She spent a lot of time with me on Thursday, telling me about the organic growing strategies they have incorporated into the garden, including pest management via chickens, composting everything and using rainwater and runoff to water the gardens. The garden produces an incredible amount of food, much of which is canned or frozen for the winter.
Veggies range from A to Z, with artichokes and zucchinis abounding.
There is also a selection of herbs, including parsleys, sage, rosemary and thyme, as well as cilantro and more. They grow everything from cucumbers to broccoli, to tomatoes to potatoes, rutabagas, peppers, squashes, onions, celery and carrots. Cabbages and lettuces round out the selection. All of the veggies are in raised beds, which makes care and harvesting so much easier.
I took more than 200 pictures in four days, with many of them of gardens and the beautiful harvest Hope had brought for me to take home to Baltimore to share with my mother.
I call this picture Still Life with Papertowels.
Celery, something I've never seen growing before:
Chard - aren't these the most incredible colours?
One of the most fun things was meeting the tiny little Betsey, a two-week old mallard duck whose egg Hope found. Betsey will be part of the pest management team, eating grubs and worms that harm the plants. She's about six inches long now, but growing like a weed!There's nothing like fresh vegetables grown by people you know! Thanks Hope!