Growing like…weeds

Canada or wild yellow lily. Photo: Paul Siskind

Canada or wild yellow lily. Photo: Paul Siskind

Gardens are going full tilt boogie now and your photos are coming in daily. So, I thought I’d add an extra garden report this week. In spite of wet weather and limited hot sunny days, the moisture has helped most plants (okay, and slugs, too) and the warmer temperatures are starting to work on tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.

Thought we’d start with this photo of a Canada or wild yellow lily–because flower gardening is as much a part of the summer as growing vegetables.

In Norwood, Paul Siskind has a passion for growing lilies, particularly those native to the Northeast. He’d been on the hunt for the Canada lily for several years, it flowered for the first time this summer. “Now you can see why I’ve been so obsessive about getting them; they were worth the hassle.”

Photo: Marilyn Burns

Photo: Marilyn Burns

 

Some years ago, over on Raquette Lake, Jeffrey Sellon found a solution to the lack of sun for gardening when your house is located in the middle of a forest. His floating greenhouse has been featured in Adirondack Life magazine and other regional media. Jeffrey’s wife Marilyn Burns heard me ask for garden photos and sent these along.

Tomatoes, mache, chard…all going great inside the floating greenhouse.

 

 

 

Beans. Photo: Marilyn Burns

Beans. Photo: Marilyn Burns

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Tomatoes. Photo: Marilyn Burns

 

 

 

 

 

Kale. Photo: Marilyn Burns

Kale. Photo: Marilyn Burns

Mache. Photo: Marilyn Burns

Mache. Photo: Marilyn Burns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, back on land, we had an update from Cassandra Corcoran, who sent in some photos from her garden earlier this summer. Here’s how her garden is doing now.

From the soggy soils of Monkton, Vermont. The earth still provides. Photo: Cassandra Corcoran

From the soggy soils of Monkton, Vermont. The earth still provides. Photo: Cassandra Corcoran

Potatoes, beans, St. Johns wort, onions, roses, kale. Photo: Cassandra Corcoran

Potatoes, beans, St. Johns wort, onions, roses, kale. Photo: Cassandra Corcoran

Laura Perry in Parishville weighed in with these photos from her garden. I’m totally impressed with the purple kohlrabi. Really big, really early, really beautiful.

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Photo: Laura Perry

And in this one, Laura’s kids have started pulling carrots.

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Photo: Laura Perry

It’s getting wild and crazy out there in gardening land. Keep those photos coming. I’ve replaced early spinach with some other greens, and early salad greens with another planting of beans. What successive crops are you into right now?

Keep the photos coming: ellen@ncpr.org

 

 

 

 

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