What’s Growing on in the Red Boxes

After a lifetime of huge, rambling-and sometimes overwhelming-country gardens I am embracing my first year of community gardening. I am so grateful for the loan of these four red rental boxes. I can’t even tell you what they mean to me.  I saw a quote attributed to Doug Green that read “I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.” Amen to that.

This is what the red boxes looked like when I first spotted them back in April…

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And then a little later after topping them up with compost, adding some stakes for the pea and bean fencing and doing a little early seeding and transplanting…

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Crisscrossed with shallots, red and yellow onions and garlic, it isn’t exactly square foot gardening but it’s close. Crammed gardening…that’s what it is! And yes those are potatoes in tomato cages. I circled them with early peas and am planning to wrap string around the cages for the peas to climb and then harvest and remove them before the potatoes are ready. Not sure how that will work. The potatoes may be starved for light and no doubt it will be a challenge to hill them. I plan on just sprinkling mulch on top to avoid any green potatoes. We’ll see…

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And here is a picture of a red box taken just over a week ago. Over the last month we have had snow, rain, frost, couple days of 27 C weather and then more rain. There is nothing like the determination and resiliency of a plant to keep growing forward! We should all be so tough and resilient.

So many lessons to be learned from a garden. It’s so much more than just kale.

 

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1 of 10 Gardens on the 2013 Dawson Creek Garden Tour

Barbara and David Peachey have a big family and a big vegetable garden to match. The Baytree residents offered up their garden for viewing on the 2013 Dawson Creek & District Horticultural Society’s Annual Garden Tour & Tea.

Barbara was as warm and welcoming as her abundant field (patch seems like too small of a word to describe it) of vegetables. She pointed out areas that belonged to specific children and grandchildren. I suspect there will be many more Peachey gardeners to come! The garden also had beautiful flowers planted for both enjoyment and to attract beneficial insects.

Here are a couple glimpses of the garden…

Rows of feathery topped carrots

Rows of feathery topped carrots

Lots of perfectly staked peas

Lots of perfectly staked peas

Strawberries and potatoes...

Strawberries and potatoes…

Maltese cross, monkshood and rhubarb...all staples of Peace Country gardens and deservedly so

Maltese cross, monkshood and rhubarb…all staples of Peace Country gardens and deservedly so