Yesterday we volunteered at a community garden. They also practice aquaponics- fish supporting crops that help the fish. 

This is a test-rig for a system designed to help Haiti. It used rubble for a medium in which to hold plants which are fed by water in which live tailapia. 

Cool!

Yesterday we volunteered at a community garden. They also practice aquaponics- fish supporting crops that help the fish.

This is a test-rig for a system designed to help Haiti. It used rubble for a medium in which to hold plants which are fed by water in which live tailapia.

Cool!

Last fall’s garden made it onto Google Earth.

Last fall’s garden made it onto Google Earth.

Another large bounty from the garden. But this time I’ve learned my lesson: don’t try and make tomato save from scratch.

Another large bounty from the garden. But this time I’ve learned my lesson: don’t try and make tomato save from scratch.

Picked a couple tomatoes today. And green beans. And poblano peppers. And…

Picked a couple tomatoes today. And green beans. And poblano peppers. And…

This isn’t my garden, but some friends of my parents. He’s producing more tomatoes with less area than I am, even by using pots. He’s also using fertilizer, but I’m not.

What’s really cool us his idea of how to support his tomato plants: he drives a series long poles a foot into the ground and ties a string between them. As the plant grows he adds a new level of string to support the plant. In this case his tomato plants have outgrown his poles.

This is a much better idea than tomato cages. I want tondo this next year.

Fourth of July Bounty

Beautiful range of colors in the garden on this gorgeous day. Featuring: grape/Roma tomatoes, bell peppers, poblano peppers, heirloom black-top tomatoes (which taste amazing), cherry tomatoes and the largest yellow tomatoes I’ve ever seen.

First-fruits: zucchini. 

The big one was hidden under the plant. It has already been sacrificed to a loaf of bread (which is in the oven).

First-fruits: zucchini.

The big one was hidden under the plant. It has already been sacrificed to a loaf of bread (which is in the oven).

Firstfruits.
Had to put the cages on the tomato plants today- they’re growing strong and even have a couple fruits already. The zucchini is taking over the garden now. Those experimental mini bell peppers have sprouted and so have the bush beans. I even have a few mystery plants that are the result of my compost- who knows what they will produce.

These mulberries aren’t from my garden. They’re from Laura’s place. 

They also make a great purple dye.

These mulberries aren’t from my garden. They’re from Laura’s place.

They also make a great purple dye.