Organic Vegetable Garden Update

collard plant
Part of my vegetable garden is reserved for plants to grow wildly as they please. The intention behind this is that it provides a more permanent home for beneficial insects and animals to live. Pictures above is a collard plant that grows in this area. At least one toad and several frogs live around this plant. In the middle, foreground of this picture you can see the dried stock from the original plant. When it began to die back I simply left it there and from the original roots many other plants have grown. 

collard plant
This is another picture of the same collard plant. I don't plan on harvesting the leaves. Instead I am going to leave them in place to see if they will protect the plant and surrounding soil from the heavy rains expected over the next several months.

Puriscal organic vegetable garden
Here is a wider shot of the vegetable garden. The raised bed in the back left has kohlrabi, spinach and radish. The middle back bed had artichokes and the bed in the back right is growing green beans.

Puriscal organic vegetable garden
The back left bed in this shot is full of asparagus. Growing on the closest end of the middle bed are collard plants that I harvest from regularly. Also growing in that bed is kale, spinach and aloe vera. The bed on the right is the more wild one. Growing there are scallions, mustard, the monster collard plant, amaranth and fennel.

I went through the entire summer completely organic in the garden. I didn't even use any organic pesticides. My goal is to have a garden in harmony with nature. We do eat something from the garden just about every day, but it isn't fulfilling all of our vegetable needs. Lately, I have begun sowing a small amount of seeds about every ten days with the intention of being able to eat more on a daily basis from the garden. Now the rainy season has begun and I expect many of the plants to wilt and die from too much water. I have also realized that there might be an iguana problem in and around the garden area. The other day I transplanted six kohlrabi plants and within hours two of them had been eaten. Because they were eaten during the day I think one of the iguanas did it. Every time I go to the garden now I am sure to take Roxy with me and open the gate so she can scare the unwanted reptiles away.


Kathy B said…
Thank you, you are giving us a great glimpse of gardening in Puriscal. We look forward to trying it!
SRD said…
You're welcome Kathy! Vegetable gardening is a challenge here but very rewarding for me.