Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Ramblings - An August Garden Part II

I was 17 before I ever saw my first vegetable garden.

When you grow up in a New York City housing project, you don't have many opportunities to garden.  But a friend of mine had a grandfather who lived out in the country.  One summer, her family invited me to spend a week with them.  It was an amazing experience.

When I ate homegrown cucumbers for the first time, I couldn't believe that cucumbers had taste.

I loved fresh English peas so much, I got sick from eating too many,right off the vine. 

But, from my earliest years, I longed to grow things.  In my case, it was flowers.  One day, I should blog about my attempts to flower garden on a Bronx windowsill.

So I married a man who loves to veggie garden.

Perfect match!

Today, I want to take you on a little tour of our community garden plots.

We rent two plots in a community garden in Otsiningo Park, just to the North of Binghamton, New York.  If you ever travel north on Interstate 81, wave as you go past.  What you are about to see is about 99% his work and 1% mine.
This is what you may have seen on July 17 (the neat-looking plot behind the tall stuff is NOT our plot).
On the other hand, here's that neat plot, gardened by an Asian gentleman who has been our gardening neighbor for years.

On the right, the Interstate.

Oh, there are flowers in this garden.  Before you get beans, for example, you get flowers. 

We also grow purple beans, and this is what their flowers look like.

 This is what those purple flowers grow into.

Squash on the plant.

I've blogged from time to time about our community garden and I surprise myself that I don't write more.

But you don't have to be neat and weed free to be productive.  Here are some items taken out of our August garden.



And edible plants can be a part of your front yard, too.  Perhaps soon, I will feature a post on how we squeeze in some edibles into our front yard.

No recipes today, but here is a link to one from the past.

Alas, our growing season will be over too soon.  Even if frost is lake, our association packs up our garden the last week of October.

Then, it's good bye for another year.

What are your favorite veggies to eat?


  1. Well, I'm 47 and as of yet have not ever ever ever had a garden with vegetables.
    It's time!!!

  2. I really wish I had a vegetable garden but I live in an apartment complex and there is only enough space for a balcony garden. My parents have a vegetable patch though and I love spending my time there whenever I visit :)

  3. I forgot about those pretty flowers. I was always too impatient to harvest the succulent vegetables.

  4. I've heard that fruits taste better when grown in your backyard. Store bought have no taste. But if that's what you're used to...

  5. I long for a veggie garden in my desert sand of a back yard.

  6. Veggie gardens are so rewarding! I love you have this in your backyard!


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