Today was a most inspiring sort of day. A very exciting thing happened here in Seattle. Well, in West Seattle to be precise. It was the 1st Annual Edible Garden Tour organized by Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle. It was a day full of seeing and learning new things, exchanging information and anecdotes with other gardeners, getting refueled and revitalized.
On the tour there were well established gardens decades old and gardens in the making only months old. There was a garden in a reclaimed alley and a garden growing food in the shade. Several gardens donated produce to local food banks. One garden had an espaliered fig tree and another a Belgian fence. There were worms and chickens and mason bees, oh my!
We visited one well-established garden with a seasoned experienced gardener and one fairly new garden consisting almost completely of containers. At the well-established garden we saw in practice things that we have only just begun to explore in our own fairly new garden: a worm bin, succession planting, companion planting, permaculture beds. a hive for mason bees. The newer garden we visited was a wonderful example of what you can do in a small space. You can grow a jungle! At this garden we had the great pleasure of meeting fellow bloggers, the Shibaguyz. They garden on their 20x30 patio. And boy do they garden! I think I heard someone say they're growing 21 types of tomatoes. And that's not the half of it. There is a potato condo. What is a potato condo you ask? Check out their blog to find out.
When we got home we were all fired up to get back to our own garden. We found all manner of surprises waiting for us.
corno di toro
Beets and carrots and cabbage, oh my! And some garlic to go along with the shallots.