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THE BETTER WAYS TEST GARDEN IN PHOTOS

A variety of organic vegetables grow on a balcony at the headquarters of Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC © 2013Above: baby lettuce starts with basil and swiss chard left over from the spring, alpine strawberries, flanked by scarlet runner beans.

Beans are one of the big eye catchers on our balcony this summer; as you’ll soon see we can’t get enough of them. Below we’ve captured some of our favorites of the fruits and veggies in the Better Ways test garden this summer. We hope they will inspire you to think about how much food can be grown in a relatively small space. The options for small containers and what to put in them are endless. This is just the tip of the iceberg. What do you think you would like to grow?

If nothing else, it’s at least a good break from the work day. (Click photos to enlarge for scratch and sniff.)

Strawberries growing in Dr. Grimme's Tower Tot small container garden. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

Strawberries growing in Dr. Grimme's Tower Tot small container garden. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

We chose alpine variety strawberries to plant in small containers.  The berries may be small in stature, but what they lack in size they make up for with big flavor. They’re a good choice where space is limited because they tend to be steady producers throughout the whole season, where other varieties drop off after early summer.We love stepping out onto the back porch to pick a few for oatmeal in the mornings.

Scarlet Runner Beans grow in Tower Tots at the Better Ways headquarters. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013.

 Reaching towards the sky these bold beans aren’t afraid to dance in the breeze…

Bright lights swiss chard and scarlet runner beans growing in Dr. Grimme's Tower Tots small container garden. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013 Bright lights swiss chard and heirloom scarlet runner beans

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Ladybugs love Dr. Grimme's pesticide free garden. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013.

Lettuce; spinach and chard starts grow in Dr. Grimme's Tower Tot. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013.

Mixed greens from earlier this spring include 2 varieties of lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard. 

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Pole beans growing in Dr. Grimme's Tater Towers® vertical planters. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

We started 3 varieties of pole beans in Tater Towers with closed bottoms (Tower Tot) on our back deck, fashioning stands from left over wood and a pyramid of bamboo and twine to climb. We chose to use 2 levels instead of 1 to help protect the beans from the dogs. Despite efforts to knock them over they are doing splendidly. Admittedly, there wasn’t a plan when we put them in, but Mrs. G is a compulsive seed buyer so they had to go somewhere. Now they’re producing like crazy! Everyone is getting beans for Christmas.

I love to watch how pole beans climb. Ever-reaching delicate limbs intertwine as they stretch skyward, giving way to puckered petals and slender fruit. For something so fragile and fleeting, they exhibit such strength and endurance. People should be more like beans, they are the most romantic of things.

pole beans start the climb. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

 

pole beans start the climb. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013Many of these photos started with naps below the bean towers.

Reaching the top, pole beans climb a pyramid of twine at Better Ways HQ. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC

pole beans grow in a Dr. Grimme's Tater Tower stackable planter. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

Flowers of the stringless purple pole bean. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013Flowers on the stringless purple pole bean.

Flowers of the blue lake pole bean. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013Blue Lake pole beans have bubblegum pink flowers and dark blue/black beans when dry.

Blue lake green beans intertwine. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013.

Pole beans growing in Dr. Grimme's Tater Towers® vertical planters. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

Green beans growing in Dr. Grimme's Tater Towers® vertical planters. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

very young green bean. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLCCute.

And speaking of cute, we’re growing these little fellas for the first time this year. They aren’t growing in a Tower Tot, but they certainly would be a good match. Mexican Sour Gherkins.  They’re as big around as your pinky finger  and pop with a fresh hint of lemon in your mouth. They are also a great garnish for gin cocktails.

Young mexican sour gherkin cucumber. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

mexican sour gherkin cucumber. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

mexican sour gherkin cucumber. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

Of course no garden would be complete without potatoes. This spring we placed 2 sets of towers on our driveway and they’ve done very well, as you can see below. It’s almost harvest time and we can barely wait!

Lavender potato flowers. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC 2013

Dr. Grimme's Tater Tower® over time. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLCBefore and After

Dr. Grimme's Tater Tower® stackable planter box for growing potatoes. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC

Cluster of white potato flowers. © Dr. Grimme's Better Ways, LLC

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