Our Three Bed Garden in spring:
Plenty of leafy greens,
radishes, carrots, beets, chard and peas, with alyssum to attract pollinators.
Demonstrating a Succession Garden for Long Harvests
Our simple succession garden design for
Long Summer/Mild Winter Gardens was created to show what can be
done in a small backyard garden in parts of the country where summers are long
and winters are mild without deep frost: USDA zones 8-10 and warmer areas of
zone 7. Last year we planted and took pictures of this garden to show how
productive it can be.
Here is our report.
(Note: If you live in an area where winter starts early and the ground
freezes hard - USDA zones 3-6, see our
Short Summer/ Cold Winter Design.)
Our Three Bed Garden in summer:
An abundance of squash, tomatoes, peppers and beans, along with parsley,
basil, and dill ready for harvest.
Tomatoes ready with straw mulch and tomato fence
Fava Bean "Robin Hood"
June in the Trial Garden
by Lindsay Del Carlo, Trial Garden Manager
We’ve got our tomatoes planted in amended soil, the bed covered with a thick
straw mulch to keep the moisture in, and have our tomato fence all set up. The
Renee's Garden tomato fence method that we came up with a few years ago has proven to be the
most effective. The
plants get to spread out to get good air circulation and full sun. It also makes
harvesting very easy since much of the fruit dangles nicely
from the underside of the trellis. If we anticipate a heat spell, we simply drape a single
layer of white row cover over the front to protect the fruit from burning,
especially if we are growing large heirlooms.
We will be growing English cucumbers using the same method as we do for
tomatoes. The fence will be slightly shorter, and should yield great results.
Cucumbers also need plenty of air circulation so that they do not get bad diseases
like powdery mildew and pests like mites. The fruit will also be kept off of the
ground so that it stays clean and grows straight.
We are starting to harvest pods from our trial of dwarf fava bean "Robin Hood." These
compact plants stay looking beautiful and tidy in the garden because they don’t
fall over - a big plus. The glossy green pods hold many medium sized, tender fava
beans. When lightly steamed until just tender, they make a tasty fava bean
puree, and are also nutty, rich tasting and delicious in a salad or sautéed with
onions and garlic.
Cucumbers ready to be
trellised using the tomato
Harvested Fava Bean pods