My favorite time to walk in the vegetable garden is in early morning and evening. So, on an evening walk I took the camera out with me and captured some mid June growing activity in our veggie garden. This year we introduced a couple new varieties to the garden and added a new box to make the garden symmetrical! Come walk with me and let’s check it out!
I like late spring gardening. It’s not too hot and the garden is still neat and manageable. In another month things will look quite different. The garden will be riotous and the heat and humidity so thick and heavy! Veggies will be taking over everything… including some of the walkways.
The box (2 images below) holds marigolds, carrots, dianthus, snapdragons, spinach, Swiss chard, beans, more snaps and collard greens.
Snapdragons were my paternal grandmother’s favorite flower and marigolds were my Nani’s (maternal grandmother) favorite flowers. I plant them each year in honor of them! Can you see the bright orange of the marigold in the background of the picture below?
Each of our boxes are planted in the French intensive style. Lots of veggies and flowers packed in tightly together. It certainly keeps the weeds at bay as well as the bugs.
We have an organic garden so companion planting is important!
We have always had a vegetable garden, here at StoneGable. Over the years it has been converted from one large open garden to raised beds. Last year, Bobby put our old patio pavers around the perimeter of the garden making a walkway. This year he is filling in the center mulch paths with the rest of the pavers. I love to see how our garden “evolves” each year. It’s a long and never ending process, but we enjoy it so!
I hope the walks done before a “certain national magazine” comes to photograph it!
I would love a little white fence around the garden some day. With a gate that has a Williamsburg style weight on it to keep it closed. This would only be for ascetics, as we have no bunnies or squirrels to bother the garden. The local hawks see to that! Maybe some day!
You can get a little glimpse of the walkway around the garden.
It’s time to thin out my row of baby carrots we added this year. It sorta breaks my heart to pull up some of these little plants! But, I have learned from experience that if I don’t thin them my carrot crop will be stunted. I’ll plant a new row of carrots next to the one I already have. That way I won’t have one huge harvest of carrots at one time!
We have been eating the Swiss chard for the last week. It’s delicious and tender and so filled with good-for-you nutrients! I love the colorful stems!
My new favorite recipe using this pretty veggie is ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND SWISS CHARD INDIVIDUAL LASAGNA. Yummy! You can see the recipe HERE.
Our lettuces are at their peak right now. This year we are growing butter crunch, spring mix, head lettuce, leafy green and our newest addition romaine. I love to take a big bowl out to the garden and fill it! Then a quick stop at the potting bench to clean it and cut it and then into the house and onto the table!
In another couple weeks it will be too hot to grow lettuce because it will start bolting. By then I’ll be harvesting it from my new TOWER GARDEN. Can you see the lettuce in the little pockets on the left?
The tower garden will produce fruits, veggies and even flowers until frost and then all year long inside!
I’ll show you more about this wonderful vertical, aquaponic garden next week.
Here’s what else I’m growing in the garden…
Zucchini! They love the garden. Every year I have huge yields from these happy veggies! This year I’ll share how to make zucchini relish. It’s really good!!!!!!
Here is a very very easy and delicious, garlic dill refrigerator pickles! Click HERE for the recipe!
The broccoli variety is new to the garden this year! Along with them we planted cauliflower and more cabbage!
And eggplants… I think the little eggplant flowers are the prettiest in the garden. We have 3 varieties this year!
Some of our varieties have small tomatoes on them already! We companion plant tomatoes with beautiful salvia. It really does keep the bugs that like the tomatoes away!
Bobby is very particular about his tomatoes. He putters in the garden and clips and trims and ties and really nurses them along! And they will reward him (and all of us too) with juicy, mouth-watering tomatoes far into the fall.
Because our cherry, and yellow grape tomatoes tend to take over the garden by August, we planted them in pots this year! A new experiment, along with potted fingerling potatoes, lining the edge of the patio!
I like to plant flowers in the garden along with the veggies. My very favorite summer flowers are zinnias! They are happy and colorful and bright! I only planted the tall ones this year. They make gorgeous bouquets!
Along with the zinnias and snapdragons and marigolds and dianthus and salvia are lobelia and lisianthus and petunias and other pretty annuals.
I planted two half barrels in the garden’s walkway with hearty summer annuals. I sometimes forget to water them so they need to be tough flowers!
In no time, these young plantings will be spilling over the barrel!
Before we go, let’s peek into the birdhouse. There is a little family of bluebirds who have made it their home! Our copper topped birdhouses were gifts from Bobby! They are made by a local Amish man who does a brisk birdhouse business. These birdhouses are really useful pieces of art!
I’m hoping to add another birdhouse to my collection this summer… hint, hint, hint Bobby!
Thank you for walking with me in the garden today!!!! Let’s do it again next month!!!
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