How Does Your Garden Grow?

My mother’s nickname for me was Mary, Mary Quite Contrary so naturally I prefer to use my middle name, Jo. And at The Glade it’s not my garden but Charlie’s that does the growing.

What are you growing there?

The garden was mostly destroyed by Hurricane Irene last August.

The 15-square garden was demolished by falling oak trees in August, 2011.

Since then Charlie has rebuilt 16 squares using recycled lumber and compost from his compost bins.

Sixteen 4′ by 4′ squares in the 2012 Potager at the end of March

Now it looks a lot like a class in the Marx School for the Harp. Trellises are strung to carry beans and cucumbers to altitudes that will necessitate a ladder for picking.

The potager in the middle of May.

So the potager at The Glade is grrroooooowwing.

The potager at the end of May.

And with God’s blessing it will produce an abundant harvest.

What musical instruments do you play?

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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.

4 thoughts on “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  1. What a great deal of storm damage you all sustained, but how gorgeous and lush your beautiful garden is now–you have obviously done a huge amount of work to return it to its glory–well done! My musical instrument is my voice, but I can play a little bit of guitar and banjo, and a tiny bit of piano. My wonderful and talented hubby is the multi-instrumental one many times over–he can pretty much pick up any instrument that crosses his path and play it.

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