The Potager Produces

The garden is beginning to get into summer mode.

A month ago the garden was barren except for the radishes.
A month ago the garden was barren except for the radishes.
One month later the garden has greened up -- and I mean up,
One month later the garden has greened up — and I mean up.

The radishes are beginning to go to seed which to me means the beans are producing.

Slender French beans are delicious steamed.
Slender French beans are delicious steamed. Can you see two camouflaged in the center of the photo?

We grow only French filet string beans because they are our favorite.  We grow a bush variety by Botanical Interests that have a sweet bean taste and are very tender especially when picked early.

We plant lots of beans because they're a favorite.
We plant lots of beans because they’re a favorite.

Charlie plants squares of beans in succession so we don’t get a huge crop all at the same time.

Tomatoes ringed with basil.
Tomatoes ringed with basil.
In a month the tomatoes have outgrown their 4' tall cages and the basil is about 18" tall.
In a month the tomatoes have outgrown their 4′ tall cages and the basil is about 18″ tall.

In the past we’ve planted multiple squares of basil but this year we edged the Sun Gold tomato plants with basil.

The SunGold tomatoes grow about a dozen per branch.
The SunGold tomatoes grow about a dozen per branch. We’re waiting for them to turn orange.

Charlie routinely removes suckers from the tomato plants which encourages the fruit to grow.

The square in the foreground has been denuded of its basil leaves -- only stems remain.
The square in the foreground has been denuded of its basil leaves — only stems remain.

In 10 minutes Charlie pulled the leaves from the basil plants to take over to our pesto making friend. The plants will leaf out again before the end of the summer. I’ll be looking for a way to preserve some of the basil other than in pesto.

Cucumber vines grown up the bamboo and string trellis.
Cucumber vines grown up the bamboo and string trellis.

Yesterday was our first cucumber harvest – about a half dozen from the vines.

Cucumbers produce light green tendrils that wrap around the trellis string and hold the heavy vines steady.
Cucumbers produce light green tendrils that wrap around the trellis string and hold the heavy vines steady.

Growing vine vegetables on a trellis keeps the vegetable clean and makes picking easier.

Our yard shades over in late afternoon which makes working in the garden pleasant.
Our yard shades over in late afternoon which makes working in the garden pleasant.

The garden is off to a strong start.

So strange just after a storm.
So strange just after a storm.

Two nights ago I tried to get a photo of the garden after a tremendous thunderstorm. The sky turned yellow and the garden was very beautiful. I just could not capture the essence of it.

Do you preserve herbs or vegetables?

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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.

5 thoughts on “The Potager Produces”

  1. Everything looks great. I wish I had remembered to do a string trellis for my cucumbers… I really like the way yours looks and it makes so much sense

    1. I used to help with the trellises and their design, now I just give encouragement. They do look so geometric against the organic shapes of the plants. Jo

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