The Work Continues

This morning, garden volunteers Sarah, Jane and Ben helped weed the large and small Plot Against Hunger gardens. The small garden has turned into Jane’s baby this year as she takes care of the eight tomatoes planted there, five of which started at her house as seedlings. We also have peppers and eggplants in the small garden as well as thyme and oregano.


Those lovely white flowers are from carrots we neglected to harvest…

The large garden has had a bit more trampling, this time from maintenance people working on the light pole. I concentrated on weeding our outside border and deadheading flowers. Sarah and Ben weeded out the inside, where we were also able to harvest a nice bunch of golden beets to take to AFAC.


An intact part of the border has tansy, calendula and whatever those daisy-like, prolifically seeding plants are…

In my own garden, things are still in relatively good order. Tomatoes are coming on.


These are Cherokee purples, and are not even close to ripe yet, but it’s nice to see them growing.

The squash seem to be doing well and I harvested some more kale this week. Soon I’ll have chard to harvest, too. Tomorrow I’m off to the Illinois farmlands to visit family, so if I’m not visiting blogs as often as usual, it’s because I’m visiting elsewhere in person! I hope you all have a great week.


I planted squash late to avoid the bore worm, and of course am shamed by the gigantic plants other gardeners have…

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45 Responses to The Work Continues

  1. Yvonne says:

    You’re so lucky to have those mysterious ” daisy-like, prolifically seeding plants”. πŸ™‚

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  2. I just call them ‘daisies’ Hopefully someone more botanically educated than I will pop by and educate us? No bunnies visiting? Perhaps just considering gnomes puts them off ………. Have a great family visit!

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  3. Those daisies look like what my grandmother called fleabane. They seem similar in some way to asters, but I am by far no botanist. I remember how they used to grow wild around here, and spread on their own….kinda pretty; nice volunteers in certain places.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I am a big fan of daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus), although I know many are not! Pollinators love them and if en masse they have honey smell to them.
    Don’t worry about your squash, they will soon catch up and you’ll have a good harvest! Enjoy your trip home. πŸ™‚

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  5. Mary Tang says:

    The Erigerons were known as Edna Walling daisies in Australia after a well known garden designer in the past. Though they are invasive I also have a soft spot for them. Have a good time.


  6. jennypellett says:

    I’d never head of Fleabane but it sounds very Shakespearean!


  7. All looks promising. I trust you are now fully fit again, Lisa


  8. The garden is recovering beautifully! have a lovley time with your family Lisa! Xo Johanna


  9. KerryCan says:

    You’re going to visit with real people, face-to-face?! What a concept! I’ll have to try it some time! πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a wonderful trip!

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  10. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, those tomatoes! Mine are about the size of large grapes. Bon voyage!


  11. LB says:

    More workers tromping on the plants? Oh my … hopefully that’s the last of it.
    When you come back from your travels, you might have ripe tomatoes!
    Safe travels, and enjoy!

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  12. Brenda says:

    My Cherokee Purples are ahead of my other tomatoes in size and number. They’re still very green though. As for your squash, while everyone else’s are all borer-wilted, yours will be producing like mad!


  13. arlingwoman says:

    It’s good to know yours are ahead as well. I do hope to have summer squash much later in the season this year.


  14. Your garden is looking revived and happy, despite the fencing issues. You will be amazed at the growth when you return from your travels.

    Have a wonderful time in Illinois. I’m looking forward to hear about your trip when you return.

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  15. Adolescence of a zucchini… that’s funny!

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  16. badfish says:

    I hate it when maintenance men trample a garden…or rabbits or moles. Looks like the stuff is coming along nicely though!!


  17. Bun Karyudo says:

    I’m glad to hear and see that your garden is coming on so well despite the maintenance people trying to turn everything into squash.


  18. Boomdeeadda says:

    Hi Lisa, thought I’d take a boo at what you’re up to. I see you’re up to your eyeballs in garden produce! How fantastic. Fox Urine hey? I wonder how they go about collecting that? :/ I had no idea, un-harvested carrots produced flowers..that’s wild!

    I wonder if your prolific flowering daisy is Oxtail Daisy? They often grow in ditches, akin to a weed in a garden as it can easily take over. Here’s Google image


    • arlingwoman says:

      Boomdee!!! I assume yo’re back in North America. So good to hear from you. Yes, I picked some of those carrot blooms for flowers this weekend. Lovely with the zinnias. I think those flowers are fleabane. Eliza mentioned them in one of her posts last year and I thought “oh, that’s what they are.” The oxtail are much more like daisies than these. As for the Fox urine, I don’t want to know, but it seems they keep the foxes (really, we don’t want to know, but it has kept the bunnies away).

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      • Boomdeeadda says:

        Back in North America and as of last night, hosting our dear Alys!!! She’s here!! for 10 days of fun and mayhem. Wish you could join us too for a day of Interpretive Narrative around Edmonton…LOL. xo Mwaaaa K/B

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Woo hoo! I’ll come sometime! Would love your interpretive talks about the northland. Say hi to Alys! Cheers. And I’ll check out the nebulizer….

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  19. Boomdeeadda says:

    oops, I wanted to add cheerio with a hug xo K

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  20. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you and your blog for a Liebster Award! I always enjoy reading your posts, and I hope you can participate!


  21. Maria F. says:

    You must be busy, nice images!


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