Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Veggies Ahead of Schedule

The Northeast has a relatively short growing season but this spring came early and hot so we were able to get a head start on the gardening.  As opposed to last summer which was cold and wet, with something like  10 sunny days from May through mid August.  So here we are toward the end of June and this is what the garden looks like:

First four rows: Hot Lemon Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Cubanelle Peppers, Egpant 'Money Maker", Long Italian Eggplant.

Next three rows: Heirloom Tomatoes: Costoluto Genovese (2), Brandywine, Stupice, Paul Robeson, Jaune Flamme, Yellow Jelly Bean, Box Car Willie, Oxheart Orange, Red Mortgage Lifter.
Three rows of Beans, two or three varieties
Swiss Chard, 2 varieties of Broccoli, dill
Squashes: Hybrid Zucchini, Green Zuchini, Yellow Summer
Parsley, green Genovese Basil, Purple Basil, Beets, red lettuce, Arugula, Swiss chard (Parsley, basil, lettuce are thinned and interplanted all through the garden)
Not sure what the correct name for these is -evening primrose?

This is Mr. Arizona with the first Prickly Pear Flower of the season - this is a potted "house" plant - not the native New England variety - they will blossom this week in my garden.  Our location and elevation still puts us about 2 weeks behind lower elevations and micro climates just miles down the road.
I can't help but be thankful for this garden and all of the earth's gifts.  And it makes me profoundly sad when I think about the devastation of the ocean and coastline, sealife and wildlife that continues at this moment in the Gulf waters and along the shores of our southern states.  Some flakey woman from Alaska wants us all to pray for a miracle.  I'm afraid it doesn't work that way.  If anything we should be praying for forgiveness.   


  1. Wow, Frank!
    Your garden is looking great! Ours is doing ok, but the stuff we planted over at my folks house looks a lot better. We used to do better, but all of the trees around the house got big, so we have too much shade to grow lots of stuff, and what we do grow is slow and scrawny, for the most part.
    Anyway, it's nice to be able to grow your own stuff and eat it! Are you having to teach Benni not to dig in the garden?
    Enjoy summer!

  2. Our garden occupies the sunniest spot in our yard - surrounded by trees and on the North face of Fall Mountain (a hill by Colorado standards). "Too much shade" is a challenge. Chicken wire fence keeps Benni out as well as other critters. Thanks.



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