Charlie’s Veggies

Here’s the plan for Charlie’s 2011 Vegetable Garden. There are fifteen 4′ by 4′ raised beds in the garden numbered by Charlie from 1 to 15 as seen below (1, 6, and 11 being on the driveway side). [Double click photos to enlarge.]

The Glade 2011 Vegetable Garden

 You saw the basic layout and some of the crops Charlie was planting here and here

Now I can give the details of each square:

1. 3  Heirloom Pink tomato plants and some leeks

6.  3 Heirloom Pink tomato plants and Burpee Muncher Cucumbers

11.  Lettuce with 1 rogue tomato plant

Squares 1, 6 and 11 (front to back)

 Square 2 is full of self-seeded tomato and cucumber volunteers  which Charlie has thinned but seriously is waiting to see what it produces. Here’s what it looks like now, a salad in the making.

Square #2 - Gardener's Surprise

7.  One tomato plant, one volunteer cucumber plant, 11 eggplants and 7 peppers. (All the peppers and eggplants in the garden are gifts from another gardener as were the leeks, shallots and some of the tomato plants.  We’re blessed people, that’s for sure!)

12.  Celery and 3 tomato plants.

Square # 12 - Celery

 3.  4 Heirloom Pink tomato plants

8.  1 large lavender plant, shallots, leeks and basil.

13.  Cucumbers

Squares 1, 2, 3 (front) - 6, 7, 8 (middle)- 11, 12, 13, 14 (back)

 4 and 14.  All basil.

9.  Mostly Green Pod green beans with a few pepper plants.

4, 9, 14 (front to back)

 5 and 15 have 4 Sungold tomato plants each.

10. Mostly Tenderbush green beans and some peppers.

5, 10 and 15 (left to right)

 Charlie has a lot of trouble thinning plants because he hates to throw and “perfectly good” plants away, however there’s only so much room in the garden.  We do have one potted Sungold tomato plant that is already setting fruit.  I hope that means in a couple weeks we’ll actually be eating home-grown tomatoes. 

Sungold tomato's first fruit of 2011

 Charlie assures me the entire garden has been planted.  

Here's the garden from our bedroom window.

 How’s your garden faring?  Are you all planted?  Have you tried something new this year?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “Charlie’s Veggies”

  1. This is by far the most organized vegetable garden that I have seen–really well done! I have never tried to grow celery from seed–I would be interested to see how yours does. Here’s to ripe tomatoes very soon!

    Athena at Minerva’s Garden

  2. I like this a lot! I also have 4×4 raised beds but only 5 at the moment. I am hoping to get more in very soon!

    I feel the same way about thinning the plants! However I now give most of the thinnings to our rabbit and he thinks he’s won the jackpot!

    1. Kim, I think we started with 4 squares about 9 years ago. Charlie has finally filled out the whole area with 15 but he would like 30. YIKES!

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