Eric and I decided to take a much-needed weekend away, it being our first week as husband and wife, and all. We rode our bikes to Troutdale/Edgefield for a night of planning for our future, reading/catch-up, exercise, quality time, and soaking at night (too hot during the day).
I savored the opportunity to explore the McMenamins grounds, particularly their edibles garden. Here is what I discovered. This post starts with some existing garden updates. And then with the grapes, I launch into a look at the McMenamins gardens. These are not my plots.
Garlic picking time!
Prepping dinner with new garlic
Peas and carrots. I prepared them Asian style. Slowly carmelized the carrots with ginger and butter and seasonings. Chopped the peas and made a dressing with soy sauce, ginger, freshly squeezed orange juice.
Me picking the garlic! Planted it back in October.
Time to harvest the favas? I’m honestly not sure. This is also a Winter 2012 crop.
Chopping down some of the fava forest.
And now, a look at the McMenamins gardens. Grapes – I observed that they have only one leader row on the bottom. They don’t train a second higher level.
A nice structure in the middle of an orchard. Raised and clean, but still wild feeling.
Seaberries? Could it be? A grove? Is this how big mine will get? I can see why people use this as a stranger danger hedge.
I like seeing the wild flowers underneath these fruit (peach) trees.
Closeup of flowers under fruit trees.
These brassicas get some nice shade.
Closeup of the irrigation system. Same kind I bought at home. But much easier to deal with, I bet, with beds in these long orderly rows.
Is this oceanspray? The flowers are the same but the leaves are different. Goats beard?
Cool structure in the middle. I like the non-working sink and the massive work table. Very practical. A place I’d enjoy standing at on a nice (or not nice) day.
Observing the pea setup. Simple. Bamboo and string.
This bed looked more permaculturey to me than the others which had a monocultural thing going on. A mix of beets and chamomile and other things.
Broad beans! Same massive size as mine. Same spacing. Less beans than mine, interestingly. But I didn’t see any signs of the black spot fungus mine has. Were these planted in spring? Or did I overwater? I thought it may be overcrowding, but now I don’t think so.
Rows of peppers covered in black groundcover cloche. I imagine this is a leftover from previous weeks. It’s been pretty cold thus far.
More beans and their trellis in bamboo.
A beautiful wild flower/pollinator area. I would love to have this many Love in a Mist next year. But I think my borage/echinacea bed will be interesting. And the new hyssop/mullein bed on the parking strip could turn out to be big. Reminds me I need to move the elderberries over, having seen how big they can get. I forget that everything I’ve planted in the last year will expand over the years. I must be patient, and provide ample room.
I took this photo bc I wanted to remind myself that even the pros have greens that bolt, even when protected in the shade.
I appreciate the border around this bed.
…And this orderly pathway.
These are trellised CHERRIES!
Piece de resistance – the Asparagus Forest!
Another of the Asparagus Forest. How gorgeous.
I took this shot to show the walkway.
Structure with wine barrel filled with bamboo. I have lots of bamboo from a neighbor that I use, and that needs a place to call home!
The structure from behind. Nice shading.
They actually have a huge roll of bird netting. Here it is in action. I’ve used it, and I love it.
Looks like they had something like raspberries here before.
Side photo of the pea system.
Another overview shot.
Cute fence. Some things are structured. Others are hippy. I like that.