The 2016 Garden in Early June

Charlie works diligently on his garden.

After settling on sixteen 4' by 4' squares a few years ago, we find it sufficient for everything we want to grow.
After settling on sixteen 4′ by 4′ squares a few years ago, we find it sufficient for everything we want to grow.

This year’s plant list thus far:

  • radishes (already harvesting)
  • sugar snap peas
The sugar snap peas are plump and sweet.
The sugar snap peas are plump and sweet.
  • cucumbers
  • green beans
  • tomatoes

    The 4 squares in the foreground are planted with tomatoes: 6 SunGold, 2 Lemon Boy, 2 Big Boy.
    The 4 squares in the foreground are planted with tomatoes: 6 SunGold, 2 Lemon Boy, 2 Big Boy.
  • lima beans
The green plant in the middle of the square appears to be sunflowers. I hope so.
The green plant in the middle of the square appears to be sunflowers. I hope so.

The snap peas are supported by bamboo cages.

Each square is hoed and topped with compost.
Each square is hoed and topped with compost.

The squares are made from salvaged scrap wood. Some boards must be replaced from time to time but generally these squares have stood the test of time.

Cucumbers are planted in the dark center square.
Cucumbers are planted in the dark center square.

In years past Charlie has surrounded the garden with a border and covered the paths between with wood chips.  It takes extra time and energy but really makes the garden look beautiful.

In a month all the brown in the squares will be covered with green and ready for harvest.
In a month all the brown in the squares will be covered with green and ready for harvest.

A garden takes a lot of work but provides lots of organic vegetables.

A handful of sugar snap peas makes a great raw snack.
A handful of sugar snap peas makes a great raw snack.

What crop is your favorite?

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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.

6 thoughts on “The 2016 Garden in Early June”

  1. Oh, your garden looks lovely! We planted most of ours over Memorial Day, and it is so exciting to see everything popping up!! We also planted Lemon Boy tomatoes this year, which I have never tried, but I actually worked at a garden center this spring and found myself trying all sorts of new veggies!

      1. Yes, my husband was quite scared when he found out that I was allowed to take garden center purchases directly out of my paycheck!!

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