City Walks – Fruits and Veggies

It's harvest time

Tomatoes on plants

Things We Can Eat

It’s the end of the summer and beginning of fall here in the northern hemisphere, and that means gardens are blowing up with fruit and vegetables.

Owners of smaller homes often have big challenges finding space for gardens — with small oddly shaped lots and strange sun exposure. So plants often get squeezed into front yards or wedged alongside alleys.

This garden got squeezed into a spot about six feet by ten feet on a plot along our back alley.

Small vegetable garden

V E G E T A B L E S !

Further up the alley these people built a series of cages for their T O M A T O E S !

Tomato cages spelling out TOMATOES!

A close up of the O.

Tomato cage with O

You’ll see all kinds of vegetables, like pumpkins and gourds grown in front yards to take advantage of sun that gets blocked by backyard trees.

Pumpkin on vine
White gourd
Yellow gourd

Peppers, eggplants, greens, herbs, and even hops are grown where there’s space.

Eggplants and peppers growing
Edible greens
Herbs
Hops on vine
I think these are Northern Brewer hops

Fruit

And then there is the fruit*. Our yard doesn’t get enough sun for vegetables aside from a few greens, but we can grow figs. Here you can see one that is still ripening and the remains of another that was gutted by birds.

Figs on tree

You can also see in gardens this time of year things like grapes, raspberries, and passion fruit, which it turns out can survive all the way to Zone 5 in the US with some TLC.

Grapes on vine
Passion fruit on vine

*The old pedantry “tomato is a fruit not a vegetable” is banned here. IT IS BANNED!

It’s a mistake as dumb as saying “spinach is a leaf not a vegetable” or “sole is a dish served in France not a fish.” Under the botanical classification system tomatoes are fruit, but when it comes to food tomatoes are a vegetable. Things can exist in multiple classification systems at the same time, and terms don’t need to be consistent. This isn’t coding. END OF RANT.

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4 Comments

    • Not only that, but in particular they are berries:

      The elongated tough-skinned fruits of the family Cucurbitaceae, including watermelons, cucumbers, and gourds, are a type of berry referred to as pepos. Any small fleshy fruit is popularly called a berry, especially if it is edible.

      It’s tough to imagine that a 20-lb. watermelon or pumpkin is a berry but apparently they are. The above quote is from the Encyclopedia Britannica, not the Dr. Oz Fun Book of Biological Faktz.

  1. I love seeing where people plant veggies. A few streets over a family did several raised beds of strawberry plants in their front yard. The flowers are super cute. A few streets away someone planted 3 short rows of corn. I don’t know why, but I’m happy for them.

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