Friday, October 28, 2011

Chafer Be Gone

Driving on West 16th Avenue, I spotted some corn growing high above the street and thought to myself that there just might be more veggies growing there. Later, I dropped by with my camera and talked to the owners. It all started with those destructive chafer beetles. The owners constructed the sturdy raised beds in half of their sunny front yard themselves and had good soil brought in to fill the beds. It was obvious even though it is now late October that they had successfully grown a great crop of vegetables. In fact, they were still harvesting and were making a soup that very day with beets, onions and carrots freshly picked from the garden!

Here's the view of the other side of their front yard--they are considering expanding next year to be rid of this eyesore lawn.


Andrew Ablenas said...

Hopefully they do expand. I friggen hate lawns. Such a waste of space.

Mark Kreider said...

These last several posts speak right to the consideration of succession planting and, gasp, winter harvesting, a subject I am warming up to with the help of a great book, "The Winter Harvest Handbook" by Eliot Coleman (ISBN 9781603580816) Chelsea Green Publishing). In it he describes growing vegetables throughout the year in unheated tunnel greenhouses, much like what Aaron is employing, IN MAINE! I never would have suspected that some plants can freeze at night yet return to normal growth by 10 AM with thawing from the sun with no bad effects. A chapter is spent on the Parisian maraichers between 1850 - 1900 when one sixteenth of the land within the city limits produced fresh vegetables year round to the populace of Paris with plenty left over to export to Britain. The book is well worth the reading even if one doesn't want to work in an all-season garden. The concepts and techniques are fascinating and make so much sense.