In 2012 the zinnias looked great with brussel sprouts, a combination I should repeat. That year they were visible from our deck. This is the bed with tomatoes and marigolds this year. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE: Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. In this overview the pool garden with perennials is visible in the lower right. The various raised beds are the subjects of this post. The field is full of goldenrod. Our bees are doing poorly with all the rain we have had and hopefully they will get plenty of fall nectar. There is a lot of milkweed in the field but we aren't seeing many monarch butterflies yet. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE: Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. This year calendula and dill accompany the blue green brussel sprout leaves. Lettuce towers up in the middle of the photo. I save the seed from red oak leaf lettuce. Some has been replanted for fall lettuce. Dill hides the pole beans but their structure shows. The ferny foliage of asparagus in the top left is quite beautiful. One of 11 ripening Conn field pumpkins is sprawled on the lawn. The white phlox on the top right is from the pool garden. Broccoli has similar foliage to brussel sprouts and looks almost as pretty. I put in seedlings a few weeks ago when garlic came out of another bed. Their seedlings, along with kale, are still small and not photo worthy yet. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE: Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. I like to grow zinnias so that I have a source for cutting flowers. This year the smaller ones are 'Cut and Come' and the larger are 'State Fair'. I started both from seed this spring under lights (along with many vegetable seedlings). I have found that an Earthbox greatly increases my pepper yield. They camoflage well with the foliage. I have already used and frozen many and have more to come. This bed also has dill, zucchini and summer squash. I was really on top of squash bugs this year, removing egg masses frequently and as a result have healthy plants. To the right tomatoes and marigolds share another bed. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE: Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. Last summer it was dry (note the lawn is brown and there are hoses running to their soaker connections; this summer the vegetables have not been watered at all except when planted). I grew a larger kale along with tomatoes where the zuccnini, etc, are this year. In the foreground is an iris bed. Since iris look pretty bad much of the season, I put in annuals with them. This fall all iris are moving to a new raised bed that is not so visible (this shows from the deck where we sit) and I am thinking of using this bed for herbs, scattered here and there at present, and annuals. I do like bachelor buttons and calendula together. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE: Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. I always grow marigolds with tomatoes. I doubt they help with insect repulsion but they look pretty. These are sunsugar cherry tomatoes, the sweetest tomato I have ever eaten. They ripen to orange. Hornworms are in this crop and I hand pick them daily marveling at what camouflage artists they are. The pole bean garden is to the right. In the left bed are cucumbers (barely visible) and a volunteer pumpkin that overtook more cucumbers. What looks vacant on the left at the far end is where the broccoli ad kale seedlings are, planted a few weeks ago when garlic came out of that bed. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE: Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. In this close-up I realize that 'Bright Lights' Swiss chard deserves a more visible place. Zucchini is behind it with big yellow flowers. The bottom of the cucumber trellis barely shows on the left. They are slow in coming this year. I hope a lot more ripen before it gets cold as I am behind on making pickles. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE: Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. The slicing tomato crop is the best I have had in years. I cleaned out a lot of dead foliage yesterday and the green and red fruit really shows. A sage I grew from seed this year is in the foreground. It's perennial and will move to the new herb bed. There's parsley here, as well, and basil. The basil isn't doing so well. I think it likes more heat than we have had, or maybe it is shaded too much by larger plants. I picked it heavily the other day and am hoping for a comeback. It is planted in another place, too. In the top of the photo is the main pumpkin crop. At the very top left a few of the blueberry bushes are visible. They form a barrier between the pool perennials and vegetable land. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE: Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. Today we're continuing our August tour of Harriet Robinson's garden in Maine with a look at her veggie patch. She says, "My love is ornamental gardening, mostly flowering perennials, but I feel that I should grow vegetables since I am into growing things. Certainly the quality of what I can grow myself is vastly superior to what I can buy so I spend time planting, maintaining, harvesting, and preserving my produce. It is a pretty normal thing to do in rural Maine and a frequent topic of conversation ("How is your garden doing?"). It is also really hard as weather and pests create problems. Two years ago I had zillions of cucumbers and last year not a one. Last year I had too much winter squash and this year both plants withered and died. This is my best tomato crop in years but the cucumbers are so-so. Since the vegetable raised beds are in the same back yard as the formal garden, I try to make them pretty, although they usually turn into jungles. Combining flowers helps them look prettier and attracts beneficial insects. I am completely organic in my methods and I rely heavily on compost and mulch (newspapers covered with leaves and grass clippings. All photos were taken on August 28 except the two from 2012 put in for comparison." For someone who just "feels like she should" grow vegetables, Harriet, your veggie patch is stunning! I love how you've mixed in flowers, and I'm soooooo envious of your tomato crop. This is prime time to take some photos in your garden. So get out there with your cameras and send some in! 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