Thursday, June 25, 2009

Our Garden

Our garden

Our garden is doing incredibly well this year, especially considering how late we (read: A.) planted everything. The corn was knee high by the 23rd of June. This translates to waist high for most other people.

Squashes and melons

We've got melons and squashes.


There are beans, okra, and onions in the foreground, as well as horseradish, rhubarb, and two varieties of peppers that don't seem to be doing anything. In the midground are four varieties of tomatoes. The back patch includes two types of corn and beans. It also has what I strongly suspect to be garlic.

Lettuce, carrots, potatoes

In this patch are lettuce, carrots, and potatoes. Off to the left, one can see the multi-grafted fruit tree, which seems to finally be doing well.

Most surprising about all this is how late we were in planting - most of the seeds have only been in the ground 30 days, and none of them (except for the two watermelons) were transplants.


Karen Anne said...

What a gorgeous garden. I wish I'd thought to have separate beds like that.

I planted early, but stuff just sat there until the last 2-3 weeks.

We must be growing different types of horseradish, mine gets three feet high.

A. said...

Or our horseradish didn't do squat. Nothing popped up there but weeds. The same with the Rhubarb and the two kinds of pepper. It's bizarre since they are all in the same garden plot, but it's a small loss overall.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

The separate beds were actually A's idea. I had wanted it to be one big garden (perhaps with pavers delineating the paths) but she had insisted,because it would look less like a mud pit. GIven our neighborhood, this seems to have been a good idea.

The only thing I'd do different if I redig the garden spaces next year would be to make all of the paths the same width, preferably slightly narrower than the cut of the lawnmower. It's really difficult to maneuver the mower around them and I think that would help. Then again, I'm always in favor of anything that makes for less work when I'm mowing the lawn.

Karen Anne said...


I think the variety of rhubarb matters. I started with rhubarb a few years ago, with two varieties. One variety (Chipman's Canada Red from came looking half dead and died, the other variety (MacDonalds from came looking great and I don't think you could kill off with a small nuclear device.

The MacDonalds has survived the following:

(1) My deciding to move it to a new bed. Both the moved stuff and the left over pieces in the old bed grew.

(2) I went with the flow and let it grow in both places, but dug it out of the original bed to make way for rototilling this year, planning on replanting it there. Not only did the dug up stuff survive a week in the garage due to the rototilling guy being late, but the pieces left survived being rototilled and came up.

The only fault with the MacDonalds is it is not very red, so it looks a little odd when cooked.

I live in zone 6.