Community Garden, Part III

It’s an exciting time at our community garden (now dubbed The Garden of Rowham). Plants are sprotung, leaves are growing, and we’re learning more about the rest of the community gardens (like the super tasty lemons from the shared lemon tree). As always, read on for exciting new images, or review the Garden Photo Album.

Like I said, things are sprouting– and nowhere is that more evident than our onions, which are popping up all over the place.
onions

Up close, you can see the happy and healthy onion growth.
growing onions

Overall, the plot is finally starting to look like a garden.
watered garden

Our zucchini are looking happy, with lots of fresh leaves.
growing zucchini

The tomatoes are also getting settled and starting to grow.
wet tomatoes

We added some honeydew melons!
honeydew melons

Lastly, a few images of our environment. First, our pruned apple tree is starting to bloom.
blooming apple tree

We’re the Garden of Rowham. 🙂
garden of rowham sign

A nearby flower garden (just 15 feet from our plot).
flower garden

Here’s the fig tree near us.
fig tree

And Teisha standing proudly in front of the super-productive lemon tree.
lemon tree very pretty

This last image might not be for everyone. The garden hasn’t had many pests, save for a gopher or two. And gophers can kill a garden, so we’ve had to take it seriously. First, we added two ultasonic spikes in the garden, which you dig down until they’re in the thick clay, so sound transmits better– then they emit a pulse of annoying sound every 30 seconds, continuously. They helped some, but we next turned to sprinkling Fox Urine around the garden, to make the gophers think predators were nearby. Still, it wasn’t working. With some reluctance, we turned to gopher traps. A few days ago, we had our first dead gopher. Hopefully, the other gopher deterrents will work, and they’ll leave our little plot alone.
dead gopher

Thanks for following along on our gardening journey!

One Response to “Community Garden, Part III”


How exciting! We covet your fruit trees especially — figs and citrus, mmmmm. We planted our first 6 tiny tomato plants today (Celebrity, Super Fantastic, 2 Favorita and 2 Sweet Tangerine), all safe and snug under their ‘walls of water.’ Still need to get some Early Girl and a few others. Plus seeded spring lettuce, carrots, and more Walla Walla onions — and ‘Sugar Snow’ corn! That’s a longshot, but we have occasionally gotten away with planting a cold tolerant corn variety this early — I have seen ‘Sugar Snow’ even survive some snow on the ground. We’ll see — the worst that happens is that we have to re-seed around Mother’s Day, which is when you’re actually supposed to plant corn in unpredictable, inhospitable Boulder.

Meg - April 18th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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