Planting my Parkway Food Forest

| July 9, 2014 | 4 Replies

Planting my parkway food forest for the sixth time included three pineapple guava trees to create more of a food forest. Each season, I’ve cleaned off the entire 6.5’x20′ space and started planting on a fresh canvas. This time, I was influenced by Patrick at OneYardRevolution to combine annuals and perennials to create a food forest.

Planting my Parkway Garden

My helper Rene does the heavy digging and lifting to plant the pineapple guavas

I did haul the heavy pots on a dolly from the back of the house where they were languishing. My parkway gets the best sun in my yard, and since restrictions have been lifted in Los Angeles for parkway food forests, thanks to the efforts of L.A. urban guerilla gardener Ron Finley, and others, I’m creating more of a permanent food garden arrangement.

Planting my Parkway Garden

One of the five tomato plants I started from seed

Tomatoes have exploded since this episode, as has the squash. I’ll be doing an update soon!

Planting my Parkway Garden

Petunias help protect squash from squash bugs

I planted what I thought was a Seeds of Change Red Cherry (but the tomatoes are too big for cherry toms already), a Yoder’s German (but those tomatoes have stripes!), an Indigo Rose, a Michael Pollen and a Turkish Striped, all from Baker Creek Rare Seeds. I think with over 120 seedlings, I must have gotten some of my homemade plant markers mixed up!

Planting my Parkway Garden-plant markers

Homemade tomato plant markers

Planting my parkway-parkway

The food forest parkway as of May 5th

Check back and see how my parkway food forest developed. Thanks so much for reading this post and watching the episode on YouTube! Your viewership is important to me and I hope helpful to you. Please subscribe, download my free ebook (put your name and email in the box and confirm your subscription) “10 Steps to a Great First Garden.” Thanks! – Kaye

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Category: Curbside Gardening, Late Bloomer Episodes, Urban Gardening

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  1. Great idea about a “food forest” and I did not know that about the Guava petals. I am glad to see your tomatoes. What happened to all of the rest of them?

    • Thanks, Nina! The rest are scattered around my garden, 26 of them in pots and ground and a dozen more at my neighbors. I gave 70 plants to the Orange County Organic Garden Club members, and the rest went to whomever walked by. 🙂

  2. steve says:

    Hello, I enjoyed hearing you on the Wisconsin vegetable garden podcast. I wanted to share with you the importance of soil testing in an urban area.
    It can be a major health issue being that contaminates such as LEAD can be in the soil. I’m informing you in hopes you can share the news for the well being of those listening and watching. Thanks so much and happy gardening:) Steve

    • Hello, Steve! I’m so sorry I missed this comment till now. You are right, of course, and I fear if I did I would learn that there is jet fuel on my garden, too, being under flight paths. But, what can I do about that? One of these days I will. I hope you will listen to my new podcast on The Urban Farm coming on 12/27th! I will post about it, but make a note. I would love to hear from you. Many thanks for writing and listening! Hope you enjoy “Late Bloomer” on YouTube. – Kaye

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