The Grace of Gardeners

When Charlie plans the garden he always leaves space for gifts from friends.

12 of 16
12 of 16

We have sixteen 4′ by 4′ squares which were built using salvaged wood.

The soil is simply marked with the edge of a board.
The soil is simply marked with the edge of a board.

In the square-foot method each vegetable has its own spacing so Charlie temporarily marks the surface of the soil to keep everything tidy.

One SunGold tomato plant will eventually fill a 2' by 2' space and require a sturdy cage.
One SunGold tomato plant will eventually fill a 2′ by 2′ space and require a sturdy cage.

One of our favorite vegetables is Sun Gold tomatoes which we usually get from our friend who runs an organic farm and a CSA (community supported agriculture) program.  This year he saved us 4 plants.

L to R: large red tomatoes, small red tomatoes, pear-shaped yellow tomatoes, sweet banana peppers, good size green peppers, medium sweet yellow peppers, and big onions above.
L to R: large red tomatoes, small red tomatoes, pear-shaped yellow tomatoes, sweet banana peppers, good size green peppers, medium sweet yellow peppers, and big onions above.

Another friend who grows his own seedlings generally blesses us with a variety of  different vegetables (above).

Tomatoes ringed with basil.
Tomatoes ringed with basil.

The tomatoes require 4 square feet each. Some are planted 4 to a square.  Others are planted in the center of a square surrounded by basil which requires 1 square foot per plant.

Leeks from last year are ready to harvest.
Leeks, gifts from last year, are ready to harvest.

Peppers plants also require 1 square foot per plant. And onions are 9 per square foot.

The radishes are almost ready to harvest -- 2nd square from the left, front row.
The radishes are almost ready to harvest — 2nd square from the left, front row.

A huge thanks to our generous friends.  This is one of the reasons we always give away our first harvest.

Are you growing something this years that’s new to your garden?

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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 “The Grace of Gardeners”

    1. We grow radishes because they are almost instant gratification in the garden. We eat both the radish and the greens. Otherwise we’d have a long wait. Jo

    1. Your space is totally sufficient to grow veg for two. If I were in charge of the garden there would be 4 squares. Period. Jo

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