and a close up, fuzz and all

the sunflowers, which we planted in a circle on the whim of our spring intern, Sarah, are about 13′ tall now. they tower over the garden.

so i took about nine zillion photos of them.

seeds developing

only slightly photoshopped. :)

this might be my favorite view in the garden this year.

new sunflower

towering. seriously. that’s the apricot tree in the foreground.

if we’re going to name the place Sunflower River, we should have sufnlowers, right? so now you get to see as much of them as i do. :)

volunteer corn sprouted among the sunflowers. it’s a week or so ahead of the corn we planted, already in tassel.

corn (Navajo red corn this year), beans & squash. that’s santo domingo tobacco on the end, helping stave off grasshoppers. it’s no panacea, but it helps.

in the corn

yellow crookneck squashes

lima beans climbing the corn


the view down the row, corn on the left, amaranth on the right

the same view, this time including the barn and the big cottonwood

storm blowing in


hazy as it is, i’m really fond of this image.

a young praying mantis hanging out on a tobacco plant

tomatoes coming in. we harvested the first handfull of yellow taxi tomatoes this week!

volunteer purple podded pole bean near the standpipe

turkeys in the barnyard

and the barn cat on the roof of the turkey yard.


I took a half-day off work yesterday and finally got caught up in the garden. tonight i have 5 carrots to plant (the one seed-sprouting activity that has really not worked so far is carrots), and a few other small tidying-up things to do, and i am fully caught up. yesterday i spent two more hours potting seedlings. they’re all in soil now, and doing really well.

Radishes along the edge of the apricot tree’s berm:


chard! and a few charming purple orach:


last year, and i grew 9 chard plants, and we were about drowning in palm-frond size chard leaves by the end of summer. this year, we’ve more than quadrupled the chard plantation, so i expect chard to feature largely in the produce bags we give to the volunteers who come out for our work parties this summer! fortunately, fresh chard is about the tastiest thing ever. :)

Orach gleaming red where the sun shines through in the early morning light:




a flotilla of curcurbit seedlings, potted over the last couple days:

curcurbit sprouts

flax in the foreground, onions (ready to be set outside, possibly tonight) in the background:

flax & onions