Summer So Far: Fire, Raised Beds and Potatoes

I’ll start with the fire. The Trailhead Fire continues to burn, with lots of choking smoke starting usually around 11 PM and continuing through morning, although it’s looking like it will skip torching my house (fingers crossed).  This fire is much closer than the King Fire, and given that fire’s insane overnight growth in its early days, I’ve been keeping a close eye on this one.


The raised beds that I milled, assembled, and planted, are literally out of control. Tomatoes, peppers, and hulless-seeded pumpkins in profusion. I’m wondering how I ever lived without them, and I can’t imagine going back to planting in the ground, just given the amazing, healthy and lush vegetation, and the many tomatoes and peppers that will surely follow. I’ve got three more to build, and that will finish out my annual garden area.


Elsewhere I’ve been planting annuity crops, chiefly pomegranate, olive and mulberry.  On the harvest front, blueberries are just in, though not so abundant as last year.  I harvested and cooked in one meal the entire year’s harvest of potatoes, which were wonderful and fresh and waxy the way that homegrown potatoes can be.


There were of course more than shown in the photo, but not by much – quality, not quantity!

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3 Responses to Summer So Far: Fire, Raised Beds and Potatoes

  1. Kate says:

    Hi Zack,
    Your new beds look fantastic. I can’t believe how many blooms are on your tomatoes. Have you thought about what you will do with the bumper crop when it comes in? One year I made a bunch of tomato soup and froze it. Seems like a long time since we had a good tomato haul. Glad that fire’s under control. Pretty scary when they come that close. Happy Summer to you!

  2. Hello Zack,
    Great blog! I’m a permaculture designer from Joshua Tree CA. I’m in Garden Valley for 2 or 3 weeks giving some permaculture feedback to a friend who just recently bought 2 acres. I’m very interested in attending any workshops that you might have coming up in that timeframe and letting my friend know about you. I’d also be very interested in visiting your site and meeting you. Every summer I travel to permaculture places all through the pacific northwest where I always pitch in and help out for the day. Please let me know if this interests you. I’m in and out of internet connection so it might take me a few days to reply to your reply.

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