Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Pat's 792-square foot garden
Nevertheless, her little brick garden is full of vegetables, herbs and ornamentals in pots and raised beds, growing enough to supplement meals for herself and her husband while still leaving room for wide pathways and a place to sit and enjoy the garden. "You do have to choose," Pat says. She likes to try "one of everything" but even with lots of trellising and other vertical growing strategies, and careful choice of plants to suit the conditions, some space-hogging plants aren't on the list, and she often has to store a harvest in the fridge until there's enough to prepare.
The plants do need plenty of watering, but it's easy to keep track of any insect and disease problems. Deer (common in the neighborhood) don't jump the wall, but some small animals do get in. In the last year Pat has played host to a chipmunk that liked eggplant fruits, and a rabbit that likes eggplant foliage. Flea beetles are less of a problem!
Pat swears this combination of variegated sage, Pretty in Purple pepper, thyme, and Vardaman sweet potato was accidental. I think it looks great! The sweet potatoes are also grown in a fabric bag - which she hopes will accommodate the growing tubers!
(Photos by Sam Korper)