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 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)


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




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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....


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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.


Black beans on the fence of the upper main plot.

Black eyed peas

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



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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...


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This is what asparagus starts look like.


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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.


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


This is the upper main plot prepared for planting.

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


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.


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




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


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First wave of harvest... August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017 the dehydrator

One oz. ea.

Food Production

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Compost and Water Catchment

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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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