It’s been quite exciting, watching new planter boxes go up all around me. For a couple of weeks it seemed every day’s dog-walk yielded a new development. Then came the plants, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, strawberries, lettuces, kale…no wonder I’d come home hungry. Now that we’re almost in June (!) things are starting to settle down and I’m having fun watching things grow…
This hell-strip garden, planted in the square-foot-gardening model, was one of the first in the ‘hood and has been around for a few years now. It’s designed, planted, and maintained by a young family. I was skeptical at first, with all they have going on, that they’d keep up with it but they have.
I wonder if these boxes were built from a kit? I like the notched corner detail, and the marigolds add a colorful touch. Were they planted to attract pollinators or ward of slugs? (I’ve heard the latter doesn’t work so well…)
This huge planting has me thinking there will surely be more than the gardener alone could possibly use. Will she donate the extra to the local food bank? There’s a program here in Portland (and possibly where you live too), a partnership of sorts between the Food Bank and the Garden Writer’s Association, it’s called Plant a Row.
Stylistically this one is my hands down favorite of the lot. Of course the black paint job and huge Musa basjoo don’t hurt!
In another garden I admired their pea cage. I’ve always just used tomato cages, since their seasons don’t really over lap much. This one could easily be fashioned from wire fencing bought at the hardware store.
These planters were recently built along the side of a condominium building. For many years I watched the residents growing amazing crops in huge pots in their courtyard. I’m excited for them to see what these dedicated planters can produce.
These radishes called out to be plucked from the soil and enjoyed! That’s something I admire about those growing their food in public spaces. Somebody could come along and wipe it all out, but they do it anyway. Gardening in the public eye starts a conversation, often times between strangers. Sometimes just in the head of a passer-by.
Finally, this two-step planter was squeezed into the edge of an already exuberant garden. The existing plantings are the work of prior residents. The new owners are maintaining them, but I wonder if they don’t think of removing them all in favor of more food?
Oh and I would be remiss not to include a nod to Ivette Soler and her book The Edible Front Yard. She looks at growing edibles as a beautiful edition to your garden. They don’t have to stand alone, they can be integrated into your overall garden design. It’s a book worth checking out.
Finally, some of what I’m planting in my drive-way veggie garden: