Donna and Bob Besaw wanted to grow some of their own food, so they rototilled an area behind their house in Vermontville this spring for their first vegetable garden. Luckily for them, the spot had previously been used for a chicken yard and the soil was rich and brown.
Starting with plants supplied by Campbell’s Greenhouse in Saranac, they have rows of cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and broccoli pushing each other aside to grow. Donna says,” I didn’t know how big the zucchini plants would get! I’ve only seen the squash in the store before.” They have already harvested their first peppers, and have had plenty of lettuce, enough to share with friends and coworkers.
Although it was Donna who initially pushed for starting the garden, Bob has been the one to visit it most regularly, keeping the weeds hoed and building a fence to deter a neighborhood woodchuck. Here are a few photos of their lovely vegetables, not bad for a first attempt!