14 July 2016

Badger Prairie Community Garden in midsummer

For a view of the gardens in spring, see my previous post in May.  Here's how some of the plots look now.  There are as many ways to garden as there are gardeners:

My own plot has met with what might charitably be called "mixed success."  On the back row the "Flint corn" ("Indian corn") has tasseled.  Underneath the corn I interplanted squash in the style of Native Americans.  It is growing vigorously, so I'm going to have to do something to keep it out of my neighbor's plot.

On the next row in, the dill is up nicely, but the other half of the row was fennel, and it never germinated; I've just replanted some, rather late in the season.  The carrots in the next row are doing well, but in the row proximal to that the parsley is having trouble competing with native weeds.  The tomatoes (outside the image) have been cropped on top by passing deer who probably laughed at the feeble fence (and they nipped some of the carrot tops for dessert).

No sign yet of Black Swallowtail eggs or caterpillars on the dill, carrots, or parsley.


  1. That's lovely. We have P-Patches all over Seattle (http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/p-patch-community-gardening/p-patch-map) but the waiting list for a plot can be several years. We like to wander through and see what's growing, because Seattle's weather is perfect for nearly everything. Our nearby patch has some old concord grape vines, which smell wonderful when the grapes ripen in late summer.

  2. it is probably just as interesting to just walk through to see what is being grown as it is to grow something there.



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