Tuesday, August 28, 2007

today in the garden

No matter how late the start, a garden in August means bounty. Harvesting has begun: Mel took a couple of quarts of green and yellow wax beans over to "Lou", our water angel who lives (and gardens) across the street, and I took home some beautiful radishes and swiss chard (see the photo below). I hope Phil put the lettuce in some icy water to revive it, although he is going out to dinner this evening. He has enough for salad for a week!
Mel, I'm sorry I never get your photo. (He really is there every week working, come rain or shine.) And Sharron, I thought your picture turned out well!
By the way, last week we canvassed the neighborhood and got to meet some of the neighbors, inviting them to pick, weed, water, and come to our get together next week.
I think by the looks of the tomato plants and the peppers that they were the big winner with the neighbors, judging by the lack of ripened fruit. I pinched the basil and cut off some over-ripened okra, and there was a lot of beans, chard and lettuce that could have been harvested.
Phil discovered a tiny cucumber today, and we've all had a taste of the stevia, lettuces, cherry tomatoes of various varieties, and 'Mariachi' peppers. I am personally looking forward to the eggplant and tomatillos. I think Sharron is rooting for some sunflowers. And the corn is tasseling, and the runner beans are twining.
It is, as Phil dreamed it, a beautiful garden. Veggies can be beautiful. We are learning as we go, because as you all know Rome wasn't built in a day. But it is amazing what a small group of volunteer gardeners can do in a short amount of time.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It is happening in Detroit

Here is a link to my gathering of information concerning the Detroit Agriculture Network's Annual Tour of Urban Farms and Gardens. Inspiration for our little band of urban vegetable plotters!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

August 14 Work Bee

Weeding and watering... and sprucing up the grounds.

Phil and Helen enjoy a moment.

planting day photos

Phil and Sharron


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wow! It's looking great. I haven't been by in a couple of weeks and it looks like things just popped. Fantastic work everyone!

Thursday 8-9-07 Workday

These are my most recent pictures of the garden. They make for a nice before and after contrast of all the great work that has gone into the project. Thanks everyone!

The beginning

Hi everyone,

I decided to try a blog for the Beautiful Vegetable Garden designed by Phil and built by so much cooperation and hard work by you all! This way, I thought it might be easier to post pictures and keep them all together almost like a photo album. Here's what we started with at the corner of Home and Chestnut (310 W. Home Ave.)