Wednesday, July 02, 2008

More Front-Yard Gardens Sprouting Everywhere

Time magazine has this story on "Edible Estates", discussing the return of gardens to front yards, and how it builds community. I know in my town, vegetables are sprouting up all over the place, and I think it's time I take out my camera and post a new edition of last year's "Grow Don't Mow" photo essay from my neighborhood.

In our own front yard, the cherry tree we planted with our dog Sabre's ashes last February is bearing beautiful fruit this year, and we've been enjoying "Sabre cherries" all week. All of my new evergreen blueberries fruited too so we'll be looking forward to tasting those soon! We went strawberry picking last week and got a flat of just gorgeous berries. It's amazing that many people may never know what real, fresh-picked strawberries actually taste like. Side by side with those overblown tasteless things they sell in the supermarket, there's just no comparison. I made up a big pan of shortcake, and we haven't gotten tired of it yet!


Karen said...

Robin, I love your blog! I've been working to slowly convert as much of our urban yard into food crops as possible, too. I think Iowa is a little behind Oregon, however.

Karen in Iowa

thebookbaglady said...

Thanks for the link to the edible estates--very cool! We haven't quite gone to that extent, but our food growing this season is going well....all except the zucchini. Outside of a massive slug invasion, whoever heard of failing at zucchini growing? I planted mine in our old strawberry patch and I would say the soil is definately in need of amending. The zucchini plant is like a bonsai--complete with mini zucchinis!!