Green Garden Dreams

The Joy of San Diego Vegetable Gardening

Posts in the urban gardening category

I like seeing seeing vegetable gardens anywhere, but I particularly like seeing them in front yards. For one thing, lawns use huge amounts of water, and make no sense in our climate here in San Diego, and with water a valuable and imported resource. Xeriscaping or vegetables make more sense. And why not grow something you can eat? It’s also a lot of fun, and relaxing, and spiritual (to me).

In any case, I’ve started photographing them when I see front yard veggie gardens on my bike rides.

These folks have some nice raised beds (made from metal – never seen that before). Very neat and clean. I see some tomatoes, squash and onions:

29th and Ivy, South Park

29th and Ivy, South Park

Squash plants in front of the wall, spilling towards the sidewalk. I like how big and vigorous squash plants are.

29th and Ivy, South Park

29th and Ivy, South Park

Another view of their raised beds:

29th and Ivy, South Park

29th and Ivy, South Park

I was almost home when I spotted this garden on my street. I’ve seen it walking by before. This time I decided to stop and talk to the man watering it. His name was Doug.

A and 27th, Golden Hill

A and 27th, Golden Hill

He was happy to talk about it. He told me about the tomatoes his sons gave away. I liked how the cucumbers were growing up the railing.

A and 27th, Golden Hill

A and 27th, Golden Hill

He re-seeds his lettuce.

A salt-of-the-earth kind of guy, he had raised beds, “slapped together from cheap lumber” he said apologetically. He said they will break down eventually since they aren’t pressure treated, but will last a few years. He had some tomato plants in a corner that were holdovers from last year. I told him about how they are actually perennials. He also had some pepper plants that were in a second year, and he’d pruned back.

A and 27th, Golden Hill

A and 27th, Golden Hill

I told him about how it had taken me over 2 years to get a plot at the Golden Hill Community Garden and there’s a long waiting list. Doug had a good idea: turn some of that area in that open field above Florida Canyon over near the city’s nursery, into a community garden. The city could actually make some money – charge fifty dollars a plot.

This garden is on Dale Street in South Park. I like the nice healthy purple bean vines, and the corn:

Near Dale and Ivy

Near Dale and Ivy

Near Dale and Ivy

Near Dale and Ivy

Near Dale and Ivy

Near Dale and Ivy

Beautiful Zucchini Squash leaves:

Near Dale and Ivy

Near Dale and Ivy

Beans and tomatos thriving:

Near Dale and Ivy

Near Dale and Ivy

Here’s how it looked before the garden (Google Street View):

Near Dale and Ivy - Yard Before Veggie Garden

Near Dale and Ivy - Yard Before Veggie Garden

Saw some corn and tomatoes growing in the front of a house near Thorn and Granada:

Thorn and Granada, South Park

Thorn and Granada, South Park