Now that the vegetable plants are near the end of their production I thought it would be nice to take a look back at everything we grew on the campus this year. Even with the unrelenting heat and drought, most everything did well thanks to our grounds staff hauling hoses and sprinklers around everyday.
We began in the spring with cool weather crops like cabbages, onions and lettuces.
Last October we planted garlic which was harvested in June.
The asparagus was amazing, it kept coming and coming as many times as the stalks were cut.
In March we planted red potatoes in two ways. We filled about 15 black planting bags with compost and eyes of potatoes. As the plants grew we added more soil.
The idea of the bags was a good one. When it was time to harvest all we'd need to do is dump them over and scoop up the potatoes, no sticking a potato fork or shovel into the ground and guess at where they were. No stabbing. But. Sadly. Someone came through our potato area, dumped out all the dirt and potatoes and took them. Left the bags neatly folded. We never got to see a one. Next year we'll try again but put them in a more isolated place, the location of which I am not saying.
But one of our students also built an inground potato bed which did well although again...potatoes must be prized...that's all I can say.
Maybe we can have a hot pepper eating contest among our Texas guys.
Cherry tomatoes do very well.
Okra! Yes we had okra and it did very well.
And beans on various fences.
We planted fruit trees last fall and the young trees put out fruit this summer but of course not nearly enough to feed more than a few birds. But we're optimistic that this will end up being a bountiful thing.
If you have space, it's darn fun to add edibles to your flower pots and flower beds.