As apartment dwellers, we are extremely lucky to have two garden plots. Our first garden is a city-run community garden a mile or two from our house. In the city-garden (which gets more sun) we’ve planted patient fruit-bearing plants like tomatoes, eggplant, and cucumbers.
But this year we got our second community garden plot, one right outside our front door. In this apartment-garden we’ve planted snip-friendly veggies like lettuces and perennial herbs and a few fruiting plants and flowers (for some extra joy when we walk out the door).
Sketches for gardens I made in the spring (using GoodNotes for iPad)
So today I’m offering a hasty tour of this second garden, the apartment-garden. I’m currently on the road, but just before I left I snapped some pictures of our plants.
So far this summer, this has been the superstar of the garden. The quinoa has taken really well to the soil and are 5 feet tall and very sturdy. I didn’t know you could grow quinoa in Oregon, but I am interested in locally sourced quinoa because the current N. American demand for it is causing stress in Andean local agriculture. (For an expanded take on this ongoing issue, also see this article). It’s a dramatic plant at the back of our plot that is making some much needed shade for some lettuce seedlings.
I am away from both gardens for the next 2.5 weeks. I miss gardening dreadfully already, although it has been nice to have clean fingernails today. Hopefully I’ll give a garden tour of the city-garden when I get back