Tuesday, May 31, 2016

More community garden

Abundant raspberries
Tomorrow is the first day of June! And our community garden is doing very well indeed. We will have raspberries for everyone, it seems. Last year Rob took cuttings from his raspberries and planted some in my plot, and they are heavy with fruit. At first we worried we wouldn't have any pollinators, but then suddenly three different kinds of bees were all buzzing around our plants. You can see one raspberry beginning to ripen above.
A row of something
One of our gardeners, Lily, has planted several things from seed. I smiled when I saw this little row of seedings looking very happy in her garden. I don't have a clue what they are, but I'll let you know later on in the season.
Garnet and black kale
I have already harvested some collards, kale, and a few ripe strawberries from my garden. This pretty garnet kale is next. I love looking at it and know it will be very flavorful when we do get around to eating it. The slugs don't seem to like it as much as the black kale and the collards. I'm not sure why.
A segment of Carol's plot
I couldn't find a good place to take a picture of Carol's entire plot, but here you can see broccoli in the lower right, luscious parsley in front of that, and I'm not sure what the purple leaves are. Everything she plants does very well.
Copper tape around my strawberry patch
I ordered some copper tape from Amazon and have placed it around my strawberries, hoping to keep the slugs away as they ripen. Unfortunately, it didn't occur to me at the time that any slugs already inside will not be able to leave, either. I guess I'll have to creep out to the garden before dawn some morning to capture them. It's a constant battle!


  1. It is a battle which I enjoy most of the time. Annoying later in the season for me.

  2. You are going to have a great summer of fresh veggies to eat. I didn't know slugs and copper don't mix.

  3. Mmmm raspberries (though they can become invasive). What a problem to have.
    Loving all of these gardens. Inspirational.

  4. I continue to enjoy watching you take pleasure in your garden!

  5. I'm just starting to realize how different my gardening is. My tastes are completely different too. I grow chard but I hate eating it. I only grow it after dire threats from someone who likes it.

  6. Nice to see the different produce being grown there. I have a large backyard but no energy to hoe, rake, and weed.

  7. Raspberries already? Woo-hoo! I'll have to see if the u-pick farms around here have some.

  8. Settle in more slug traps...drinking the excess beer is the pits unless you buy good stuff!
    I have never heard about the copper secret...have the slugs? Your berries are looking good! :)

  9. I remember when I was single and my father's acreage of everything under the sun garden. Tomato worms. Ewwww, how I hated those ugly beasts. Now you talk of slugs and show us pics of them, I would let those nasty critters have the garden and go to the farmer's market. LOL

    Everyone's plot looks mighty good to me.

    1. PS....raspberry pie. My all time favorite. I drool just looking at those berries.

  10. We finally got a lot of our garden planted the last two days.

  11. I like "A row of something."

  12. That's interesting that slugs don't like copper tape.
    Everything is looking good!! :)

  13. Wow, it all looks great! I'd never heard about copper tape. ill have to try it.

  14. I am a huge kale eater but have never planted black or garnet. I love the look and hope it tastes as good. Sounds like an early morning slug raid might be on the agenda. Good luck. I am growing my strawberries in hanging baskets. Slugs can't seem to make it that high.

  15. We have so many raspberries that picking will be a full time job. The bees are swarming back there. I'm really hoping I'll finally get some black raspberries too. Happy picking and eating!

  16. I love it! There's nothing much more wonderful than being able to eat from your garden. Fresh strawberries, yummmm! I've heard about the copper tape causing some kind of electrical discomfort for slugs. Otherwise... there's always the beer method.


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