Ready for Fall Fest! Nice, Work everyone!

Just a few very doable tasks left to complete in order to be ready for Fall Fest. Thanks to our Saturday volunteer group of Joe, Tae, Vicki, John, Leslie, Cesar, Beth, Madge and Graham. Three of these people have never volunteered at the garden before. How great is that? There’s not much to say that wouldn’t be better as pictures so here you go…

After a huge pile of dirt was moved, mostly by the tireless Joe, we finished the kids area:


I had really been looking forward to seeing this come together since neighbor Rose donated the play structures a few months ago. I can’t wait to see my local kiddos enjoying this place. Kudos to Beth and Cesar for the collaborative Chagall-DeKooning-esque log paintings.


Johnny worked out our second pump:


and then we got to witness a very special harvest. Along with this bounty, which was pretty substantial, from just one of the beds…


we were treated to the unearthing of Cesar’s franken-plant! This was a tomato vine grafted to a potato vine. It is a technique that was developed in the UK (sometimes called a French-fry plant) that conserves garden space and water. Cesar decided to try it for himself and here it is:


Don’t believe it? Here’s a closer look at the graft:


All in all, a very successful day!

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3 Responses to Ready for Fall Fest! Nice, Work everyone!

  1. beachelf says:

    Franken plant is pretty cool. Are those blue potatoes? Very unique! You guys rock!

    • Cesar M. says:

      The potato scion was a ‘Shetland Black’ potato seedling that I found at a local garden supply store along Powell blvd. I understand the variety is widely grown in the UK because it’s both drought and mold/rot resistant, so it does well in containers.
      The tomato graft stock has a funny story behind it. It was taken from a heirloom chocolate cherry tomato “volunteer” plant that has been growing out of a pinch of soil in a crack on the pavement between the outside wall of my apartment building and the parking lot black top. I always thought that this tomato variety would do well, since it has been coming back every year for at least the last three years which is how long I’ve occupied my current apartment. For three years a new plant has grown and fruited and gone to seed to then come back again next year without requiring much water or care. This year I fertilized it and pruned it and let it climb up a wire along two cucumber plants grown in containers and it has reached almost 8 ft in height and bore several pounds of little sweet brown when ripe cherry tomatoes.
      This was my first attempt at grafting and this plant was one of three I tried. Truth be told I never thought my experiment was going to go so well. 🙂

  2. 62ndgarden says:

    I think he called them black potatoes, and there were a lot more in there that detached when he pulled the plant up!

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