A Backyard Garden’s Beautiful Bounty
In March, we shared a post about a new community garden of sorts, organized by neighbors Catherine and Lauren. Back then, Catherine, Lauren and their team were hard at work constructing the raised beds, prepping the soil and organizing their planting and harvesting schedule in a detailed spreadsheet. We’re back today to show you the amazing transformation. To recap, here was the garden back in March:
And here it is today.
In past years, the garden extended only along the back fence, land that happens to be owned by the church next door. Catherine and Lauren had big plans to expand the garden — but wanted to do so legally — so they met with the leaders of the church and sought permission to use their land, which they whole-heartedly granted. Where there once was a grassy area between their back fences and the church parking lot is now home to more than 20 raised beds with all sorts of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.
Maintaining a garden of this size is a ton of work. Catherine’s dad, also a knowledgeable and experienced gardener, visits periodically to help out with weeding, pruning, harvesting and general troubleshooting.
There was lots to harvest the day I visited — carrots, tomatillos (you can tell the tomatillos are ripe when the skin bursts, I learned), lemon basil, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, green beans and more…
Though we are in the middle of summer harvest season, Catherine is also planning for the fall — this bed has the starts for butternut squash and other fall vegetables.
Catherine planted flowers throughout the garden for pest control, but also for aesthetics because who doesn’t enjoy fresh cut flower bouquets all summer long.
The bees certainly do.
If you’d like to see more of Catherine and Lauren’s garden, stay tuned for details about our upcoming Urban Farm Tour, scheduled for August 29. This will be one of the stops on the tour. Registration information is coming soon!