Community Garden Update

 

 

 

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One of the eggplants is blooming! I really didn’t think it would survive this long. I had wee lettuce transplants started for when the eggplants died and needed to have their withered corpses replaced by edibles, but it looks like the lettuce will just have to live in my backyard in a container. There are a bunch of other buds forming, too, on all four of the plants.

 

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The tomatoes are doing fabulously. The ones in this bed are a little further along than the ones in my backyard plot. I don’t know if that’s because they’re different varieties (Red Alert vs Sweet Million), or if it’s because the community garden bed is smack in the middle of a field and gets no shade ever unless the planet is in the way of the sun. Whatever it is, the Red Alerts are very happy plants. Lots of fruit, and lots more blooms still coming.

 

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The ground cherries also seem pretty happy. I’ve never seen one of these in action, so really have no idea how they’re supposed to behave. Mine have been very, veeeeery slow growers all season, but exploded once they got past about six inches tall. The seed packet said they spread 2-3 feet , and I didn’t believe it, and only planted them 1.5 feet apart. Because I’m in Newfoundland, and dammit, NOTHING grows as big as it’s supposed to here except for some reason zucchini. They’ve started shading each other. Hopefully they’ll just cope by growing upwards.

 

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The asparagus peas (which I have determined are impossible to photograph non-fuzzily) are another big surprise. I tried them out on a whim, but discovered post-planting that people have trouble growing them in temperate climates… They really do enjoy lots of sun and heat. One person from Ontario said they’d always failed when he tried them, except for one year when he was living in Jamaica. So there’s that. But they’re still alive, and some wee scarlet flowers have opened up.

 

We are having an unusually warm summer this year, and I’ve been trying to help along the warm-weather things by using my row covers as a greenhouse substitute. And, as I mentioned, there is no shade on that plot. I’m still surprised so many plants are not only alive, but possibly thriving. 

Geekery and starch

From right to left: The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, X-Wing Rogue Squadron: Blood and Honour, and Legends of the Ferengi.

Didn’t quite capture the texture of a TIE fighter wing panel, which is what I was hoping for, but that’s pretty hard to do in clay anyways. The leafy business on the Pathfinder rulebook is inspired by the marginal illustrations on every page in it, and the other cup is going to be glazed to resemble one of those Ferengi head thingies. (I love this project. It’s a lot of work and it’s taking forever to wrap up, but it lets me do things like watch Star Trek for art research purposes.)

Aaaaand because I was curious and impatient, I pulled up one of the potato plants in the backyard. Lo and behold, there were potatoes!

Beets!

Kestrel hybrid and chiogga beets, from the plot at the community garden. I’ve been eating the greens for a while, but wanted something rootier tonight, so I picked a half dozen that seemed big-ish.

I love the weird colour scheme on the inside. It’s everything I’d hoped it would be.

Greens!

I picked the first of the greens from my bed at the community garden today. Not enough for a salad yet, but enough to make an egg salad sandwich tastier. Some pearl lettuce, some simpson lettuce, a little purslane and some beet tops. Om nom nom nom.

In unrelated news, I fired a glaze kiln today. The City of God, by St. Augustine, is in there. I really hope it turns out well. I’m taking it and a few more medieval manuscript-inspired cups to a friend’s shed for gold luster firing[1] this weekend. Pics to come after the kiln is unloaded…

[1] Gold luster is pretty, but contains some highly toxic substances. I don’t really want to use it in a community studio, and to be honest, I don’t think the coordinator would want me to either.