Friday, June 20, 2014

June Garden Picture Tour Part 1 - Vegetables

East Garden - June 2014
 It's amazing how fast things are growing now that the weather has warmed up.  The garden is starting to look a bit less bare these days.  I've noticed a remarkable difference in just the past week alone, which is a sure sign that summer has officially arrived.  In any case, here's a picture tour of the vegetable beds in my garden.

 In the middle of the East garden is my three sisters bed.  I have summer and winter squash growing alongside 'Oaxacan Green' dent corn and 'Cherokee Trail of Tears' dry beans.

 I have another small bed dedicated exclusively to sweet corn ('Sugar Pearl'). 
 My 'Collective Farm Woman' melon and pickling cucumbers are coming along well.  I still need to erect a trellis for them.

 A bed of 'Sugar Baby' bush watermelons and 'Tasty Jade' cucumbers.

Circle Garden - June 2014
Things are also coming along nicely in the circle bed.

 My 'Imperial Star' artichokes have started to form buds.  And my 'Red Russian' kale is putting out new leaves daily.

 I love the rich red color of these nasturtiums.

 My scarlet runner beans are flowering as well.  However, I have a feeling it will be at least a few more weeks until they begin to set pods.

 We started harvesting our snow peas earlier this week.  I love seeing Jonathan and the neighborhood kids picking them to snack on as they play about the yard.

 My savoy cabbages are starting to form heads.  The 'Red Sails' lettuce is looking stunning these days.  It's become too bitter to eat, but I haven't pulled them out yet because the foliage looks so attractive.

 My 'Arcadia' broccoli is about ready to harvest.  This variety is also supposed to put out plenty of side shoots once the main crown is picked.

 My Fava beans are being attacked by black aphids these days.  I try to keep them in check by spraying soapy water, which kills them.  Today, I noticed a ladybug on one of my plants.  Hopefully I'll be able to attract more beneficial insects to my garden in the coming years.  

 Aphids aside, my Favas are starting to develop pods.

 My heirloom shell peas are growing very tall.  'Champion of England' can grow up to 10 feet.

 This is my first time growing purple podded soup peas.  I was stunned by the bright magenta color of these flowers, which are a stark contrast to the usual white.

 I planted purple asparagus crowns in the great border in early May and they seem to be coming along well.  If I'm lucky, I'll be able to harvest a small crop next spring.  I think the mature plants also add a lot of texture to an ornamental bed.  

 Last fall, I planted some organic Jerusalem artichokes I'd purchased from Whole Foods.  Low and behold, they've sprouted.  I'm looking forward to seeing their flowers, and of course harvesting the edible tubers this winter.
The Great Border - June 2014
And that concludes Part 1 of our tour.  Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow. 


  1. Everything looks lovely. I need to check my broccoli to see how it is coming. Last time I checked nothing had started.

  2. It seems like it wasn't very long ago that your garden beds were just waking up from their winter sleep. How time flies, it's hard to believe that the summer solstice is nearly here. It won't be long before you can hardly see the paths between your beds.

    You probably already know this, but I will say it anyway, be sure to prevent your dent corn from across pollinating with your sweetcorn, the dent corn pollen can make your sweetcorn starchy instead of sweet.

  3. The first photo grabbed my attention as it popped in my feed. The others are just as stunning. You have such beautiful gardens, Thomas! Well done! I can’t wait to see part 2.

  4. It's so nice and inspiring to see your beautiful gardens, can't wait to see part 2.

  5. Beautiful garden spaces! Also grow red Russian kale--it has become my favorite.

  6. Wow - your gardens are all so neat, tidy & beautiful - it's hard to believe that you started your garden less than a year ago. And everything seems to be growing so well - You really know how to put the ornamental into a vegetable garden!

  7. Wow, your garden is growing great! You really can't beat the growth you get from a new garden packed with good soil.