Cilantro




Cranberry


These went in this year and are expected to take several years to mature/produce.


They make beautiful ground cover. There were six planted this season.



Pepper



Pepper varieties were planted in the newly opened side plot that is slightly on the neigbor's property - with permission and perks, of course.

These were planted alongside various tomatoes. This plot also included a section for mustard, and a couple zucchini plants as well. You can see in some of the images, salt hay was used for mulch. Salt hay is washed up marsh hay from the ocean, and often contains lots of crab shells and other various sea creature remains. Salt hay is an awesome resource because it's rich and free...
Also planted with these are marigolds for pest control and zinias for mom.


Above: The sauce recipes involve smoking the vegetables with apple wood. Everything is then blended and reduced on the stovetop, named for the season's efforts and then canned..

Left: the hot pepper varieties are blended with garlic and fermented into delicious hot sauce.
(or, at least the tell me it's delicious, but it's too much hot for me)



Grapes

The concord grapes were planted about three years ago and yield an abundance of grapes. They are generally used for grape juice.



HorseRadish



Mint



Flowers


Images 2017



Potato


Matty didn't plant potatoes this year, but we had a couple vulunteers.


To my knowledge, he didn't go looking for any potatoes, so they may still be in the ground, even now....




Zucchini


Images 2017



Beans and Peas







Pea pods are planted along the fence of the upper main plot.


The beans and pea varieties are climbing tendrils that are trained up the fence.


This variety has a delicious pod that is edible. You can eat the whole thing, right off the vine. yummy! 2017


These were 17 cup containers. We filled them daily for a couple weeks.


Black beans dried on the vine and harvested from the dry husk. 2017


Edmame beans! 2017


Edmame beans! 2017


The back plot is the wetest


and it is planted to black beans and edmame beans


along the fence and interspersed through the corn rows.


2017


Black beans on the fence of the upper main plot.


Black eyed peas


planted up against the front steps to the house. :)



Fennel



Tomatoes


Images 2017



Pumpkins


Pumpkins take up massive real estate and often have trouble with pests.


But, they are fun, stunningly beautiful and make a lot of food - if you like pumpkin stuff...



Sunflowers


Images 2017



Celery




Asparagus


This is what asparagus starts look like.



Rye


Images 2017



Strawberries


Images 2017



Basil



Carrots



Mustard




The mustard plant produces tiny little seeds that dry in the pod and can be shucked and ground into mustard sauce with a few simple ingredients. It was planted on the side plot, the newly opened plot in 2017, and was planted with tomatoes, pepper varieties and zucchini.




The side plot that was opened this year was done with the permission of the neighbor, who owns a section of that strip of land. Part of urban farming involves being good to people, and working with them for the good of all.



Onion



Onions were planted all over the place. Mostly in the upper and lower main plots...



Dill


This is the upper main plot prepared for planting.


Dill was freely dispersed and allowed to grow wherever it came up.



Garlic


Farmer Matty!


Garlic was planted in a small patch


in the lower main plot.


Garlic scapes are as flavorful as the garlic cloves


and were harvested


for a great garlic pesto.





Peanuts


Peanut seeds germinating indoors because our growing season is too short for them. February 2017


Unfortunately, these seed peat pellets molded within a week of their planting and will need to be discarded. March 2, 2017


These did very well in the aquaponics system for germination.


Unfortunately, they didn't acclimate to the sun well. It might have helped if they were gradually hardened off to the outdoors.



Salad Greens


Salad greens were mostly planted in the upper main plot.


Butter lettuce


Carrots, spinach and red lettuce


Scallions


Scallions



Corn


Corn is planted in the back plot, where it is the wetest soil. It is accompanied by black beans and edmame beans as well as celery.



Beans are planted with the corn. 2017



Hops


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First wave of harvest... August 29, 2017


August 29, 2017


...in the dehydrator


One oz. ea.




Food Production


Images 2017



Compost and Water Catchment


Images 2017



Weird Bugs and Things...


Found this lady hanging around the coldframe. She posed for pics for awhile. 2017


Praying Mantis. 2017


These were clumps of weird bugs. 2017


I believe they developed into the infamous stink bug invasion of 2017.


They went on to swarm all of the homes in the region, sneaking in through air conditioner vents.


These look like Western Conifer Seed Bugs?



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