Growing in the Twin Cities with Backyard Harvest

Building a sustainable (and delicious) urban food system – one yard at a time

Garden Party And an Upcoming Bounty June 19, 2009



[[photo by: WontonBrutality]]


There has been a lot going on in Backyard Harvest land over the last week, but thunderstorms and otherwise strange weather has been getting in the way of decent photos.

Thankfully, the weather held out during the first (annual?) Backyard Harvest garden party. It was great to meet other homeowners and farmers. Everyone is so excited about being part of the project and eagerly discussed what was going on with their gardens. While we all have farmers taking care of the heavy lifting, it was obvious that every single person felt really involved with their garden and the group that organizes all of what we’ve been having such fun watching so far. So, thanks Krista, the farmers, and Catherine Turner for hosting the party!

Backyard Harvest Garden Party

[[photo by: WontonBrutality]]

In our own back yard, we’ve had the pea and bean structures installed. The beans get to crawl up that fancy tepee you see in the middle of the pictures and the peas have some very cute twisty twigs to curl around. Like I mentioned earlier, we finally had some rain and everything in the garden just sort of exploded – there are blooms everywhere, leaves are growing gigantic, and sprouts where we thought things were already filled in are coming up. There are clearly more surprises in the garden that we know about, and they all look like future dinners.

For our part this week, we got a cooler cleaned up and set out on the patio for Stefan to put in any harvested goodies. Right now, it’s just holding our garden journal which got an entry this week outlining the harvest process. We’ll be getting whatever is ready on Mondays and Thursdays and I can hardly wait! In case anyone is wondering how this will work, we’ll put freezer packs into the cooler on Monday and Thursday mornings so that the goods going in can be at least sort of chilled. The journal stays in there too, in a freezer storage bag thing to make sure it stays dry.

I also got a decent panoramic done for this month and it’s obvious how much the garden has come along even from week to week – what a bounty!

June Pano

[[photo by: WontonBrutality]]


– Lisa in Kingfield


The full Flickr collection of pictures for this project is over on Flickr.


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