Last spring, we planted a bamboo plant, which we had purchased from the farmer's market. It was Gabe's plant from the beginning: he was careful to water it regularly and would check on it most days after work. The only growth it showed all of last year was a tiny tuft of leaves just above the ground. This year, it has shot out 2 stalks (and a surprise 3rd stalk about 5 feet away...uh-oh), all of which have grown their full height within a few days!
Gabe is ridiculously proud of his bamboo. It is now well over 7 feet tall and still growing.
In this bed:
the 4 mother's day tomatoes
a mesclun mix of lettuces
yellow bush beans
1 returning fennel
In other parts of the garden:
purple carrots (oooh...exciting)
yellow swiss chard
That's a lot of variety for such a small yard! But we plan it carefully and don't plant more than we can eat.
I'm rather insane about this lettuce.