June 2015 Wishetwurra Farm, South Side from the Ground

In the last post we saw the north of Wishetwurra Farm from ground level.

Now we turn 180°, and looking south, start walking back out of the garden.

Here’s what’s where…


The lowest bed, barely visible to the far left, is still being worked on to get rid of invading bindweed, so there’s nothing planted there yet. In the next bed, the white flowers are oriental bunching onions. The rest of the bed contains eggplants, peppers, and some greens. In the row you face directly are edamame, zinnias, and then “Onion City”, where live Italian torpedo onions started from seed, and yellow winter storage onions started from sets. The yellows are probably Ebenezers, but at the Ag store, I forgot to look at the bag, so I don’t know for sure what they are.

Moving along….


The bed just to the left of the boards contains the previously mentioned Onion City.  The bed in the right of the image was the first bed planted this year. You see zinnias and a volunteer poppy, red kale, spinaches, lettuces, carrots, more lettuces, fennel, parsnips and winter roots, orach greens, and at the far end, some beans. You can’t see them but they’re there. The last planting is a  “caboose” of five zinnias. You can’t see them either. 

As we move along, next is a trapezoidal “three sisters” area.


In the traditional Native American “three sisters” patch are corn, squash and beans. Corn is the first sister. This year we have three corns. The first is our favorite “Floriana” flour corn. Then there is a Mystery Corn, the seed from an amazingly beautiful dark red ear grown last year. It’s been planted to see if it will come true from seed. The third corn is a dark red, almost black, “Dakota” popcorn. Various kinds of winter squash, the second sister, are dispersed throughout patch, to riot on the ground and to discourage weeds with their shade. And last, just planted, and not yet visible, are the thirds sister, beans. Ours are “True Red” Cranberry pole beans.  These climbing beans are expected to climb the corn, to escape the rioters below them.

Above Threesistersville is a bed of mostly coles…broccolis and cabbages.



Mostly coles, the grassy patch you see is a garlic experiment. Last year one of the garlics we grew developed clusters of bulbils on its stalks. The bulbils were removed, and closely planted here last fall, to see what they might yield. The last bed to the right is the strawberry patch, planted last year, about to start bearing for the first time. Yum.


Here’s the last photo.


Happy strawberries with still a few blossoms visible. To the right, nestled next to the fence, are two varieties of potatoes. Blue. And Red (Norland).


So many potato colors, whites, yellows, creams…

Even blue and red!

Don’t be blue, even though you’ve “read” to the end of the post.

More is on the way.

Next time, we’re going to go from ground level to really close up.




3 responses to “June 2015 Wishetwurra Farm, South Side from the Ground

  1. Lovely idea, but Tizzabitti is too Italian for my prejudices. A name, once applied, tends to stick. I like Wishetwurra, it’s kinda Australian-sounding. I also like the implied longing for something it will never be. I’m too old to change location, except it be under duress. Have to work with what’s here. The idea that self-sown seeds are “volunteers” is a nice one. I try to let plants I like go to seed. Lettuces, parsleys, various greens, are all plants I’ll let get mature from time to time. It’s nice to have useful “weeds”/volunteers. Sunflowers are a classic garden volunteerer.

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