Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Amazing Garden Realizations

This year, we're putting a lot more effort into our garden.  It really shows - we have over FORTY edible species in 1/20 of an acre. I can't imagine how much food we'd be able to grow on a whole acre!  Given this realization, I wanted to take stock of the plants (edible, medicinal, or ornamental) that are up and growing right now, not including things planted but not sprouted.

June-Bearing Strawberries

 Solomon's Seal

 American Holly


 Ostrich Fern




 Lemon Thyme



Greek Oregano

Plantain (Good for bug bites)
 Hostas (Did you know they're edible?!)
 Sempervivium (Hens and Chicks)

Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus
Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes)


 Soon to be Royalty Purple Pod Beans

 Snap Peas

 Alabama Crimson Trumpet Honeysuckle


 Celery and Corn Salad (Macha)

 Mr. Stripey Tomato and Marigold

 San Marzano Paste Tomatoes

 Purple Potatoes


 Stinging Nettle



 Mister Lincoln Rose

 Crones (back) and Culinary Dandelions (front)


 Black Chokeberry

 Blueberry (Patriot)

 Blueberry (Jersey)




Ever-Bearing Strawberries
 Mint (Spearmint, Peppermint, Chocolate, and Pineapple)

 Our Little Backyard

Our first non-greens harvest of the year!


  1. I really admire your garden! We are finally getting one put in this weekend and next. I can't wait to have space to grow (almost) anything I want! What are your favorite things to grow? I'm looking for ideas to fill up my space.

  2. Thank you! I would recommend trying to find plants/varieties that are native to your area. They require less effort and resources. *B* and I are also into permaculture (perennials that yield edible crops).

    Sunchokes are practically impossible to get rid of. That small bed - 2 ft by 3 ft or so - yields 40+ pounds of tubers each year. I love june-bearing strawberries because we get a great crop all at once for freezing, jam, and strawberry shortcakes. It might be a little late now depending on your climate, but another one of my favorites is snap peas. They have great yields for about 3 weeks per plant. You can do succession planting to extend the harvest season. And in the fall, I LOVE lancinato kale. It persists through the winter well. Last one (I promise) is radishes. But don't eat the root like most people do. The seed pods are edible (and amazingly tasty). You'll get a much bigger yield per plant.