Garden Haul Entry No. 41 and 42 – 16th Street Heights and Takoma

Ed. Note: When your gardens start to get full of tomatoes, cucumbers, whatever you’re growing – send an email to [email protected] with Garden Haul in the title and please include the neighborhood where you grew it.


Above: “dig the swirl on the granddaddy zuke. Grown in sixteenth st heights”

Below: “Last week’s harvest from my balcony garden in Takoma. Sadly, I won’t be getting much more out of this year’s garden. The tomato plants caught a fungus, the kale is being devoured by Imported Cabbageworm, the sugar snap peas gave me one good harvest and then dried up and died for unexplained reasons, and one of the herb pots turned out to have no drainage and became a nasty swamp with all of the rain. The basil and oregano (in a different pot) are still going like gangbusters. But the tomatoes I’ve gotten are delicious, and next year will be better!”


6 Comment

  • Emmaleigh504

    I would like to remind the gardeners of Popville, that I am more than happy to take any tomatoes off your hands 🙂

  • For the Takoma gardener, you might want to try diatomaceous earth for your kale, I’ve had good luck w/it against flea beetles and other chewing pests. Your peas behaved quite normally – they’re a spring crop, it just gets too hot for them to keep going. Mine died around the second week of June, but that’s a good time to replace them with other kinds of beans that can take the heat. Your tomatoes look awesome! Good luck next year against the fungus!

    • Thanks, this is really helpful. And makes me feel slightly less inept. I’ll get the diatomaceous earth next year for the kale. I’m wondering if I should get Earth boxes for the tomatoes in the future. They’re really expensive, but people rave about them, and they could prevent fungus that comes from too much rain. Maybe I could find used ones.

  • Blithe

    Is that okra in the top picture? Swoon!

  • Random question: I live in Capitol Hill and my tomatoes are still quite green this time of year. Walking around the neighborhood I’ve noticed other people’s are too. Why would that be?

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