Monday Plot Post: NSCG

All of these photos were taken in the month of June (with perhaps a sprinkle of late May), when I seemed not to have time to post much about my community garden plots. There are a ton of plants, and I'm starting to harvest a bunch of food.

To start off, let's talk about why it's important to remove a weed's roots. It might seem like just a small crown of a broad-leaf weed, but underneath, it has a thick 8 inches of root growth to keep the thing growing no matter how often you rip off the leaves. It's a losing battle for the gardener--so just dig it up!

The volunteer potatoes that I harvested last week bloomed in early June (I think).

The jalapeno is making fruit, too--I have a few more on here now, but I haven't harvested any yet.

'Akita' Dahlia is blooming, but it dries out so frequently that the blooms are constantly ragged. They are still pretty!

The volunteer purple shiso is looking delightful. It'll make a beautiful accompaniment to several dishes I have in mind. I might even make kimchi out of it.

The 'Concord' grape vine I got is being used by ants to farm aphids. I sprayed them all off with the hose at the end of June, and they don't seem to have returned.

So. Many. Beans. The pole beans here (middle and right) have been corralled by stakes and twine. I've provided them some twine attached to the trellis arch tunnel so they can grow vertically over to the wire fencing, too. Hopefully they'll leave my ground cherry, Hungarian wax pepper, cotton, peanut, and artichoke alone (they were crowding everything out, all floppin' around).

I thought cherry tomatoes were supposed to be cherry sized? These unripe black cherry tomatoes are totally golf-ball or bigger sized!

The corn is coming along. The stalks got bent over in the storm on June 30, but the ears don't mind. I've been told that corn just doesn't do well at the community garden. I don't disbelieve it--but I wonder why. My corn is only about 5.5 feet tall. I've grown taller corn in my living room. Perhaps it's a variety thing (the living-room corn was 'Bloody Butcher,' which gets pretty darn tall). I'm not sure I care enough about corn to experiment a ton, though.

Every week, I go at the hops vines to retrain their growth the way I want them to be--on the trellis, not scattered around willy-nilly. Photo courtesy of the beau's new camera.

The 'Teamaker' hops have been flowering for weeks; 'Nugget' just started. I think it's time to figure out what I'll be doing with them when I get a harvest!

When I returned from San Francisco, I found my pomegranate had fruited somehow.

A few days later, I found that something else had discovered that fact as well. The other day, all of the evidence had been removed by wildlife.

I got this passionflower from the DC Tropics plant swap. It's a cool vine and is growing up the trellis well. It didn't end up staying in a pot to be "controlled," however!

It also has these interesting little collars around where the leaf petiole meets the stem. This is also where the grasping tendrils pop out of.

Unfortunately, my first nasturtium blossom happens to be the location where a quartet of harlequin bugs were having an orgy. I'm not happy with that--but better on the nasturtium than on my more sensitive crops!

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4 Responses to Monday Plot Post: NSCG

  1. Fantastic garden and I can't get over the fact that you started all of it from seeds great job

    1. Thank you, Mia! I did start most of it from seed (except for the weeds!), or at least tubers (hops, dahlia, etc). The only thing I didn't start myself were the black cherry tomato (I ended up donating all of the ones I started myself for some reason!) and most of the fruit plants I have, which came as small cuttings or clumps that have exploded into growth in the past month.

      Imagine what this'll look like in Year 2!

  2. Your gargantuan weed looks like pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) to me. Good job getting it out of the ground! Unless you want to continue feeding the wildlife, you may need to get some bird netting. Please post a picture when your passionflower blooms. It's all lookin' good!


  3. Everything looks great!!!



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