Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

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I added captions to give a better idea of what's what.

We're allowed to plant things in the ground, as our landlord is pretty happy about avid gardeners (our townhome apartments have in fact won some curb appeal awards, despite these gardens). Our front stoop is the only sunny spot, as our home is oriented north-south.

The lavender lures butterflies and pollinators by the time most of the edible plants start blooming, so they provide another benefit, besides being edible.

My neighbor to the left of the photo frame has French lavender, which isn't considered a culinary herb, English lavender on the other hand, can be used for syrups, herbal infusions, to perk up a Hollandaise, or in baked goods, just to name a few uses.

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Comment by Jennifer on May 13, 2013 at 3:02pm

"Despite these gardens"? Bah, humbug! You've surely proven (and, it sounds like, won your landlord over to the idea) that container and guerrilla gardening can be far from unsightly—more like beautiful and picturesque! Thanks for sharing this awesome reminder, Penny, that no space is too small!

Comment by Penny V. on May 13, 2013 at 6:25pm

Our landlord was into gardens and gardening way before we got here, they sold us on the property, as they were considering starting a community garden for tenants at the time we signed the lease. They didn't get the community garden project going yet, but tenants have been allowed to garden as much as they want in containers, as long as we're keeping escape routes free in case of fire. For us, that means a path the width of our front door being free.

Comment by Jennifer on May 14, 2013 at 9:18am

What an awesome landlord. And how lucky that he/she found folks like you who are thrilled to take him/her up on the pro-garden policy. Are there other folks onsite who participate?

Comment by Jennifer Fahy on May 14, 2013 at 10:03am

Do I see grapevines in containers? That works? How do you overwinter them? Cut them down and bring them in to the basement? Or just leave them outside? I guess those questions apply to the blueberries too! Thanks! Nice entryway!

Comment by Will Atkinson on May 14, 2013 at 10:28am

Great job! Hats off to the landlord for allowing the garden. I would imagine that gardeners in general make better tenants. If someone is going to take the time to nurture a garden it seems very unlikely that they would damage the rest of the property through neglect or malice.

Comment by Penny V. on May 14, 2013 at 2:11pm

Jennifer Fahy, I live in zone 7B, but with the location of our garden, we have a microclimate closer to 8A. I prune the blueberry a little every season, but my husband doesn't let me get to the grapes with pruners. We lost 2 feet of one vine all winter, with the pots exactly where they are. This is the second summer we've had our grapevines, and our third with the blueberry. I think the secret is, plant them into pots that are almost twice as big as you'd expect to need. The grapes and blueberries came in 1 gallon tubs from the nursery. Those green tubtrugs/tufftotes/similar are about 11-12 gallons, I can't remember the exact size, so the soil provides thermal mass to protect them against freezing. The blueberry is, I think, in a container of about 7 gallons, and is looking like it needs an upgrade this year.

Comment by Penny V. on August 27, 2019 at 2:54am
UPDATE! It's now 2019, and the same Chardonnays are trellised on our acreage in zone 8a/b (microclimates vary on the property) with some new friends we planted with them when we finally had the ground for them, and the same blueberry bush is planted next to some roses on the edge of my lawn. The chickens tend to get the berries before I do, BUT, all three plants are still alive. I still use the green containers, although they're now used to haul mulch, or chicken manure or weeds in my big garden. Also thriving is a rose I salvaged from the dumpster at that apartment one fall, still in its 5" nursery pot, because whomever had it through the summer thought it died. That rose bush is in a sunny spot on the south side of my house, and is about 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide, with hundreds of white roses all over it.

My goal for next year is to have 1/2 acre in crops. Not sure what yet, but I had a roaring success growing potatoes this summer, and I found out when I visited the State fair, that my pumpkins were better looking and larger than the blue ribbon pumpkins! I should really enter next year!
Comment by Penny V. on August 27, 2019 at 2:57am

That rose in the frame must be the one! It looks familiar. I can't believe it's been 6 years and 3 kids since then. These days my garden is so big I have to get on a small farm tractor to get "gardening" done.


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