My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Garden Tour

Front yard path
Things are really moving along here so I thought I would give you a bit of an update.

Here's the front yard path, oreganos in the pots, sweet peas on the arch, the red farther down are oriental poppies. The tall tree, right mid ground is the apple in the driveway bed. The tree on the left in the back ground is a self sown elderberry which is blooming. Remember you can click on any picture to see it bigger.

Bonanza Dwarf peaches

The little Bonanza peach tree has a good fruit set.

Salad Bowl Lettuce

The patch of Salad Bowl lettuce in the shady front yard bed is about big enough to start picking.

Granada, the $2 rose
The Granada rose that I got for $2 last fall has some buds showing. It is dwarfed by the bearded iris and green onion going to seed.

pink rose
This big pink rose grows at the end of the path in the first picture. I don't remember it's name, I'll have to check my garden book. It has some fragrance, but not that much.

potato bed

Here's the potato bed out front that I planted in March. I gave the bed a good soaking yesterday and mulched it with some straw. I'll have to buy another bale this week to finish up.

potted potatoes

Out back on the patio the potted potatoes are doing well.

Currant Tomato

I potted up a Currant tomato into this planter and gave the very last plant to my sister when she came to visit yesterday. Do you recognize what the support is?

Princepe Borghese, green tomatoes

Also on the patio the other tomatoes are growing like crazy, the little Princepes are loaded with green fruit.

Potted Peppers

I moved the pepper plants on up to one gallon pots yesterday.

Back yard garden

Here's an over view of the back yard garden. You can see the greenhouse on the left. On the fence left of the gate is the Fuji apple I planted this year. On the right side is a Grimes Golden planted in 2009. The beds down the left side from front to back, Red Pontiac potatoes, three sisters, lettuce and turnips, then bolting lettuce. On the right, bolting lettuce, tomatoes, onion and parsnip, brassicas. Going across most of the back are the Mammoth Melting peas and behind them, the bean trellis.

Red Pontiac potatoes planted in January
Three sisters, the beans aren't up yet
Bolting parsnips
tomato bed 8 Amish Paste

bolting lettuce, chard, red amaranth

Mammoth Melting Peas
Greenhouse, cantaloupe, nasturtiums, chard

Epazote and purple petunia

This Epazote and purple petunia volunteered in a pot of lettuce.

The red mustard is flowering
beans and cantaloupe in the coldframe

Purple bean flowers
Red root pigweed, a wild amaranth

With the warmer weather comes a new edible weed, red root pigweed, a type of amaranth. The small leaves are good in salad and when they are bigger, as cooked greens. In good soil with extra water it will go to 6-8 feet.

Lamb's Quarters

Lambs Quarters is another edible weed, used the same as the pigweed. Where it grows in drier poorer soil its a bit tough so I cut those for the rabbits.


  1. Hi, I love your front yard path!! I see you mulched your potatoes with straw. Is that the same as hilling? No, I can't guess what the tomato support is! What is it? You potted up your pepper plants to one gallong pots. Will they have to be put into larger pots yet? How can I tell how may gallon a pot as the only thing I know is measuring the depth and width and that doesn't tell me how many gallons!! Thanks for your help. Thins are looking good at your house! Nancy at Cozy Thyme Cottage

  2. Thanks Nancy. Hilling potatoes is usually done when they are grown in rows with a wide space between rows; then you draw dirt from the middle up around the stems of the plants. I already plant my potatoes about 9" deep so usually just put on a mulch to conserve water. Yes the peppers will go either into the ground or into larger pots. I call them one gallons; they are the black nursery pots that you often buy shrubs in. I'm not sure if today they actually hold a gallon... seems everything is smaller and costs more nowadays. You can questimate by comparing the size of the pot with the size of a container of known volume, like a gallon milk jug or a large food can.