Gardening where the sidewalk ends

Neighbors’ Gardens August 13, 2008

Walking around my neighborhood in NE Seattle at a leisurely pace (set by my 5 yr. old) gives me time to absorb all the wonderful ways people have chosen to use their parking strips for gardening.

Today I met the lovely gal who put in this raised bed on her somewhat shaded north-side parking strip:

Tall peas

She said they got over 50 lbs. of snap peas from these two small rows, with only morning sun! She hasn’t had as good luck with beans, either pole or bush, and the slugs ate her lettuce, but they seem to stay away from her arugula and the blueberries are coming along nicely.

She’s got fruit trees and lots of other lovely stuff out there too, I’ll try to post photos of those another time.


4 Responses to “Neighbors’ Gardens”

  1. Lacey Says:

    Wow, talk about square-foot gardening! Her peas look great – a lot better than mine, and we supposedly get a lot more sun down here in Southern-ish Oregon!

  2. Barbee' Says:

    That is amazing!

  3. […] can also forgo wood altogether and make a bed out of paver bricks or broken concrete (scroll down in the latter link to see a nicely formed herb bed using this […]

  4. greenwalks Says:

    Hi Lacey and Barbee – Yes, this gardener did a lot with a small space. She also has incredible fruit trees, flowers, perennials, etc and obviously takes great joy in caring for her garden. Nice lady, too!

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