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Published on April 23rd, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas


Edible Garden Photo Essay

Violet Artichoke opening into flower

In this photo essay I want to share some special images from my edible garden. I spent Earth Day working in my garden and as always I was inspired by the beauty of our edible plants.

I can’t think of a better way to honor our planet than to take time to appreciate and cherish its natural beauty, and that may be as nearby as our own backyards. It’s worthwhile slowing down to savor the the unexpected treasures we find there waiting for us, every day.

Mourning Dove in pergola

Mourning doves built a nest in our leafy grape arbor and stayed all summer. It’s a bonus that our organic garden is safe haven that attracts wildlife.

Squash basket

Winter squashes always amaze with their gorgeous textures, colors, and enormous diversity. This summer I’m excited about growing Guatemalan Blue Banana and Stella Blue Hokkaido. Check heirloom seed sellers for unusual varieties to grow.

Lemon cucumber and cranberry beans

This Lemon Cucumber and Cranberry Bean both trellised up our tall Jerusalem Artichokes last summer. The trio seemed very happy growing together!

Violetto artichokes on bush

Violet artichokes (Violetto shown above) are truly dramatic and stunning, especially the first time you see them on the huge bushy plant.

Scarlet Runner bean flowers

Scarlet Runner Bean flowers are showy and beautiful climbing up on a trellis and can be grown in a container, as in the photo above.

May you have a happy Earth Day every day!

Photos: Patricia Larenas, Urban Artichoke


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Patricia Larenas is a writer and gardener living in Silicon Valley doing her part to heal the planet, one garden at a time. She left her career in the tech sector to dig in the dirt full time and help others create and enjoy their edible landscapes. Read more at her web site:

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