Wow! Time sure flies when you’re having so much fun! I didn’t realize that it has been 10 days since I posted anything here. A hospital visit will do that, I suppose. (Look at what Robin made for me during my recovery. Rhubarb and Strawberry Puff Pastry with Vanilla Ice Cream. I’m so lucky.)

And then, she also made this Strawberry Puffy Pastry with Pastry Cream. (That’s the Idaho State Flower on the dessert – Syringa.) So what does this to do with the Alley Gardens? Try growing strawberries and/or rhubarb in your garden. The following photos show, among other things, basic designs for your Alley Garden – you don’t really need an alley – and some of the produce you can grow in them. Enjoy and I hope this sparked your curiosity. Cheers!

Here is our Alley Garden.

Lettuce in our garden.

And chives and flowers.

The front area between the sidewalk and the curb, is all herbs and it has been since 1986. Great color and herbs.

There is a Doctors office across the street and last year they installed the greenhouse. From what I understand, it was quite productive. Love the way they decorated the storage shed.

Our next door neighbor moved in last summer. This year they started a small, but productive, herb garden.

And other gardens in the area. Some are in the yards, and others are not. Use your imagination and keep the garden space an addition to your property.

These folks started theirs late last summer. This year they expanded and installed a watering system.

And if you don’t have the yard space. why not try “potted gardens”. This one has rosemary, mint and thyme in it.

I think that if you keep your design unique and not interfering with traffic flow, either car or pedestrian and keep it neat, the city will not “bug” you about the garden. Just have fun with these gardens and you will be surprised at how productive they can be. Enjoy!