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Growing Vegetables in DC

Delicious abundance from a city garden

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.)

vegetable seedsIt 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.

vegetable seedlingsFrom 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.

kaleSeedlings in the ground quickly develop into a beautiful crop of kale that’s almost too pretty to eat—almost.

bok choyA beautiful harvest of bok choy. Most varieties have green leaves, but this one with dark purple-red foliage is particularly striking.

Rainbow Swiss chardRainbow Swiss chard is as beautiful as it is yummy, and it is easy to grow as well.

Squash bug eggsSquash 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.

cape gooseberriesGround 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.

hydrangea cuttingsIt 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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  1. nwphillygardener 07/01/2020

    compelling photography and photos that made me smile and filled my soul with optimism this morning. That's really something we need these days. Thank You, Kea…. and JoJo

  2. cheryl_c 07/01/2020

    Beautiful healthy plants, and a nicely designed raised bed! Makes me want to go out a plant some more seeds right now!

  3. moyra_b 07/01/2020

    Wow! Everything looks so perfect! A beautiful garden, and great photos!

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    simplesue 07/01/2020

    You make me want to start a vegetable garden too- instead of just my woodland garden. Your photos are beautiful- those leaves are so beautiful and sculptural...and edible too!
    All all grown from seed! Super impressive!

  5. btucker9675 07/01/2020

    Jojo is an excellent gardener! Beautiful veggies...

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    cynthia2020 07/08/2020

    I love the photo of your daughter's hands holding the Swiss chard. (I like working with children outdoors.) Plus the lighting and composition your chose was great!

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