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Giveaway Contest! Enjoying Summer, Planning for Fall

To win this collection, please see contest rules below. To win this collection, please see contest rules below.

Giveaway! The new cookbook from Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Beekman 1802 is out! In addition to giving away 4 copies of their Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook we've put together a Grand Prize Giveaway Package filled with things to help you enjoy peak summer and plan for your fall garden. Details for entry below! Thanks so much for all the wonderful entries! We are contacting the five randomly chosen winners this week!

We often think of peak summer in the garden as the culmination of months of work leading to the best harvests of the year. And this is where a good cookbook becomes an extension of your garden. Cookbooks are as useful as a good harvest knife or harvest trug. Harvesting, cooking, and eating fresh in the summer are certainly a big part of the story, but not the whole story. While we enjoy the fresh fruits of labor, we also start putting up preserves and freezing the garden bounty in July. As garlic, peas and onions come out of the ground, we fill the space with seeds that will become winter root roasts. As we finish off the dregs of last year's preserves, we clean the cupboards and dust off the canning equipment in anticipation of bounty.

To help you enjoy the summer harvests and plan for your fall garden, we've put together this cookbook giveaway and compiled our favorite posts on this theme:

Planning for Fall Bounty

Enjoying Summer, Planning for Fall has a seed starting calendar for mid-late summer.

Planning for an Abundant Fall is a how-to on fall garden planning and planting.

20 Seeds to Sow in Summer gives a quick list of varieties you might want to have plenty of.

Harvesting Your Bounty

Are We There Yet? Detailed how-to on harvesting for peak flavor and yield.

Check out Tips for Vegetable Harvesting for harvest technique.

Preserving Your Bounty

Read Preserving the Summer to find out which method is right for you.

Beekman-1802-Heirloom-Cookbook_grandeEnjoying It All! Enjoying Summer, Planning for Fall Giveaway Contest

To enjoy it all, the harvests, the work, the heat, we're giving away 4 copies of the Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell plus one Grand Prize Giveaway collection featuring the cookbook plus a collection of seeds to sow now, Bug Away all natural bug spray to make working more pleasant, Kaleidoscope Carrot soap to help clean up, a folding garden knife for all your harvesting and cutting needs, and a versatile TubTrug to tote it all around!

To enter, please let us know in the comments below how you are enjoying summer and preparing for fall! Contest ends 7/15/2014. 

 

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Purple Peacock Broccoli

Purple Peacock Broccoli

Show stopping crisp and sweet purple-headed broccoli with tender kale-like leaves.

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Agribon AG-19 Row Cover Cut to Length - 83 Inch Width

Fend off pests and frost with this essential organic gardening supply.

Atomic Red Carrot

Atomic Red Carrot

Bright reddish pink carrots on the inside and out! Incredibly sweet when cooked.

Easter Egg Radish

Easter Egg Radish

Pastel and pleasant little egg-sized roots.

125 thoughts on “Giveaway Contest! Enjoying Summer, Planning for Fall”

  • Candice J

    First year gardening and loving it!! Addicting and rewarding! Now planning to plant for the fall! Thanks for all the great info! Reading taking notes and getting ready to plant my fall goodies!

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  • Westminstress
    Westminstress 07/08/2014 at 7:11 am

    Also loving my first (small) garden! Am just getting ready to make space for some fall plants. I have a pack of brilliant beet blend and a pack of ultimate salad bowl .... trying to decide whether to stick with these or go for some broccoli or fall beans. And I plan to try growing fava beans as a winter cover crop.

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  • amanda

    loving how everything is coming into season. i have been succession sowing beans whenever i remove anything from the garden (right now, most peas and lettuces are done). i have spaces opening up in the next few weeks for some fall carrots and beets.

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  • Audrey

    While I'm currently enjoying my garden's summer bounty, I'm also looking ahead to my fall garden. I come from a large Polish family, and our fall traditions are steeped in hearty stews and soups featuring root vegetables, so there will be a fall crop of beets, turnips, parsnips, carrots, etc. Of course, can't forget cabbages for fermenting and winter squashes for soups and desserts! I love the freshness of the summer garden, but always look forward to the earthy, warm comfort food that the fall garden provides.

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  • Judy Thomas

    I am canning peaches, making sorbet and preparing some garden beds for fall greens. I am keeping my cukes picked. It is very dry here, so careful watering is also important!

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  • Sara

    I just harvested my onions and garlic and I'm deciding what to plant in their place for fall.

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  • Paula

    After years of thinking about it, I made part of my garden into 3 sisters, using Glass Gem corn, 4 kinds of pole beans, and melons. It's a literal riot just now but seems to be doing fine. I won't have room to put fall crops in that section, but I have another spot where the rabbits have cleared out everything I've tried to plant. So - I'm going to plant root crops there along with a fence! Beets, more carrots, broccoli.

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  • Patty

    This summer has been a rainy one, but enjoying not having to lug around the garden hose. I have a new pallet composter started and enjoying the berries that have finally established. My Monarch station saw it's first butterflies this weekend! A ton of song birds have made their way to my backyard. The fall planning I have is to save seeds and get some transplanting in along with an entire fall garden with a new item, endive!

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  • Larissa

    I'm enjoying my veggies and herbs this summer. I'm a little behind preparing for fall, but I live in California so we are spoiled and can grow a bunch!

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  • Cremilda

    I think I enjoy gearing up for fall crops the best. Flea beetles are not an issue, nor is bolting. In addition to spring vegetables I plant a lot of garlic so that I have lots of space available for fall plantings come summer. I love greens and root vegetables and I'll try to overwinter as many as possible under cover.

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  • taryn

    We expanded our garden this year and all of our squashes and cucumbers are taking over - but beautifully so. Looking forward to planting fall peas and Brussels sprouts as well as planting cover crops over the winter.

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  • Ann-Marie Gillett
    Ann-Marie Gillett 07/08/2014 at 8:35 am

    No woodchucks, no tomato hornworms( so far!) and enough rain have made my garden flourish. The germination rate for your seeds has surpassed all wishes. The red noodle beans are now eagerly twining around the trellis, the sunflowers line the south side of our house, and the ultimate salad bowl greens live up to their name! Can't wait to replant when things are done.

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  • Scott

    I especially like the early season greens. But then it seems like such a long wait for fresh garden tomatoes...

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  • Joanne Duval
    Joanne Duval 07/08/2014 at 8:54 am

    Loving the garden this year. My favorite: Spotted Trout Lettuce. Also loving the Dino Kale and Blue Lake Pole Beans. I am planning to Fall plant thanks to all your good advice. Keep it coming!

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  • Chris P

    As I kneel to pick the weeds in the summer heat, I reflect on the gardens I have left behind and wonder if they are in good hands. As a young professional I have moved from rental house to rental house leaving behind a wake of soil that is just about to reach perfection. Will they be maintained or leveled into a monoculture of green blades. The advantage of this life is I can keep recreating upon original designs and adding things I missed or modifying deigns that didn't succeed. I look forward to the coming months, while munching on some fresh greens. Will I attempt the cold frame or small hoop house that is in my dreams? Will it be sturdy enough to take on old man winter? These are my thoughts as I meditate in my edible jungle, the wide open pasture of life lies ahead...

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  • Lynda Pollock
    Lynda Pollock 07/08/2014 at 9:21 am

    I usually go to ground at the height of summer - sneaking out to weed and pick vegies before 7 AM because it is excessively hot and humid in the south. Fall becomes my peak gardening season - and this year as a newly retired person - I can actually put some time and energy into our fall garden. I even added to my seed collection from the artist series with more seeds that will go into the fall garden - we found them at the Coastal Maine Botanic garden last month. Can't wait to work out the fall garden - loving the current tomatoes and squash (so far no vine borers)!!! Plan to try carrots, spinach, and other fall goodies in August for fall harvest. Of course - there are advantages to living in the south - a second planting of bush beans and squash/zucchini. I also found some great ideas for displaying the the artistic seed packets at the Coastal Maine Botanic gardens - Can't wait for fall!

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  • Rebecca Crist
    Rebecca Crist 07/08/2014 at 9:25 am

    My first two Breadseed poppies bloomed without me! But this weekend I finally got to see it in all it's glory and the first seed heads are developing nicely. My tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are getting ready to fruit and my first Van Gogh minature sunflower is beautiful. I've started collecting my calendula and nasturtium seeds for next year and looking over bulbs for planting this fall. I wonder if I can find some room for some fall peas...?

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  • deborah motylinski

    Summer is still in full swing by me. I shall begin planting broccoli, cauliflower and kale in another week or so.
    My corn was planted four times and the birds ate it each time. Finally, I planted corn in flats and it is now ready
    to set out and should be in my tummy around Labor Day.

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  • J. Marie Thomas
    J. Marie Thomas 07/08/2014 at 9:44 am

    Weeding, watering, eating, sharing!

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  • Pat

    With four new raised beds built lovingly by my husband (at least I hope they were), I've got an amazing Virginia garden. Abundance for sure! Not harvesting much yet as was late getting planted, but will have a great late summer and fall! Lots of Hudson Valley seeds in the mix. Thanks for the great varieties that you offer.

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  • mike s

    Garlic just pulled
    Preparing the broccoli and cauliflower to replace it.

    And as always looking for more space to plant.

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  • Mary

    For the first time I planned to rotate crops in some kind of rationale way. So onions, mustards, and radishes have been pulled for a while except for a couple of plants for seed-saving. I put in the hot weather summer crops like Chinese broc, eggplant, okra, pole beans and peppers. Some Asian squash and melons are doing fine with plenty of blossoms but one small kambocha has two fruit but no more blossoms. I am anticipating the squash borer invasion that usually hits my yellow summer squash and zukes. I wish I had a good solution for that. I am using some epsom salts for the first time on tomatoes and peppers and any plants with yellowing leaves. For fall I am starting to think about putting in radishes, tatsoi, lettuce, collards and cabbage. I am wondering about a cover crop I can turn back easily into the soil in the spring.

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  • Laurie

    I am loving summer! My tomatoes are healthy, my peas are tall, and my potatoes are blooming. I am drawing my rotation map for next year's garden so I can properly prep the beds for the winter.

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  • Bonni

    I'm still into summer gardening!! Did I lose a month? Mulching, pruning and thinking about more butterfly friendly blooms. also have my mind tuned to bees and birds but I've no more room! Time to thin and give away as well as extend some areas. I now have sun where before i lived in shade (Trees taken down across the road). My west exposure is unfettered so in come those welcoming blooms and medicinal!! And did i say MULCHING?!?!

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  • Jason Almonte
    Jason Almonte 07/08/2014 at 10:44 am

    I was traveling for work all spring and early summer, so I got a late start on my spring planting, so just started with a round of petunias this year. I have spent my summer out on the patio enjoying them with my family. Now that I am home and since I feel like I missed out on my spring planting, I am looking forward to my first year of fall planting. I can't wait to get started this weekend. Fourth of July BBQs always wreak havoc on weekend gardening plans. :-)

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  • Melissa

    First year planting a seed vegetable garden, and not only am I killing it (in a positive way), I keep getting more and more plants. I may have enough cucumbers this year. Thanks for all the tips!

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  • Solveig Hanson
    Solveig Hanson 07/08/2014 at 11:03 am

    In my new life as a student, I have a community garden plot that has so far yielded lots of radishes, bags full of garlic scapes, some wild arugula, and luscious raspberries. Tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are setting fruit now, and beets are starting to look like beets. It never stops being exciting to watch these plants turn into food! A fall planting of beans, beets, greens, and peas will go in later this week. Thanks for the great newsletters and seeds!

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  • Grace

    Just had our first fava beans ever, and plan on doing more seedings of beets and carrots soon!

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  • Cheryl

    I am enjoying my summer by trying to stay cool! It is regularly over 100, even over 110 here so the garden veggies are not enjoying their summer like I am. My veggies are dreaming of the fall with cooler temps!

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  • Cliff

    I've been vegetable gardening for several years and can't get over the germination rates of your seeds! I've got the best looking lettuce I've ever grown. Looking forward to planting for fall. So many choices. So little space!

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  • Betsy

    I garden a small deck space, maybe 6'x10'. This year I made a terrible mistake--I accidently bought 100 lbs. of topsoil instead of potting soil--and I wasn't about to carry it back down three flights of stairs and carry another hundred pounds of the good stuff back up! So all my plants are growing slooowly. The tomatoes are budding and setting fruit in slow motion; the nasturtiums never made it up at all. The morning glories and moonflowers actually like the stuff and seem to thrive, but the snapdragons are miniatures this year. Cilantro is on its third crop, as is basil; we use a lot of these herbs. The red peppers are the slowest growers of all. They're still in their peat pots, though I guess I could transplant them now, since they're just sitting still. I'll try to dig up some regular soil later this week and tote it up to mix with the topsoil (which comes with a warning that it shouldn't be used alone, but mixed with regular soil 50/50). Next year I'll probably follow the instructions. Probably.

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  • Carol

    Cool weather in Door County has prevented garden from growing much this year. Hoping to get a tomatoe by fall. My potatoes have lots of leaves and seem to like the cool weather. Cherry picking at the Orchards is still two - three weeks away. But, it is great to see what growth we have had. Thankfully this is our 3rd year planting in raised beds.

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  • Tony Pisano

    I have a garden at home and space in the community garden. I have done succession plantings of peas and beans and will plant more carrots and a few other vegetables for fall harvest. Should also be extracting some honey. We have already frozen peas. Looking forward to doing tomato sauces and fruits.

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  • Regina

    I am thrilled to be watching my cucumber blossoms turn into cucumber fruits--the last few years I've gardened it was in a place with exhausted soil, poor lighting conditions and pandemic diseases. Now I'm gardening in new raised beds with wonderful fresh soil and seeing the difference it makes! I can hardly keep up with harvesting my basil, I'm on round two of radishes (French breakfast, yum!), the lettuce, kale and chard are beautiful and somehow not being eaten by the local fauna, tomatoes are just on the verge of ripening, and so much more. Fall preparations will include eating all of this stuff to make room for new kale and chard plantings, plus other things yet to be decided upon...

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  • Cheryl

    I am enjoying Summer after one of worst Winters here in MN ever. And June was nearly the rainiest ever! So far no potato bugs, am eating Swiss Chard, lettuces, basil, parsley, beets, green onions, and LOTS of broccoli Piracicaba from HVSL.

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    • IJ richter

      Keep thinking I'm getting too old to work at gardening. Then I think about how much I enjoy it and look forward to harvest. I'm getting my canning supplies in order so I can preserve the "fruits of my labor".

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  • Mary

    Got off to a bit of a rocky/late start. But now everything is growing and I am loving it. My peas are the best I ever had and now I can not even consider buying them from the store again. I am already thinking for next year when I should be thinking about fall.

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  • mary s

    i'm enjoying summer by eating kale chips while waiting for my tomatoes to get going. i love your seeds and am excited to try some flower bulbs this fall!

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  • Matt Rettig
    Matt Rettig 07/08/2014 at 4:03 pm

    Trying to keep ahead of the weeds, planning to convert another patch of ground into critter-proof garden space. Turning the compost to make sure it becomes nice soil next year. And still reading up to crack the code of starting plants from seed--I'm 0-for-2 years so far, but I'm determined! I'd love to sow some good hearty fall crops!

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  • Nadine

    This summer is the first time I have ever spent time in our garden, so I have spent it learning about what flowers and shrubs we currently have growing it. This is giving me an opportunity to investigate what I will be purchasing from you for next year and where I will be planting it. I have also planted a very small herb garden, which I have been using as I expand my cookery horizons! (However, I have learned that I need to plant it in a space that I can reach more easily than where it is right now!!!!)

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  • Linda

    Just knowing that I will soon be moving away from this furnace wasteland we call Texas and returning to my home state of New York makes the summer ore tolerable. I look forward to planting your seeds in the rich black loam of home.

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  • Gary Marder
    Gary Marder 07/08/2014 at 5:17 pm

    I'm window gardening this summer, looks like I'll get some peppers and Grape tomatoes. Already had lettuce and radishes. I'll replant lettuce and radish for the fall.

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  • MARY

    I believe Gertrude Jekyll also said something along the lines of, "....the first fifty years you garden, the next fifty you get it right." I'm trying to get it right but think I may run out of time.

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  • Nancy

    This is my first year planting vegetables and flowers, and my second year of growing medicinal herbs. I am succession planting my greens: rainbow chard, a gorgeous fancy lettuce, spinach, and arugula, which never made it the first planting because of flea beetles (bane of the garden this season!). Just put in my carrots last week, in anticipation of a fall harvest. And I am keeping a watchful eye on my four pumpkin plants, with a plan to making my Brother a pumpkin pie when he comes to Massachusetts to visit me from his home in Florida in October. The pumpkin patch (humble as it is) is also planted with a variety of sunflowers. I can't wait to see them bloom, and to watch the pumpkins arrive. Meanwhile, my life is weeding and watering! And taking photographs of the pollinator-friendly flowers at all stages of growth. Wishing everyone a bountiful harvest, and joy in the process.

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  • Lana

    I've been harvesting peas and lettuces, baby beets, herbs, rasberries while plotting death to bunnies and deer. :) Since I overplanted my garden I am also thinking what can I pull out so I can plant some black radishes. Otherwise, its weeding and hoeing nonstop. :)

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  • Clare

    Watering and checking the garden in the early morning before work is the best way to start a summer day. Had my first garlic harvest - German hard neck. Grilled the scales - delicious!

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  • Karen

    I have just finished picking my blackberries and cutting back the old canes to make room for next years!

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  • Kathy

    Recently I acquired a used greenhouse! Dream! I have started all my beans and cucamelons in the greenhouse before transferring to the garden (what I call my Potager). I take 15 most evenings and just SIT in my garden and let the magic happen - there are birds and bees and dragonflies. Those 15 are always the highlight of my summer. I will be planting more kale and chard for fall, and just planted more basil. I will pan roast my cherry tomatoes and freeze them in jars as well as make freezer pesto. Nothing tastes so good as opening up a jar of the garden during the winter!

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  • Sabrina

    I am harvesting my peas and squash and prepping my fall harvest beds.

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  • Sharon

    I have spent the past two days pulling out peas and garlic, preparing the soil for the next crop of veggies and anxiously awaiting my first ripe tomato (one is almost ready). I will be planting beets, lettuce, kale, chard, collards, spinach and tatsoi in the next week or two and fall garlic, onions and leeks in late October. I have a new garden helper this year, my 4 ½ year old nephew. He was a bit skeptical in the beginning of the summer because he did not quite get it when I said that we had just planted peas. He kept looking for the peas. Not that things have grown he is starting to understand that a plant starts from a seed.

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  • Linda Ouderkirk
    Linda Ouderkirk 07/09/2014 at 8:04 am

    Nothing better than after a long ,hot day at work, coming home , pouring a glass of wine and perusing my gardens.

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  • Jennifer

    This is my first year with a garden. It was something that I wanted to start with the kids. We planted a few tomato, pepper and cucumber plants. This has been a great experience to watch the kids get excited with the progress of the vegetables. We have just started getting some vegetables from the garden. Can't wait to make it even bigger next year.

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  • Kristin Venable
    Kristin Venable 07/09/2014 at 8:05 am

    I have been struggling with my vegetable garden since we moved to West Texas. But been enjoying my time with my husband, baby girl, and baby girl number two on the way! Also happy that my step son is staying with us for the summer from college. A full house indeed!!! :)

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  • Jodi

    I'm loving my makeshift garden! I had an old split rail fence that I built planters on the top row and now have my tomatoes and peppers growing in! There's beans in a tiered planter and peas in my perennial garden .... winter squash in another perennial garden. I live in the village so it's a "stick it where you can" kind of situation! I'm looking forward to a nice crop of squash to hold me over the winter months and some yummy canned tomatoes. Here in CNY you've got to get prepared early - already have 1/2 my winter wood stacked - the rest to follow w/in the next 6 weeks! Good luck everyone!

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  • kristin

    Just harvested peas, lettuce, kale and chard! Tomatoes just starting to ripen... and can't wait for zucchini!

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  • Debra

    Enjoying the bounty from local Farmers Market! Now I have the urge to plant my own garden and get my hands dirty.

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  • Cheryl Sleeth
    Cheryl Sleeth 07/09/2014 at 8:11 am

    After spending several hundred dollars putting up a 5 foot fence to surround my garden, because strands of electric would not keep the deer out, I am so sadden to say that this year, in more years than I can remember, my garden is horrible. We had a very wet spring, and so far summer is no different! I've been scoping out Farmer Markets to buy what my sad garden is not producing!! There's always next year!

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  • Charity

    I'm still in the research stage of starting a patio garden. My father worked alongside a professor in the Navy in the 70's and they developed various formulas for growing plants in record time. He studied hydroponics, which I feel is a great way to help sustain our food supply in America. I figure the green thumb is in my DNA, so I'm going for it! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm focusing on growing mainly herbs.

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  • Brittany

    This year we planted our first raised gardens and it is awesome! I love being able to just walk outside and pick fresh tomatoes, squash, basil or any other veggies we have planted, and cook them right up for dinner. I don't mind the weeding and watering because it is so relaxing to just be in the zone. I am preparing for fall by finding recipes to can pickles, jalepenos and okra to use later on in the year and by continuing to garden and deciding what would be best to plant in this crazy Texas weather!

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  • Colleen

    Love to Garden everything is growing good while I wait for the Vegetables to come I plan some thing different to can with my vegetables besides the normal beans for winter last year I made Carrot Cake Jam yum doing again

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  • Peppin

    We have a very small container vegetable garden on our front steps. The tomatoes will be ready in a few weeks; we are very, very excited for sun gold tomato season. We have already harvested green beans and herbs. Bugs got the kale before we could eat it.

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  • Leigh

    I'm enjoying the summer by spending time with my family and friends. I've been teaching my children about planning, building and maintaining a garden. I'm learning more about canning and preserving. I'm looking forward to my Fall garden. What a great giveaway!

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  • Michelle Thayer
    Michelle Thayer 07/09/2014 at 8:20 am

    Enjoying summer by picking blackberries! Planning for fall by cleaning out the house while the weather is still nice.

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  • Katie

    This is our first summer in our new house, and I'm SO pleased with the soil and light in the backyard - we have tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, onions, zucchinis and more all thriving. The neighbors have more tayberries than they can handle, so I've already picked a bunch and made jam. And canned my first batch of bread & butter pickles of the season. It's going to be a great summer, and looking forward to planting more leafy greens as we get though the hot months.

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  • Teri

    My daughters and I are enjoying the bounties of spring and early summer while we wait for the colors of autumn.

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  • Rick Cruz

    Soil prep soil prep soil prep for us and keeping what is green now alive . Lots of watering

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  • Joyce Birchard
    Joyce Birchard 07/09/2014 at 8:31 am

    We had a very cold winter here in Minnesota. So everyday that the son is shinning and the flowers are blooming is like haven to me.

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  • Todd E.

    We have our first ever garden planted this summer. So far, we've harvested radishes, lettuce, and kale, but are looking forward to our summer squash, tomatoes, and peas! Can't wait to start our fall squash soon

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  • Brittany

    We made our first raised garden this year and it is awesome! I love being able to go to the back yard and pick fresh tomatoes, squash or basil and cook it right up for dinner. I don't mind the weeding or the watering because I find it very relaxing to just get in the zone. I am preparing for fall by getting recipes ready to can pickles, jalapenos and okra to use later on in the year. We are also planning on continuing our garden, so we are deciding what would be best to plant in this crazy Texas weather!

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  • Tracie

    We are still waiting for contractors to finish so we haven't been able to do any gardening right now. However we will at least have Shepard hooks with annuals soon and are building the elevated beds for next year's vegetable garden. We have 4 dogs who eat a TON of vegetables and we are hoping to be able to grow vegetables not only for us but to be able to can and freeze a bunch for the "kids"!

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  • Sara

    We have a lot of herbs right now and hoping for some pumpkins by the fall, baby steps :)

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  • Kay Austin

    I have always has a big garden especially growing up. After my divorce I lost my house with my big yard and moved to a smaller house with a very small yard.y oldest daughter and I love to garden together. We have been in this house for three years but not able to plant a veggie garden. We have created a beautiful flower garden though. So this year I decided to plant on a bank on the side of my driveway it is hard to walk on but it gets the best sun. My backyard is just woods I am so happy to report we have tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, leafy lettuce and squash. Nothing like a home grown tomato for my tomato sandwiches. This is the best year at our home!

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  • Teresa

    I planted an herb garden & I am really enjoying the fresh herbs. The basil is out of control! I am looking forward to planting more lettuce in the fall - we need cooler weather!

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  • sarah auzina
    sarah auzina 07/09/2014 at 8:59 am

    I'm enjoying my first herb garden, even though it's still too small to harvest from! Lesson learned; start the seedlings a lot ealier next spring! I'm looking forward to finally tasting some of the basil!

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  • Juli

    I love fresh veggies, the Fab Beekman Boys and baby goats, so yay for Summer and waiting patiently for all things pumpkin in the Fall!

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  • Marianne M

    I have been canning jam, for the first time, this summer. Twenty pints of organic strawberry/honey and ten half-pints of organic blueberry/honey ... with more to come! I also just received my new pressure canner in the mail yesterday! Excited to can veggies, salsa, barbecue sauce, dilly beans, pickles and more this summer and fall !!

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  • Ellen

    As always enjoying the bounty from the garden - and it is plentiful! I have been very busy pulling all of the competing weeds but it sure makes the garden grow better. This year we have tackled the bamboo that invades our berry patch. What a difference it makes when it gets cut down!

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  • Michele

    Harvested garlic, onions , lettuce and cucumbers today. Tomatoes and zucchini are doing great. Want to plant a fall garden for the first time, would like to over winter some kale. Planted seeds from a giant pumpkin (1500#) can't wait to see how big it gets, doing great so far.

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  • Melissa

    This summer, I am tending a small patch on rental property, and another at a residence, emphasizing tomatoes this year (there is basil, a few tomatillos, blueberries and strawberries, too). I keep reminding myself that while I swelter in the heat, that the tomatoes love it… Also, volunteering at the local arboretum in order to expand my horticultural knowledge and palette. Preparing for fall? I'm preparing for my last year of graduate school studying Landscape Architecture, which requires a silly amount of computer attention, by getting as much outdoors, cooking, brewing and gardening therapy before I return. I have enjoyed following you guys throughout the years (more recently learned of the 1802 boys). Cheers!

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  • Risa Golding
    Risa Golding 07/09/2014 at 9:53 am

    I planted a garden with heirloom tomatoes, 10 Chile plants, many herbs, cukes and nasturtiums. I'll dry the cilantro seeds so I'll have coriander seed 4 the rest of the year and I'll make sauce and salsa with the veggies and chiles.

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  • Gregory Gibson
    Gregory Gibson 07/09/2014 at 10:06 am

    After moving to Abington Massachusetts in 2011 my husband and I joined the free community garden sited on a derelict dairy farm. Here we set learning to grow from seed as many varieties of vegetables as possible. Because it is the Northeast we strive to get a head start on the growing season, as best we can, by sowing seeds in saved egg cartons starting in February. It has been a learning process and I will never underestimate the fortitude of farmers. We've also recently begun doing our own home brewing making beers from scratch. We've made a batch of India Pale Ale ( which was quite good!) and are currently fermenting a lager we hope to enjoy in two months time. Beer making and small scale farming have helped us to connect with our community and given us great appreciation for the time and effort required before we are able to enjoy the bounty of our harvest. Happy growing everyone.

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  • jalarson

    weeding the bed and starting to put up the bounty of summer to enjoy in the fall and beyond!

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  • LMM

    I have been making easy coconut milk "ice creams" with all the different herbs from my garden. Now, I am thinking of how to turn my fall harvest into some delicious desserts!

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  • darcell brown
    darcell brown 07/09/2014 at 11:09 am

    Just bought a home so we are excited about gardening. We did mostly container gardening and still do but looking to branch out. ha!
    Fall is a lovely time here in michigan. Cant wait! Might try late summer to plant some punpkins. Love josh and brent !

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  • Susan Little
    Susan Little 07/09/2014 at 11:44 am

    My heirloom Roma tomato has grown so large I need a longer stake for support. Can't wait for the tomatoes to ripen.

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  • Mindy

    I'm enjoying watching what all those tiny seeds have become and literally seeing the fruits of our labor. My children are loving every minute of our tiny "farm," too and I love to see that gardening is contagious. This fall I plan on putting in a fruit tree as well as some beets and greens. We are also excited to get our first eggs from our three new hens!

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  • Shannon

    We planted, and are already harvesting, from our pico de gallo/marinara sauce garden. I hope to get enough to can for the majority of the year!! Fingers crossed!

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  • Judi Brinegar
    Judi Brinegar 07/09/2014 at 2:31 pm

    Keeping a close watch on my tomatoes and bell peppers and harvesting as needed. I continually think of new ways to preserve them for warm earthy winter dishes. Bring it on Autumn!

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  • Dorothy

    The Baltimore Oriole has been dining at our feeder for the first time ever; really beautiful bird! Also reaping the large Zinnia
    blooms, the Cosmos, and Cleome blooms from seeds planted from Hudson Valley Seed Library. My son and family enrolled me into your seed library. We've been truly Blessed.

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  • Cheryl B.

    I am loving summer, as always. Getting my hands in the dirt, pulling weeds, monitoring plants. I am preparing for fall by pkanting more carrots, peas, beans, lettuce, spinach, kale and more soon.

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    • Diane Svatek
      Diane Svatek 07/09/2014 at 3:54 pm

      We have raised beds for veggies and a large back portion of the garden is devoted to blueberry bushes and raspberries. A big project for this year was to put down landscape fabric covered with wood chips from the 6 trees we'd had taken down last year, with the goal of making paths more accessible to my husband's wheelchair, along with the weed control benefits. Putting up a roof of bird netting over the berry bushes is another big project. Getting ready for our daughter's wedding in October, reception in our backyard, means lots of work to keep it looking lovely and fresh, including replanting beans and greens and flowers for fall color.

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  • Diane Svatek
    Diane Svatek 07/09/2014 at 3:45 pm

    We have raised beds for veggies and a large back portion of the garden is devoted to blueberry bushes and raspberries. A big project for this year was to put down landscape fabric covered with wood chips from the 6 trees we'd had taken down last year, with the goal of making paths more accessible to my husband's wheelchair, along with the weed control benefits. Putting up a roof of bird netting over the berry bushes is another big project. Getting ready for our daughter's wedding in October, reception in our backyard, means lots of work to keep it looking lovely and fresh, including replanting beans and greens and flowers for fall color.

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  • Marcy

    I don't have a garden yet. We are closing on our home in a week, so I am hoping to plant some things in the raised gardens. Going to some u-pick places soon in hopes to get a little canning done.

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  • Amy Tiggleman
    Amy Tiggleman 07/09/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Camping, road trips, ukulele playing, and eating tomatoes and fresh basil right out of our garden! Once fall comes.....more road trips, a season of squash, more tomatoes ( Tucson affords another season!) and yard sales!

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  • Raymond Stazzone

    When I am not weeding the gardens daily, milking our goats, collecting eggs from the chickens, watering the ducks, training the llamas and running with sheep, I take time to enjoy my family grow as we love off the land.

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  • T.

    We just moved so the summer is about building new raised beds and creating the garden space. I'm looking forward to fall planting!

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  • Linda Leonardi
    Linda Leonardi 07/09/2014 at 5:47 pm

    Working hard on opening up my little vintage antique and unique shop in an Antique mall. I am planning for fall, by saving every penny I earn so I can attend the Harvest Festival in Sharon Springs New York.

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  • Stancey

    There is such an extraordinary appreciation for summer in Southern California, beautiful warm and sun filled long days with constant ocean breezes. Unfortunately little land but we are an inventive group! I am a random gardener here and have two excitable assistants, my young grandsons who pick tomatoes before they are ripe, stomp the mint and watch the ripening Asian Pears on our little tree with their binoculars. Best part is sharing our little crop at a lazy lunch under the canopy of our pepper tree. Truly a summer for any age.

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  • Susan O'Donnell
    Susan O'Donnell 07/10/2014 at 1:00 am

    Hard to think of summer as just preparing for fall! Both seasons are a treat in the garden because you get to taste the first tomato you pick from your garden and the smell and the sweet tang are just bursting with summer! Then in September we are STILL picking tomatoes-last year we harvested them into October! Some went into homemade marinara and others were enjoyed as Caprese salad. Oh- there's other vegetables too ( ;

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  • Kathi Cook

    I am preparing for the fall and winter by growing hard neck garlic to use all winter and a late crop of carrots which I harvest for Thanksgiving dinner.

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  • Sadie B.

    I am enjoying summer with my family. The kids like picking beans and peas from the garden. I am preparing for fall by a side compost bin that will be added to the garden in the fall.

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  • Ashling Kelly
    Ashling Kelly 07/10/2014 at 4:00 am

    Fall gardening? I feel like I'm only just getting Summer gardening under way! Trying square foot gardening for the first time, and loving the harvests getting under way!

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  • Lisa H.

    I wait all winter to get started in my garden! Tried lots of new things like kale, collards and carrots this year! Reading this blog is getting my mind working on what to start for the fall!! Love my garden wish I could do it year round! <3

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  • Cary Bradley
    Cary Bradley 07/10/2014 at 4:31 am

    Am loving finally getting then hang of growing in New England after a long gardening life in Southern California where timing was never an issue. You guys are the greatest help to me and I want to thank you again for your lovely seeds, and helpful posts regarding when to plant what here in the Northeast. I'm excited to have one of your Clear Dawn onions flowering now! Let it overwinter and hope to collect seeds for next year. Thanks!!! Your Ragged Jack is my favorite kale, and I grow 4 different varieties. This summer I'm planning to start brassicas now for fall, hoping the critters are not so aggressive as they are in the spring. Going now to reread your posts on exactly what to plant now. The garlic bed will be vacant soon and need to plug something in there. Oooohhh!!!! Thanks for that gorgeous Japanese Ohno Red turnip! Planted it side by side with a purple top white turnip and both rows sprouted very well, but were decimated by bugs early in season. I thought all was lost, but enough survived that I have a find row, needing no thinning! Can't wait to try the lovely heirloom Ohno turnip! :)

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  • Katie

    Moved to a new climate over the summer...doing research about what of plant! Thanks for the resources!

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  • Diana H

    Enjoying the summer with hiking, biking, outdoor concerts, picnics and of course gardening. Yesterday I harvested the last of our peas, the first favs beans I've ever grown, lettuce and basil. I picked, pitted and froze a colander full of Monmorency cherries and made a batch of apricot jam. This morning we'll have the first black raspberries in our cereal. I also need to pick red currents and make a few small treasured jars of our favorite jam, luckily the berries keep on the bushes for quite a while. Garlic should be dug soon............too much to do, I love summer!

    This year I'm going to start some spinach and lettuces under the grow lights in our basement to plant out for Fall. The temperatures in our front range city typically go too quickly from 90s to freezing to get great fall crops so I'm hoping this Will allow us to extend the season.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Heather

    I always love the first pest of the summer and using it on all my garden veggies. For fall, gonna try canning some tomatoes and more kale!

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  • Ginger

    Lots of grilling on the bbq and pickling my cucumbers

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  • Jenifer W

    I'm enjoying my summer garden plot immensely. My husband and I rent a space in an all-organic community garden, and it's our first year. We're so pleased with how large our Sun Gold tomato plant has gotten -- it's six feet tall and almost as wide. Because we're new to gardening, we're not sure what to do in the fall, so we need some inspiration! I'd love to try preserving some of our veggies and herbs.

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  • nikki

    Most days I am tending a small garden and watching kids play in the sprinkler. I joined a csa for our first time and I'm always amazed at the amount of produce each week. We are tasting new things and I am already putting up pickles for later, drying leafy greens and fruits and veggies, and freezing produce as well. I need to rearrange for more pantry space! I'm looking forward to the cooler fall, and preparing to plant fall garden crops this week and next.

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  • Jennifer S

    My first year planting heirloom varieties and I'm loving the results. Trying to get a good harvest so I can do some canning for the winter -- hopefully we have an extended gardening season as I had a late start in the garden this year!

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  • Laureen

    I have a lot of areas to plant after a flood destroyed most of the gardens a few years ago. My friend's garden/farm was on a garden tour in June and that, plus the fact that she gave me many plants, has renewed my drive to focus on gardening again.

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  • Lillian

    This is the first time I've actually *tried* to garden - most years it's more of an experiment; throw some seeds in the dirt and see if anything lives. In previous years, I've resented any work I had to do, grumbling at even checking the garden site every few days and angry that nothing except green beans turned out.

    For some reason, something clicked this year and it's become a fascination instead of a chore. I don't know why, and I never could have predicted it. Even better, I have a bigger site to work in, because the landlords aren't using much of their side this year. The very day they offered the extra space, I planted four rows of peas before sunset.

    I've gotten so into it that I started Googling to see what I could do as a fall planting, and that's how I found this site. I'm really excited to find a resource so close to home (I live in Ballston Lake, NY), and in clicking through I realized that I've actually already bought seeds from you before - through the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany. Small world!

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  • Jennifer

    My spring garden provided great salads and delicious spinach omelets! Recently pulled the shallots and last month's peas were so tasty raw they weren't around long enough to cook. My cutting and pollinator gardens are in full bloom and so far this week's harvest has turned into the best beet salad ever, a medley of grilled carrots and steamed heirloom beans. Next up - multiple varieties of cucumbers, peppers and of course, tomatoes! Working on plans now for the first fall garden I've planted - both at home and for our 2nd grade Fall Soup Garden at school. Working on keeping the yard in bloom and harvest March through November. Each year is a new experiment!

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  • Kat

    It is my first year in-ground gardening - previously I only could have containers. I'm shocked to see tomatoes as tall as me! Hopefully they will taste good too:)

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  • Audrey

    Living the dream day by day. These are the months that keep me hanging on in the dead of Upstate NY winters! Working with 12 raised beds and ever expanding tilled garden spots. Current garden residents are pole beans, bush beans, carrots, potatoes, beets, 5 types of tomatoes, eggplant, celeriac, kale, pumpkin, hot peppers, swiss chard, zucchini and yellow squash. Started my seedlings for the fall garden....butternut, Lakota, acorn, hubbard, delicata and I can't remember what else! Working hard this year to expand the flowers in the garden with pots. I hate loosing the space to the flowers but love seeing them in the garden, so pots have been a great compromise. The best thing I can say about my garden is how beautiful it is to see family and friends are just drawn to it! So many wonderful memories of the sun setting, golden light surrounding us and watching the look on their faces as new comers stand in the middle of the garden. You can see smile spread and see them connect to the earth in ways they have forgotten how to. Then when they get to leave with an arm full of fresh garden bounty, they are amazed. What can I say, I'm an addict to the dirt and want everyone to share my addiction!!

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  • Sandy Smith

    My garden is mostly a "stir-fry" garden. I love to be able to have everything I love in my stir-fry right here. I add some tofu and voila! Awesome dinner! Of course I plant my tomatoes, basil and a few other favorites, too. And I love the Beekman Boys! Because of them I'm trying more heirloom varieties!

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  • Sandy Smith
    Sandy Smith 07/12/2014 at 2:45 pm

    I plant a "stir fry garden" every year so I can collect my veggies, add tofu and voila! Dinner! Add in my "salad garden" and I rarely have to go to the store. The influence of The Beekman Boys have resulted in my trying new heirloom varieties every year. I love it!

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  • Sharon

    Struggling to keep up with weeding this year, happy to finally get straw down around squashes and tomatoes this weekend before the rain. Planting greens and radishes now for fall eating pleasure, malabar spinach just starting to climb, one of my faves!

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  • Michele

    Clearing a piece of ground and ogling fall leafies & brassicas. Thinking of planting asparagus. Not sure exactly how to go about it but consulting websites, including this one, and books. Gardening is the happiest thing in my life at the moment. So rewarding.

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  • Noam

    I am finishing up volunteering on a Northern Catskills farm, my first time working on a proper farm. It has been an incredible experience.

    Now, I am starting fennel, carrots, broccoli, and scallions (apparently everybody not from New Jersey calls them green onions?) in my garden at home.

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  • Katherine

    I'm thinking about long-term crop rotation plans (in my small raised beds!) while trying not to let that planning work delay me from getting going with starting some cool-season brassicas indoors in preparation for fall transplanting.

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  • Katherine

    I am working on my long-term crop rotation plan (in my small raised beds!) while trying not to let that prevent me from getting to starting some cool-season brassicas indoors to be able to transplant this fall.

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  • Donna

    Gardening in the Hudson Valley for the fourth year in this garden. My main focus is to establish perennial edibles. The following all came back this year:collards, salad burdock , thyme, rhubarb,dill,sorrel, red basil, husk cherry tomatoes (yum),oregano, jerusalem artichokes, sea kale, lovage, asparagus and lavender. Looking forward to expanding the selection.

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  • Priscilla

    Well, this summer has been great. This spring (after being inspired by L2Survive's Youtube video "Back to Eden tour") I took a large section of my garden and placed tree mulch down on top of my clay soil. It is definitely starting to pay off. The mulch has absorbed enough water now that I am only watering once a week if that! Now that I am spending less time watering and weeding I can put more energy into designing my future garden and starting my fall crops. I love to grow edibles in my garden that you can't find in stores. I am slowly turning my garden into a permaculture paradise! I have already started some of my fall seed trays. I am really excited to try the Dwarf Blue Curled Kale variety that has already sprouted in my trays. Happy Gardening!!

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