Today we’re visiting with Kea. She’s a photographer by profession and grows a lot of beautiful, delicious food (among other things) in her garden in Washington, D.C. (If you want to see more, check out her Instagram.)
It all starts with seeds. Kea says, “I may or may not have a problem with my seed obsession,” but we all know you can’t possibly have too many seeds.
From seeds to seedlings. Cool-season crops like the kale on the right go out into the garden earlier than the warm-season crops like the peppers on the left.
Seedlings in the ground quickly develop into a beautiful crop of kale that’s almost too pretty to eat—almost.
A beautiful harvest of bok choy. Most varieties have green leaves, but this one with dark purple-red foliage is particularly striking.
Rainbow Swiss chard is as beautiful as it is yummy, and it is easy to grow as well.
Squash bug eggs! In summer, squash bugs lay their eggs on the underside (usually) of squash leaves. Cutting off the leaves with eggs, or squishing the eggs, is a chemical-free way to control these destructive insects.
Ground cherries (aka cape gooseberries) are sweet berries. They’re related to tomatillos but are sweet and fruity instead of tart and savory. Kea says that her daughter loves these so much that she has to hide them in order to get enough to use them to cook with.
It isn’t all veggies. A few Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer (Zones 6–9) were snipped from the garden to enjoy in a vase.
Kea has a lot of “helpers” in the garden, including this little hard worker, JoJo.
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