The Good Stuff Guide
July 28, 2010
I had to show you this gorgeous vegetable garden, which features 6 raised beds for a rotation of assorted vegetables (leeks, sugar snap peas, beans, carrots, tomatoes and tomatillos, etc), a terraced small herb garden, a berry garden with grapes, raspberries, strawberries, and rhubarb; and a raised patio planter for early and late season spinach and assorted lettuces. Whew – hungry yet?...
...The master gardener, Stella Otto says, “It’s all planted in a compact space for easy care/low maintenance and includes trickle irrigation and wood chipped paths. Trellises and other supports provide vertical growing area to make picking easier. Best of all, it’s just steps from my kitchen; adjacent to our brick patio. In the summer I enjoy a sunrise breakfast al fresco overlooking the garden and our 10 acre horse farm. This garden provides for my husband & myself as well as our soon to be college bound teenager. After freezing, canning, and preserving what we need for the winter, we still have plenty to share with friends and neighbors without an excess amount of time and work. Although we have plenty of acreage available, I purposely chose to design the garden for a small compact space to complement our cape cod style home with enclosed yard. The design could easily be used in a small in town or suburban lot.”
And friends, this garden is something to aspire to!
Read the whole article and view the pictures here.
Fresh-picked strawberries are sweet, juicy, and tender—color is about all they have in common with the tasteless, waxy blobs typically found in grocery stores. That's because commercial berries are picked before they're fully ripe so they'll endure shipping across the country. Grow your own, and you have the luxury of harvesting berries when they reach peak ripeness and the pleasure of popping them into your mouth as soon as you please. And when you choose varieties adapted to your region, strawberries are easy to care for, making them a great fruit for organic gardeners—even beginners.
To read more visit organicgardening.com.