Backyard Roots

April 11, 2013 in The Sprouting Off Garden, Tomato Nut by Lisa

About a year and a half ago I got a phone call at the shop from a lady looking  for urban farms.  She figured since we were a garden center that sold chickens we might know where she could find a few urban farmers.

Urban farmers…

Would I know any urban farmers?  Hmmm.

Why I believe I do.

She said that she was writing a book about urban farming on the West coast.  She is a professional photographer and her artwork has been used in a wide array of publications.

I set up a time for Lori to come visit our garden, but warned her that it wasn’t at its peak since she was visiting in late September.  All 3 of us were pretty excited to have someone come professionally photograph our garden.  I’ll admit.  The thought of my garden being featured in an actual book was pretty awesome too.

A few months after her visit Lori sent me all of the photos that she had taken that day, but I had signed an agreement that I wouldn’t post any of the photos until the book was released.  I’ve had to sit on these magnificent photos for a year and a half.  The only place I’ve shown them is at a very small garden club talk I gave earlier this Spring.  Otherwise they’ve sat on my computer waiting patiently.

20110918_0724I look back at these photos frequently to remember what my garden looked like once.  It has been so modified since that it’s hard to imagine that it was once this haphazard.

20110918_0657The year she came I grew 15 different varieties of tomatoes.  The plants were at the peak and were breaking the supports that held them.

20110918_0791One of the things that intrigues Lori so much about our particular garden was that it was simple.  On the outside it appears to be incredibly complex, but at its very foundation it is very simple.  I plan things for continual harvest, but I also grow plants that are easy to maintain, things we will most certainly eat and things that we can store without using too much effort.

20110918_0707Things I love to grow include tomatoes (you already knew that), dried beans, garlic, onions and potatoes.  Root vegetables come in a close second as does kale and other brassicas that I can overwinter.

20110918_0807Sadly, my garden isn’t one that is featured in the book.  Lori visited so many gardens she couldn’t fit them all in one book.  Since that was the case she did the next best thing.  She started a blog and is featuring all of the wonderful gardens that didn’t make it to the book.  I encourage you to check it out and follow along.  I also encourage you to order a copy of the book.  It’s called backyard roots and if you’d like to see more of Lori’s beautiful imagery you can visit her photography website.






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