Today we’re visiting Meg Cowden’s garden.
We live in the western Twin Cities of Minnesota and enjoy a short and intense growing season. We relish pushing the season to its max and utilize row covers to eke out the most goodness possible of our 150 or so frost-free days. Besides vegetable gardening, growing native plants is another passion, and we have some native prairie plants we brought with us from a previous home. We’ve also overseeded half an acre to native prairie here, which is just establishing.
The garden in snow. The gardening season in Minnesota may be short, but it sure is beautiful.
A harvest of brightly colored Brussels sprouts. Like many greens, Brussels sprouts have the best flavor when grown in cool conditions and so are a great choice for northern gardeners.
This garden feeds humans and monarch butterflies. This future monarch is having a snack on some milkweed.
Freshly harvested garlic!
A handful of bright orange tomatoes just harvested. There is nothing like a sweet, cherry tomato just picked and still warm from the summer sun!
Glass gem corn. This incredibly decorative corn is a variety of popcorn, so it can be popped and enjoyed during a movie in addition to just savoring the brilliant colors of the kernels.
An adult monarch butterfly stopping by for some nectar from the zinnias in the background.
A view of the garden from above. It is a beautiful space, and it is wonderful to see the variety of textures and colors from the different crops. And, key to successful gardening for many of us, a nice tall fence keeps deer and other hungry animals away.
A vine-draped arbor with views of happy vegetables beyond.
The garden in full summer growth, with raspberries, asparagus, corn, and many other crops in view.
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