Midsummer Tour of the Potager

Charlie’s kitchen garden which I call the potager is producing vegetables like crazy. Charlie 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

Trellises are strung to carry beans and cucumbers to altitudes that will necessitate a ladder for picking.

The potager in the middle of May.

The potager in mid-July has grrroooooowwn to great heights. Being accustomed to zealous growth Charlie made the vine trellises especially tall.

Each of the 16 4′ by 4′ bed is producing abundantly.

They layout changes not only from year to year but also throughout the growing season as some crops become rapid producers and others wear out in the summer heat.

The beds are labeled with their crops.

We could take a little stroll down the lanes. It’s difficult to get between some of the beds because the growth is so thick. Spiders spin webs across the paths nightly so I wave my hands in front of my face while walking through so I don’t get an eyeful of sticky silk.

The low growing crops allow light to penetrate into the garden to the indeterminate tomatoes.

Not only is the foliage rich but the harvest is plentiful.

The tomatoes have fruit in all stages of ripeness.

The cucumbers have been plentiful this year (unlike last year’s pitiful crop) and beautifully shaped.

A perfect pickler hanging from the vine.

I’m soooo happy this is Charlie’s project not only because he loves growing his veg but also at this the time of the summer the grasshoppers (large high-jumping ones) vault around the yard which kind of freaks me out. (I know, I’m such a girl.)

What freaks you out?


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.

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