This post is part of Take Back Urban Homesteading’s Video and Photo Tour Action Day. Urban Homesteaders all over the country are sharing how they raise food in urban areas just like mine. It’s quite amazing!
Welcome to a tour of our vegetable gardens and edible landscaping. I broke up the tour into 2 posts since there’s a lot to see. Both posts will have a map of our flower/vegetable areas for you to refer back to. Don’t forget to check out the other urban homesteaders.
This is our main herb bed containing permanent plantings of comfrey, stevia, chives, tarragon, thyme, lemon balm, and lavender, plus an annual planting of beans and parsley. In the bed by the house are cherry tomato plants in cages.
At the front of the yard near the herb bed are 2 plum trees, along with red raspberry vines, bush beans, strawberries, and a pepper plant. The blueberry bush here was over run by the day lilies which I need to work on this year.
I am slowly turning this area of the yard into a fruiting bush area. Behind the butterfly bush are 4 blueberry plants next to the hedge. Along the fence are 2 currant bushes which we are in the process of removing since they stopped producing and they take up too much room in our yard. Rather than plant annuals in this area, I filled it in with a tomato plant, broccoli, cabbage (not doing well), strawberries, bush beans, and pepper plants.
This somewhat weedy area is our potato barrel experiment. It is also another transitional area that I would like to turn into raised vegetable beds. In addition to the potato barrels, I have bush pumpkins, acorn squash, peppers, a volunteer tomato, basil, and bush beans.
To the left of the potato barrels is our main fruiting vine area. We have 4 grapevines here, along with a raspberry/blackberry patch, and newer vegetable beds housing potatoes. Behind the trellised grapevines are the compost piles.
Here is a closeup of the 2 vegetable beds and trellised grapevine.
Here are 2 dwarf apple trees which haven’t been producing much. Unfortunately, we haven’t spent much time on fighting diseases on these trees, plus the deer have been eating whatever apples do grow. With no sightings of deer this year, I’m hoping we actually have apples to pick.
Looking back at the front of our home, you will see the cherry tomatoes in cages along with a planting of lettuce. Hiding behind the day lilies are small kale plants.