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The Main Vegetable Garden

June 24th, 2016

Every year I think that the gardens are not coming along as fast as I’d like, then I look at photos from last year and the two years before that. Each year the gardens get better and better. This is exactly why I love to take lots of photos of the garden and the plants I’m growing. Some plants are grown year after year, some are new.
yellow wonder peas
Main Vegetable Garden 6
Main Vegetable Garden 7
Main Vegetable Garden 8
Right now the main garden back behind the barn is looking lovely. It’s filled with tons of flowers this year, something that I’ve never done before. One of my goals was to have a small cutting garden and lots more food for pollinators.
tall snapdragon
spring cassis
tithonia torch
The phacelia cover crop is blooming beautifully and as described, the bees and other pollinators love it. More on this lovely cover crop option in the coming weeks.
lacy phacelia
I also have a small section of the main edible garden that is dedicated to nursery stock. These are plants that I’m growing out to size or monitoring growth rate and features. Working in the main garden is starting to become much more pleasurable. After three years of pulling weeds continuously, I’m finally on top of them and I don’t have to spend much time at all on that chore. Now it’s more about enjoying what’s there and expanding borders to finalize size and layout. Soon there will be hedges, fences, and perennial borders…..stay tuned.

How had your garden changed over the coming years?

4 Comments to “The Main Vegetable Garden”
  1. Misti on June 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I look back over my garden photos and I definitely notice the changes! I still have one bed that I really would like to rework. We haphazardly planted some stuff and we really need to fix it up a little.

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  2. Sara on June 24, 2016 at 11:12 am

    It’s gorgeous! I love watching your progress. Our yard has evolved a lot over the years–this spring I revamped one of my veggie gardens to be more of an ornamental potager (mostly inspired by a lot of books I found here, thanks). One idea was that I would maintain it better if it’s was “prettier” and you know, so far it’s working! :)

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  3. tj on June 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    …Gorgeousness abounds! :o)

    …Beautiful photos!

    …I would love to see an aerial shot of your gardens and how they’re placed and look in conjunction with your home and outbuildings.

    …Peace & blessings. :o)

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  4. Nebraska Dave on June 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Susy, I’ve put a lot of work into Terra Nova Gardens this year. The many hours of toiling over weeding and building is starting to pay off. The sweet corn fortress is fully active. I’ve shored up the bottom of the chicken wire fence and activated the electric fence. I had to turn on the electric fence before the ears even started forming. The rascal raccoons were inside the chicken wire fence just breaking off the stalk just for fun I guess. I’m in the full battle mode and fully ready to take on the most scary raccoon in the forest.

    They are devious little buggers. I set a live trap and was mystified at out they could remove a fruit pie without setting of the trap door. The little buggers were not going inside the trap but were reaching Through the wire cage from the side and pulling the yummy delight out through the side. It’s definitely been a learning process to defeat the wildlife.

    Have a great enjoying the flowers day.

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