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How Does Your Garden Grow: 2017 Edition

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It all started with the third and final corn plantation.

The garden, now features a Sycamore annex

5 hours of gardening today, making up for lost time

corn

Hot pepper looking weak so far

Husk melon

Husk melon

Russian sunflowers (for putin)

Summer squash

gourds and flowers

Tiny watermellon (one day this will be a 20 foot in diameter plant)

Giant pumpkin (smallest plant in the garden)

mini-pumpkins

tomato land

zuchini

tomatillo (first time for me in 30 years)

Sweet peppers (also looking rather skinny)

beans

two varieties of sunflowers

cucumber. lost three plants so far, this is the only survivor

onion and shallot land

corn from the back

brocolli

beets and radishes

brussel sprouts by the strawberry patch

There’s more, but that’s where we stand on June 9th. Two weeks and the beach will render this garden completely different!

Joe Pye Photobombs River Scene!

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Garden: Before and After

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When you ignore the garden for a week just to light a big giant bonfire there may be hell to pay.

BEFORE

So many weeds. So much grass. So few vegetables.

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AFTER

Well, this is the horses actually

Well, this is the horses actually

About 6 hours of weeding later, the garden looks better

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And what do we get for our efforts so far? One tomato (delicious), two zucchini, one summer squash, and two jalapeƱo peppers. Lots more to come.

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Being outside in the summer sun is an excellent break from poking plastic keys.

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Farmer Craig’s Spread (Greenview Farm): No Okra In Sight

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One of these things is not like the other

One of these things is not like the other

I drove my awful Chevy Cruze rental car (who makes these things?!) down to visit farmer Craig’s organic vegetable farm operation in Rhode Island. The place is called Greenview Farm. Craig is a dear old college friend who started farming full time 20 years ago and never looked back. He has about 20 acres in cultivation now, rotating crops, building up the soil, and generally leaving the land in way better shape than it started in. His produce has a reputation for excellence and his business is thriving.

Impressive. Craig and Emily are utterly dedicated to what they’re doing. The addition of three monkeys to the equation is leading to the usual loving chaos.

Farmer Craig, aka Mr Okra aka Dr Feelgood

Farmer Craig, aka Mr Okra aka Dr Feelgood

The first greenhouse is about to get a new floor

The first greenhouse is about to get a new floor

Amazing to see this on November 18!

Amazing to see this on November 18!

Hearty broccoli.  Mine never looks this good.

Hearty broccoli. Mine never looks this good.

Yeah, I know, Kale.

Yeah, I know, Kale.

Gorgeous rich topsoil

Gorgeous rich topsoil

Cover crop of oats and peas will be plowed under in the Spring

Cover crop of oats and peas will be plowed under in the Spring

Winter crops still going

Winter crops still going

Keep em covered

Keep em covered

Seats two hippies

Seats two hippies

Finally some rain

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August was very dry in Virginia. The garden, which was as prolific as ever through July, pretty much stopped in its tracks. Corn stopped plumping up. Tomato plants withered in the 90 degree heat. Only the hot peppers thrived.

Finally a soaking rain today.

Horses

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It’s not all just art and music around here. In fact, there were more horses this weekend than anything else.

Willie cam

Willie cam

Riding around the garden, again?!

Riding around the garden, again?!

Willie cam.  Paloma, Puck, and Amy.

Willie cam. Paloma, Puck, and Amy.

Who's that?

Who’s that?

Paloma and Amy

Paloma and Amy

Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

Plan. Implement.

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The best laid plans.

Implemented (now with more vegetables and minor improvements!)

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