Gardening where the sidewalk ends

Whidbey Island Garden August 19, 2008

We didn’t see any parking strip gardens on our vacation, but then again we didn’t spend much time in towns or near sidewalks. Mostly we were out in the countryside or on the beach, so the only garden we saw was planted and tended by the woman who kindly rented us her home for a few days. She has an organic “pick and pay” setup where folks stop by, take what they want, weigh it and pay on the honor system. It’s not a huge patch for a rural zone, but it dwarfed what most of us city folks can manage to shoehorn into our tiny lots.

Whidbey Organic Veggie Garden

She had a lot growing out there, nicely laid out and well fertilized with compost and chicken manure. Since we were staying there, she told us to help ourselves. It was great fun to head out there with a basket and pick a few things every day. There were a few blueberries and raspberries left, but mostly we homed in on the salad stuff, like edible flowers (borage and a variety of colors of nasturtiums) and fennel:

Harvest Basket (Fennel and Edible Flowers)

We hope she’ll let us return again – we had a great time and the garden was a huge part of the enjoyment.

Whidbey Pick & Pay Garden

If you are interested in her garden or the possibility of a stay in her lovely cottage, her name is Maggie Jacoby and she can be reached at 360-579-4238.


3 Responses to “Whidbey Island Garden”

  1. That sounds like a perfect holiday.

    I hope it was as restful as it sounds.

    The photo of the vegetable plot looks very enticing.

    Lucy Corrander

  2. Barbee' Says:

    You are right that is a great garden. I grew borage and tasted it and did not like it at all. The blooms are pretty though. I tasted all parts of the plant other than roots: leaf, stem, blossom, but didn’t care for it at all. It is worth growing just for the pretty blooms.

  3. greenwalks Says:

    I don’t think too many edible flowers taste that great on their own – they’re more for just putting a few on a cake or in a salad. I can’t even think what borage tastes like, I just like having a bit of blue on a cupcake sometimes.

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