I grow a variety of corn called Serendipity, which thrives in our summer climate of long, cool days. One great advantage of this cultivar is an extended harvest season; you can pull out fresh ears for three weeks. This is bad for commercial growers, who want the whole field to ripen at the same time, but perfect for home gardeners.
These huge, beautiful fruits are tayberries (Rubus fruticosus x idaeus). A cross between blackberries and red raspberries, they are named after the river Tay in Scotland. I enjoy their subtle sweetness. When very ripe, they provide a wonderful, slightly tannic "finish" reminiscent of good wine.
Known as Tuscan kale, black kale, Russian kale or dinosaur kale, this is one of my favorite vegetables. Fabulous in salads, soups and stir-fries, it's among the most nutrient-dense vegetables you can eat.
There is a fair amount of rain here in British Columbia, but nonetheless I find drip irrigation (via the brown tubes visible in this photo) absolutely essential. The soil here is so sandy that it can't hold moisture, and becomes completely dry within hours after a rain.
Mushroom growing is not for the impatient! A year ago, we drilled holes in these alder logs, pounded in shiitake spore plugs, sealed the openings with soy wax, and stacked them in a cool spot in my yard. I water them regularly. A few days after this was taken, the first large mushroom sprouted out!