lettuce (mine are all gone). Lettuce doing so well their neighbours are happy recipients. Bok choy, spinach, nappa and lettuce will be going into the soon to be vacant red leaf lettuce space
The garden also produced a very good harvest of Shanghai bok choy and spinach
Compost bins (3 black boxes on the other side of the garden fence)
They are into composting and recycling big time, a good thing. All garden beds are enriched with the compost
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