Garden Tour

April 9, 2012 | By | Comments (2)

We're kicking off National Garden Week with a tour of Cooking Light's garden. We’re working with a local farmer to grow a mix of hybrids and heirlooms—everything from arugula to watermelons.

1Overhead

Come July, this bed will be bursting with nearly 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. We’re awaiting the last frost date in mid-April before that pile of compost you see to the right gets worked into the soil and the seedlings are set out. Speaking of seedlings…

2Tomatoes
Here are some of the tee-iny tomato plants that have been sprouting away safely inside the greenhouse.

3herbgarden
Here in the herb garden, the catmint, sage, lavender, and thyme you see in this picture will be joined by 8 varieties of basil, including this red-crested beauty.

4VantagePoint
And here is the swing overlooking the herb and tomato beds. Wish I was there right now.

5Onions
Here in the root-veg bed, the Chiogga, Golden, and Bull’s Blood beets look like they’re coming along just fine. The onions (Red Marble, Cippolini, and Red Torpedo) are an experiment. Apparently, we should have set out seedlings last fall, but Farmer MaryBeth was able to find some still available back in February, so we’ll see if they form full bulbs. Cross your fingers.

OnionBeetCarrotsBed
The items I’m most excited for are the Paris Market carrots. (They’re the little feathery leaves on the left.) They’re reddish and round—more like beets or radishes than carrots. Since they don’t stretch deep down into the soil like traditional full-sized cousins, they can live happily in containers or shallow raised beds.

7PickingRadishes2
Picking the last of the radishes. Our Chinese Red Meats are coming along a bit slower than all the rest—Pink Beauties, Purple Plums, and White Hailstones.

8LettuceBeds
With the radishes ready, it will soon be time to harvest a crop of leafy greens.

9Lettuce2
Or leafy reds.
  10Chicken2
And, in honor of Easter, what garden tour would be complete without a peep!

 

 

COMMENTS

  1. cooking grill

    it really is and must appreciated by all! :)

    April 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm
  2. Mary Beth

    I love that you love our garden spot! Cooking Light is family to me, so who better to be in our backyard? Phillip, you have a fun future of pulling radishes & carrots and gathering eggs. Thanks to everyone at CL for gardening with us!

    April 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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