trying to make sense of oak park's war on vegetables
how groovy are we!?!
the garden bandit!!
August 2, 2011
Aug 02, 2011 @ 13:54:40
Yeah1 We have a SALAD n progress!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 13:57:28
Beautiful!! What are the top and bottom pictures of?
Aug 02, 2011 @ 13:58:00
Aug 02, 2011 @ 13:58:12
Your veggies look wonderful. Are you enjoying watching something grow, not only the veggies, but the neighbors jealousy as well. HAHA
Aug 02, 2011 @ 13:59:00
Wow! It looks incredible, Julie!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:00:23
NIce! I have a gut feeling yours won’t be the last front yard veggie garden in Oak Park!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:00:26
Did you use treated lumber for those flower beds? Looks like standard wood.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:00:27
Awesome! Our garden isn’t doing so great. First one since we moved to AZ. We have lots of zucchini. Lot’s of green tomatoes – no red. And the tomatoes are very small. But our grapes are already turning purple!
Looks like you are going to have a great harvest, Julie.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:03:13
Wow what a great looking garden!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:04:29
too beautiful to be legal.
i believe that gardening should be taught K-12 in schools. i wish i hadn’t waited so long to get involved in soil. knowledge can feed the world!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:06:51
Looks like squash on top and the bottom, I’m guessing, is carrots with a trellis of beans in the middle.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:07:16
Fabulous looking goodies!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:09:13
Everything looks great! You should be proud. Out plants are struggling with heat and drought in the south. 😦
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:10:18
And this is what they have been complaining about? It looks nice.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:21:12
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:25:15
I am drooling. You must come here and help me get set up for next year.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:34:12
Looking excellent! Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Carolyn Nunn Harvey
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:34:24
Nice looking garden, Julie!! You should be very proud! I see cucumber, cherry tomato, carrot, and pepper plants, and I think part of a zucchini plant, as well as some flowers. Good job!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 14:58:56
Beautiful! I’ve noticed a lot of articles recently in gardening mags about veggie gardens in the front yard. It is definitely a trend. Considering how we are all urged to buy local it doesnt get any better than a few steps from your front door.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:01:34
Your produce looks wonderful. You inspired me to ask if I could plant some veggies behind the condo complex and they said Yes!!!!!!! I will put one raised bed in behind my lanai and some lettuce and chard (beautiful plant) along the fence. I am starting small and once they see how lovely it is and benefit from it – (I will share with residents), they will probably let me go bigger and dig up some of the useless yard. Thank you for the inspiration. Kathy
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:10:59
oooo… those are going to be great! Nice work!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:16:53
oooooooh so close- green peppers and jalepenos in the middle!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:17:13
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:17:38
lets’ hope so!🙂
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:18:10
we are sharing with the neighbors, but we are all enjoying the grow show together!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:18:32
yep- now if i had only thought to grow lettuce…😉
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:35:22
Looks delicious! That’s food worth fighting for! Job well done!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 15:55:36
Looks great! I hope other neighbors get on board and start their own veggie garden as well!
Erin in Upstate NY
Aug 02, 2011 @ 16:06:57
some of the schools now have “garden club” after school. the club at my local middle school took donations and in a weekend buillt a beautiful round tiered bed that the kids grew strawberries, purple carrots, marigolds etc in. they also planted ther own terra cotta pots and grew spices in them. volunteer at a local school to start a garden club – once a week for 1.5-2hrs. see if the school would go for it.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 17:08:45
Aug 02, 2011 @ 17:10:16
wood rubbed with food grade linseed oil- from a fellow gardener (albeit with way more experience than i have!)
Aug 02, 2011 @ 17:11:15
That’s a great idea! What school district? Do you have more info on the program? I have been wanting to get something going at my kids school. If you have any info could you send it to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 02, 2011 @ 18:07:13
At least you can grow a lovely crop of lettuce in a betta vase (or several) on the window sill, so you can garden indoors AND out!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 18:21:06
Beats grass hands down.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 18:38:41
Mara in Virginia
Aug 02, 2011 @ 19:36:30
Congratulations, Julie! Those are some healthy-looking veggies🙂 I’m intrigued by your 2x10s — rubbed with linseed oil. Never heard of that. Gonna go do some research before I put in more raised beds on my own “North 40”).
Aug 02, 2011 @ 19:49:30
Great job, Julie! Since I started following your story, I have taken notice of SEVERAL front-yard gardens here in Sioux Falls, SD, including my two summer squash along my front fence. We’re still pretty relaxed here, and continually voted one of the best places to live in America. Hmmmm.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 19:57:43
Your vegetables look fabulous. I am quite envious as the only two things I thought to plant were tomatoes and garlic, but the garlic died and the squirrels keep taking bites out of the tomatoes the moment they turn red.
On another topic entirely, did you see the leopard-print house on CRAFT? http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/08/leopard_print_house.html
Aug 02, 2011 @ 20:06:54
Aug 02, 2011 @ 20:13:06
That’s such a beautiful garden, congratulations for standing your “ground” !
Aug 02, 2011 @ 20:28:36
i just did- hahahaha!!!!!! but i must admit i’m a sucker for a good cow print, myself!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 20:54:31
It’s not too late! I just started 3 flats of winter lettuce and spinach. Your more than welcome to some if you want it? You can also plant lettuce mixes that will grow on about 25 days. They are really yummy.
Aug 02, 2011 @ 21:23:57
I have gardened for many years, but have not had AS MUCH fulfillment as I have had this summer while unemployed ( and single) and having a ball with recipes and canning from my overwhelming, albeit small garden that wraps around my garage! My Facebook friends are enjoying my MANY pics posted of crops and recipes made, and I am sharing FOOD with family, friends and neighbors!!! I am near a busy corner, across from 2 schools… and what an educational experience my FRONT yard would be if I DUG it up and went ALL VEGGIE!!!! KUDOS to your struggle and resulting “VICTORY GARDEN”!!!!!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 21:44:36
Katherine, have you tried some of those shading cloths that you prop up over the plants?
Aug 03, 2011 @ 00:08:25
The rewards of the good fight. Mazal Tov.
Aug 03, 2011 @ 00:21:43
Aug 03, 2011 @ 09:10:53
We did the same with our boxes.🙂 We love them, and they’re environmentally sound and more safe for the veggies to grow in. Plus, they’re pretty.🙂
Aug 03, 2011 @ 09:20:26
My fiance’ and I also made boxes, and used the boiled linseed oil as a treatment for the wood. It’s a safe way to treat the wood, and keep it as close to organic as possible.
With treated wood, there’s toxic chemicals that not only end up in the soil, but in your veggies as well; and we didn’t want to mess with lining treated wood boxes, because the lining can just get damaged.
We bought 2″x12″s and had them cut into 4′ lengths, and made 2 4’x4′ boxes.
He treated all the wood before assembling the boxes, so all surface areas would be covered. There’s instructions on the jug of oil, and you can buy it @ Home Depot or wherever in the same dept. as wood stains and paint.
We had watched a couple how-to videos on the interwebs first.🙂
Tsu Dho Nimh
Aug 03, 2011 @ 14:39:37
Maria – it’s too hot for the tomatoes to ripen. If you se them even blush to orange, pick them and bring them inside to finish.
After the nights cool off they can ripen outside again.
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