This is the beginning of his Winter garden. These are beets that are two weeks old. I know this because I was at his garden two weeks prior and he was just preparing the soil. In just two weeks he has an entire bed popping up and thriving. And he has a really unique way to plant the tiny seeds of carrots and beets. He has devised some sort of grid that allows him to evenly space the seeds. He has been doing this for awhile. It is quite evident. Trial and error is always the best teacher.
These are some sort of Asian bean. You can see how long they are! Phil tells me that if they get too big (and thick) they become tough and are not worth eating. I have never seen this variety. I'm sure there are some of you who could even tell me the name of this bean because you have such wonderful gardens yourselves (Bethany: I am thinking about you as I write this.)
These are the same beans but this shows you how he trellises them so that they are easy to pick and that he still has room to walk on his pathway too. Pretty ingenious, I'd say. I'm not sure I would think that far ahead. Phil makes use of every inch of space and has many successions planted so that when one bed of potatoes is being harvested, another is waiting in the "wings".
This cherry tree was something that Phil was particularly proud of. He made me walk all the way to the other end of his garden just so he could show it to me. I'm glad I obliged. I have NEVER seen a trunk that large on a cherry tree. We planted a cherry tree years ago and it is probably just half that size.
This is one really great benefit to my job: being able to meet new people, to hear their "story", to learn and see and do. I try to be as observant as I possible can when I am out and about daily. If I take the time to slow down a bit, I find that something unique always seems to make itself known to me. And, since I have my camera always at the ready, I can capture them as the day progresses.
How does YOUR garden grow?