Friday, June 13, 2008

After the rains....

Wow, we have just finished a long week of rain here in Vancouver. It feels more like April than June but hopefully the weather is turning around.

Ilse, our wonderful SPEC employee, that keeps things running in the office.

Tomatoes are starting to form...

Our vertical food container.

We moved the tomatoes in order to give them more room to breath and better access to sun.

Insect mimicry....this fly looks like a bee.

Alyssum flowers have a rich honey perfume. They are a great living mulch and also attract beneficial insects to your garden.

Topsy Turvy - the upside-down tomato planter. This is our first year of using this technique. So far so good.

Our snow peas taste wonderful!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

soggy spring

After a hopeful planting a couple weeks ago, we have had one of the coldest springs in recent memory, but still the noble plants have held on -

above - our 2nd square foot plot after May 23 planting
below - 2 weeks later

In this plot - (along the back) cucumber, tomatillos
Marigold, Fennel, Onions, Onions
Eggplant, Cauliflower, Cauliflower, Eggplant
Beets, Pepper, Pepper, Radishes
Poppies, Pepper, Pepper, Nastursiums

We also planted nine varieties of tomatos, lots of basil, some winter squash and summer squash, and two kinds of beans, which have sprouted, and will soon be off and growing for the bean teepes.

Teomi beside the fava beans planted last fall - aren't they gorgeous?!

Over the next two Sundays we will harvest the lettuce (some greens are going to seed!), do some weeding that's overdue, and try to squeeze in a few more seeds.
Join us!

Lettuce us be lovers....

American Gothic

Kitsilano Gothic

The rooftop greens harvest....ummmm freshness.





Its been very wet and rainy here with some sun in between. Things on the roof are growing well. We didn't make it to the roof last Thursday due to rain but we will definitely be there this Thursday rain or shine.