Gardening where the sidewalk ends

Big ‘Barb September 16, 2008

This rhubarb looked big enough to be dinosaur food, and was growing happily right on the street in our neighborhood.

Big 'barb

Not sure if they are using it as a food crop or just as an ornamental. Either way, it’s huge! A whole family of elves could set up house underneath and never be discovered.

Rhubarb stalks

I always figured I didn’t have enough space for a rhubarb patch, but maybe the street is the place to put it. It sure would keep a large space weed-free! Mmmm, strawberry-rhubarb pie, I can almost taste it right now…

For more information on rhubarb cultivation, click here.


Apple Tree Anti-Pest Method September 7, 2008

In a previous post, I mentioned the technique of putting “footies” (nylon half-sock hosiery thingies) on apples as they are forming on the trees, to protect them from pests like the apple maggot fly and coddling moths which can ravage the fruit. At the Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair yesterday (big post on that coming soon), I saw that they had used this method in their demonstration garden.

Apples With Footies

It’s pretty labor intensive, but if you only have a few dwarf trees (or a lot of time or many helpful garden elves), it’s doable. You just have to make sure to do it at the right time, before the pests emerge from dormancy in the spring and start doing their evil (but natural) business. Check with your local fruit tree growers’ society for more information, or click here for the Home Orchard Society’s how to’s and purchasing info.