DC Notes

Notes from around town.

Lots of work in the garden today. The squash - bumpy and smooth skinned - are growing like hothouse flowers and knocking down everything in their way, including the fence.! The little green thing is the first baby cantaloupe I’ve seen.

This morning’s garden bounty - beans, turnips, mint, dill, hydrangeas … and kale from the never-ending bumper crop. Just returned to garden after about 2 weeks away - everything is growing enormously.

This morning’s garden bounty - beans, turnips, mint, dill, hydrangeas … and kale from the never-ending bumper crop. Just returned to garden after about 2 weeks away - everything is growing enormously.

The garden on June 16 — I was cited with a violation by the “inspectors” for “too many weeds” in my garden. (the cluster of plants in mid-left of photo- next to squash- is actually little flower sproutlings, not weeds; the little green plants in bottom center are brussel sprouts in imperfect rows…)
I had heard about this group at Melvin Hazen Community Garden — a neighbor refers to them as the “garden nazis”. I guess I see his point now — feels like I’m in 2nd grade and being grounded for doing something bad.
3 citations and I’m kicked out. I’ve been working hard on this garden and it was making me happy… Any ideas on how to cope with hypervigilant community gardens? 

The garden on June 16 — I was cited with a violation by the “inspectors” for “too many weeds” in my garden. (the cluster of plants in mid-left of photo- next to squash- is actually little flower sproutlings, not weeds; the little green plants in bottom center are brussel sprouts in imperfect rows…)

I had heard about this group at Melvin Hazen Community Garden — a neighbor refers to them as the “garden nazis”. I guess I see his point now — feels like I’m in 2nd grade and being grounded for doing something bad.

3 citations and I’m kicked out. I’ve been working hard on this garden and it was making me happy… Any ideas on how to cope with hypervigilant community gardens? 

The lettuce and broccoli are coming up nicely. Notice the different gardening styles - mine is decidedly non-structured, and my over-achieving neighbor’s is very tidy, very straight rows… (I’m just envious).

Two plants (weeds?) that grew in my plot over the past weeks - anyone have an ID for these?

I returned to my garden plot after a 2 week hiatus (took a trip to the Grand Canyon - a lovely vacation in the beautiful, arid Southwest)… and found my garden plot overtaken by weeds.

Some seeds I’d planted have sprouted - very exciting, as I was wondering if anything would grow. So far, there are sproutlets of kale, beans, peas and lettuce. 

Note the difference in the plot from a month ago  - before and after photos. And note in the May 1 photo the lovely, clean, very arranged beds to the left — my garden neighbor is apparently an over-achiever. More on his beds in future posts.

The adventure in urban gardening has begun. 
My first year to garden a plot in DC’s Melvin Hazen Community Garden, which is technically part of Rock Creek National Park, and is rumored to have been founded as a victory garden during World War II.
So - here’s the garden as it was today, the beginning of planting season.

The adventure in urban gardening has begun. 

My first year to garden a plot in DC’s Melvin Hazen Community Garden, which is technically part of Rock Creek National Park, and is rumored to have been founded as a victory garden during World War II.

So - here’s the garden as it was today, the beginning of planting season.