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Post  landarch on 7/11/2014, 2:11 pm

I apologize to anyone already glancing at my blog, but here are a few pics from the community garden last night.  I have one 4'x8' SFG box there within my 25'x25' plot and have convinced a few others to give it a try next year...they've also seen the veggies that have come out of that relatively small space (quality and quantity), as well as witnessed how little time I spend weeding.

I also did a small experiment and did some SFG-style grid plantings of green beans at the end of some typical garden rows...right in the ground without Mels Mix and no raised box.  I just picked 10 lbs of green beans last night...relatively no weeding and beats having to walk up and down long rows to pick.

Anyway, here are the pics.


Charleston Gray watermelon - growing



Crimson Sweet watermelon - growing






green tomatoes - not sure which Heirloom.



sunflowers (in the background you can see a row of potatoes dug recently from another plot).


evening's harvest - picked a few ripe tomatoes, 10lbs green beans, Japanese long eggplant, cucumbers...also picked dill for upcoming pickling as well as a few varities of summer squash.


Ripening purple/black heirloom...Black Krim or Carbon I think.


onions picked at the home SFG boxes...Texas sweet and Candy
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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/11/2014, 3:03 pm

Very nice, and I especially like how the colors POP! on your "sunflower" and "day's harvest" photos.

How many pounds of green beans do you figure you get per square foot, and what kind? I'm growing bush beans for the first time this year, and am not sure what to expect. When people say "prolific," I have no frame of reference.
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Post  landarch on 7/11/2014, 3:18 pm

I think I grew Blue Lake 274...I planted a 2x4 area pretty densely.  I planted later than normal and had so-so germination (since I don't get to the community garden every day I had to rely on timely rain), but once the beans that did germinate took off they went crazy...I think the nearby bee hives help a lot.  I still have more blossoms and baby beans coming on.  We have a scale nearby because sometimes we sell veggies to passers-by.

There is a simple "mini" setting on my camera (Sony Cybershot) that  cranks out some vivid pics with an interesting field of focus...often colors get washed out when taking pics in the sun or shade.  I also do a few other things to help with pics 1) wet veggies down when I can, 2) have an interesting setting - mowed lawn, stone wall, etc. 3) photograph the best of the best veggies, 4) crop the pic to add interest.
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Post  johnp on 7/11/2014, 3:48 pm

Not as far along as landarch but I have a start.

Last night Roasted carrots and beets with potatoes and onions.


Garlic haul all hard necks:


First of the season, shaky.


Peacevine cherry:


Grasshoppers devastating tomatillos, hope they make it: Wrong picture disreguard

The end: Very Happy 



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Post  southern gardener on 7/11/2014, 5:03 pm

gorgeous pics guys!! When I click on the "enlarge" button it doesn't enlarge anymore, it USED to make it really big?  anyone else?
That is a lot of garlic there too!

Thanks for sharing!! love to see other's gardens!!
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Post  sanderson on 7/12/2014, 3:35 am

Landarch, Great photos as usual, and everything looks so healthy. How long will the onions last you, or are some given away?

John, Nice harvest!  Very Happy  I'll ask the same question about your bountiful garlics: how long will they tide you over?
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Post  johnp on 7/12/2014, 9:51 am

I don't know. Last year I planted soft necks in about three quarters of a 4x4 box. They lasted all year but the last month they were really trying to grow. The hard necks were planted in the same space but they are a little smaller. I read that the hard necks don't last as long so this will be an experimental year.
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Post  landarch on 7/12/2014, 9:23 pm

I do salsa so they may not last that long...I've never tried storing.

We also eat a couple of cucumber recipes with onions...(one vinegar based and another sour cream based).
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