Early last spring you might remember us posting about how the wonderful students of SUNY Cobleskill’s Plant Science Department helped us start some of the seeds for the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Garden under the kind and watchful eye of Bob Sutherland, the SUNY Cobleskill Floriculture Instructor and Greenhouse Manager.
Well, this past weekend, we picked up the remaining flats of their labors, and put the finishing touches on the garden. (Or at least the finishing touches of the first round of planting.) We can’t thank them enough for their skillful assistance. Since we don’t yet have greenhouses at The Beekman (wishlist item #45,324) there would be no other way for us to start the rare heirloom varieties we seek to showcase.
Our first garden tourist inadvertantly hitched a ride all the way from Bob Sutherland’s home, where we picked up the flats, to the Beekman Garden. We immediately named him the garden’s “Chief Pest Controller.” Perhaps we can enter our June Garden Party Contest with him.
All of the plants are now in, and minus a small few lost to frost (in June!) they’re thriving perfectly. Upstanding and strong, they’re a perfect reflection of the students that helped us: