Romanesco

About a week ago I was at the grocery store when I noticed this beautiful thing nestled between the lettuce and broccoli. I had heard of Romanesco before but had never seen one.

I came back a few days later and bought one. I plan on eating it but my main purpose for buying it was to photograph it. This edible flower bud has an amazing fractal-like appearance and is quite striking to look at.

I’ve actually been in the habit of photographing vegetables for some time although I haven’t been posting them here. Perhaps in the future I will. It’s fun to share amazing natural art work. 

Alternative Means of Gardening

I’ve only ever owned one house with land that gave me a really great garden. There have been some that would grow a few things and others that even had unhealthy weeds. But the one I’m in now doesn’t even have a good space for an in ground garden. 

So far, I’ve been successful growing a handful of herbs and flowers in pots. Pots are one of those great small space garden alternatives that even add a beauty of their own. They also allow for moving plants around so you can customize your layout for asthetics, water or sun.

But as usual, I want more. I want a place where I can grow enough vegetables to eat well for part of the year at least. But because of my space constraints and lack of garden soil, I’m forced to turn to alternative means of growing. 

I decided to build a small, raised garden bed. It was a very simple project that I hope will yield a lot of food for the little work that went into it. I went down to Home Depot and bought a 2 x 12 x 16, several bags of garden soil and that was about it. I cut the lumber into 2 two foot lengths and two six foot lengths. Then I fastened them together with deck screws. This gave me twelve square feet of garden space which should be plenty for what I want to do this year.

I positioned the raised bed along the south side of my house where there was a dead patch of the lawn. This location gets amazing sun exposure throughout the day. I just need to remember to keep it watered.

So far, the only seeds I’ve planted are pumpkin, zucchini, watermelon, yellow summer squash, spaghetti squash and golden wax beans. I have high hopes for these plants this year.