It is hard to tell in this picture, but my two tomato plants in my new raised beds finally fell over. I put in these supports and as they grew large in size and toppled over they took the supports with them.
I will be looking for better solutions for next year but thankfully even though these tomato plants are not very easy on the eyes, they are still producing and taste delicious!
This week we had a fun outing to the fabulous New Children’s Museum located in downtown San Diego. They have a new exhibition called Feast: The art of playing with your food and their indoor spaces mostly revolve around this theme. It is clever and hip and just a lot of fun for little ones. For this exhibit they also have a chicken coup (hands off) and a garden located in the park just across the a street.
I took some pictures of the Garden Project. It is mostly comprised of raised beds, but is also really playful and fun!
I love this not only in its actuality, as it is beautifully done and cared for. But I also love the idea behind it. I love getting kids into connecting with where their food comes from and growing things in general. I love examples of urban and small space gardening and I adore how playful and practical the space.
I have a good friend who grew up in Sevilla where the city is littered with orange trees. She told me that the scent of them in heavy with their parfumerie in bloom and that it is not considered poor firm to pick an orange in passing. How cool is that?
I would love more food grown for people to enjoy where they live rather than growing it in far reaching and undisclosed places. Seeing this small slice of it makes my heart happy.
You can’t really see it but this short metal raised bed spells art and is filled with strawberries! Mmmm
How clever using bicycle wheels as a trellis!
I was lamenting the fact that my raised beds were not ready to plant a garden this year. I am missing fresh tomatoes! last year I picked cherry tomatoes off the vine and popped them in my mouth. My in-laws gave me a container that they were not using and told me to try planting late tomatoes. I’m not expecting g a bumper crop but even a few would make me happy.
Yesterday we planted it and watered it. My son was really excited about planting. I hope that I can pass this on to him.
This past weekend I flew up to Sacramento to celebrate my wonderful sister-in-law and the fact that she is about to have a baby. They live about a 30 minute drive from Sacramento up I-80 (notice I didn’t call it The 80? Your welcome Joey). It is a beautiful piece of property in the country filled with oak trees and large granite rocks. Even in the summer when all of the grass does and trims brown it is still charming.
My love of growing things can be credited with my dad who would often have a vegetable garden in the summer. He tried gardens a over the yard and he grew many different things. The past few years his crop was almost nothing. I think this was partly due to the location and mostly due to gophers. He said as soon as plants started taking off it was like they got sucked underground. That must be quite frustrating! I tried to convince him to use raised beds to garden and he finally did. You can’t really tell in the picture above but he has four skinny and long raised beds. He is getting a copious amount of produce that is delicious. He agrees that raised beds are so much easier and more rewarding then when he was trying to garden in the ground. This year has been much more rewarding. I’m excited for next year when I will have raised beds again.