People who have taken our
Farm Tours know that Brent cares for our flower garden, while I call the vegetable garden my own. It’s always my first destination of the day, from March through November. And usually before sunrise. I thought I’d take you with me so you can see how I start my day…
Of course I bring a mug of coffee with me every morning. The first morning where I can see the steam means Fall is on its way.
The vegetable garden hits its peak in mid-August, I think. There is the most variety available for picking.
Under doesn’t have much of a green thumb, but she tries to help me anyway.
The first thing I do upon entering the garden is…eat breakfast! There is always some form of fruit to be harvested, like these blackberries.
Or these Golden Raspberries. This is actually the second crop of these already.
Our garden is full of arched trellises made from Hog Panel Fencing. The panels are very inexpensive and last forever. We just stick one end in one side of the raised bed, and then pull down the other side across from it. So easy, and so sturdy.
Why do we have these arches? Well on some of them we grown pole beans and other climbing vegetables. And on the others we grow vining flowers. But not just for looks…
The vines fill in by the hottest part of summer, so they they shade plants that hate the heat. Like this cabbage.
Or this cabbage…doesn’t it look cool and comfy?
Color is very important to us. If the garden looks pretty, I enjoy working in it for longer.
Pow Pow Pow.
Blue morning glories have been one of my favorite flowers since I was a child. They are one of the “truest blue” flower species.
Morning Glory vines reaching for the sun on a cloudy morning.
Brent’s nemesis: eggplant. I try to plant interesting varieties to see if he’ll be more interested in eating them. This is a small variety called “Fairy Eggplant.” They don’t taste any different, but they sure are cute!
These Casper Eggplants are also visually interesting.
Watermelons are iffy in our growing zone. The season is short. I think these ones will ripen if we just get one or two more weeks of heat.
Bound for the pickle jar.
The dark green cucumber leaves and scarlet nasturtium remind me of holiday greenery.
Yeow. A baby ghost pepper.
Its sweeter cousin, the Cubanelle.
I had some unmarked squash seeds that I planted on this trellis. Turns out they are Blue Hubbarb winter squash, known for their amazing flavor and large size.
They’re really straining that trellis!
You know we always show you our failures, as well as our successes. Well this melon patch got hit with downy mildew.
It’s tough to avoid during summer months around these parts.
Hopefully, the cantaloupes on the vine will still have time to ripen before all the foliage dies. Fingers crossed.
The carrot bed is so soft and feathery.
This melon bed is doing much better. I’m doubling down on my organic preventative spray in hopes that the downy mildew doesn’t spread.
Because these are my FAVORITE melons of all time. ..french Charentais melons. They are incredibly sweet with a spicy nutmeg flavor.
Tomatoes are slow to ripen this year. Here’s the first…a Mortgage Lifter, of course.
This chard probably should’ve been pulled after spring. But it’s so pretty.
The giant chard leaves are so Jurassic Park.
Önder usually falls back asleep while I’m weeding.
Look! The sun breaks through for a minute.
Sun on the barn.
And in the fields.
Hey there…who are you hiding in the Brussels Sprouts?
A stray morning glory.
Baby Brussels starting to emerge along the stem. It’s time to prune back the top to send all of the plant’s energy into forming the sprouts.
A vine making a run for it…trying to escape the trellis.
Tropical plant? Nope. Just a leek.
A color break for you.
A white Morning Glory? Nope.
A Patty Pan squash. This one is a little too big for our liking. The skin will be tough.
This size is better. Cooks up like a zucchini.
We harvested the main heads of broccoli about a month ago. But broccoli plants continue to send up little shoots all season long. Crudités, anyone?
Too many zucchini! And we only have one plant!
This tarragon was gifted to us from the gardens at Monticello. Thomas Jefferson was very fond of this herb in french cooking. He was also president when Beekman Farm was built.
Marigolds are also scattered through the garden. They repel bugs and critters…but are also pretty.
They blend nicely with our nasturtium.
These pumpkins might not look too big out of context…
…but here, let me put my iPhone in the shot. And these will keep growing for another month!
The sun is coming up fast now.
But even though summer is ending, some parts of the garden are just beginning. I plant our fall crops all through August. These will be Broccoli Raab in about a month.
This Frisee is a fall crop too. It will develop it’s distinctly frizzly leaves in a few weeks.
Baby turnips. We harvest these up until Christmas sometimes.
Ok…time to head back inside and go to work.
Wait…one last look.