The Parkallen Community Garden was planted over four sessions in late May and early July this season. The Grade Threes at Parkallen School finished the spring planted with a big bed of pumpkins and some purple potatoes, subtitled above “gourmatoes.” They’ll be ready to harvest when the class is starting grade four. All gardeners are welcome to dig a hill or two of potatoes at harvest time, regardless as to whether you were able to make any of the plantings or not. We also have a thriving bed of Yukon Golds.
Our tomato patch was populated with plants started at home in the early, early Spring when the ground was still frozen (e.g. November.) Consider contributing your own home-grown bedding plants next year.
The first ripe tomato was spotted in Mid-July. Remember, if you see a ripe tomato, pick it and eat it while the picking is good.
A beautiful head of lettuce would like to be introduced to some lucky gardener’s salad bowl and tongs. There are sprigs of parsley growing conveniently beside it.
The rainbow chard is perfect for eating right now. I like it wilted with a pat of butter on top. Snap off the medium sized leaves. You need about half a grocery bag full for a small bowl of wilted greens.
The pepper patch was populated with a combination of greenhouse-bought and home-grown pepper plants. Beware the “Basket of Fire” variety.
The Three Sisters (corn, beans, squash) are coming on strong this year. The corn was grown from plugs from the greenhouse, the beans and squash (zuchinni) from seed.
What edibles can you find in the Parkallen Community Garden?