Garden Progress and a Surprise

Charlie’s garden is very similar from year to year because we have decided upon our favorite homegrown vegetables and pretty much stick to them.

Charlie's Garden -- July, 2016
Charlie’s Garden — July, 2016

Every year we grow “Pink Beauty” radishes which are very popular with our friends.  Alas they only grow in the cool spring weather.

We get so much corn in summer that Charlie cuts it from the cob and freezes bags of it.
We get so much corn in summer that Charlie cuts it from the cob and freezes bags of it.

We don’t grow corn because in our area very delicious sweet corn is readily available for much of the summer at $2 or $3 per dozen. We couldn’t grow it for that.

French beans in the foreground and cucumbers to their right and just behind.
French beans in the foreground and cucumbers to their right and just behind.

Instead Charlie focuses on tomatoes, cucumbers, and French beans.

Bright green basil growing in the French beans.
Bright green basil growing in the French beans.

As I was taking photos of the bush bean plants I noticed a green basil plant growing amongst the beans. Since we didn’t grow our usual crop of basil for pesto this rogue plant is very welcome.

Once the tomatoes start turning we usually have a steady supply.
Once the tomatoes start turning we usually have a steady supply.

I also noticed that there is one orange “Sun Gold” ready to pick.  This year we have “Big Boy” and “Lemon Boy” as well as “Sun Golds” which are my all time favorite.

Cucumbers on cucumbers -- a bumper crop.
Cucumbers on cucumbers — a bumper crop.

The cucumbers are prolific this year.  I don’t know the variety but they are sweet, flavorful, and have a strong fresh cucumber aroma.

The purple basil returns every year with no help from us.
The purple basil returns every year with no help from us.

Finally our volunteer purple basil, which is not very good eating, has made a stunning display around the gazing ball.

What’s your favorite homegrown variety?

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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.

8 thoughts on “Garden Progress and a Surprise”

  1. Charlie’s garden is beautiful. The wood chips really set off the planting beds. I’ve given up on vegetables. Weather is too uncertain and pests are too damaging. I’m so impressed by your bounty.

  2. Charlie’s garden looks so good! We’re having such a cool and cloudy summer that our tomatoes are barely fruiting and not turning red. We usually have such a good crop … it’s discouraging!

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