Like many of our followers, there is simply no place we would rather be than in our garden. Although this has been an incredibly exciting year with the publishing of the book, the book tour, and construction of our home at the farm – it is still the time we get to spend in our garden that we cherish the most.

The garden - our favorite place to be.
The garden – our favorite place to be.


There is something so special about growing your own food. Watching tiny fledgling seeds and seedlings planted in the damp, cold May soil grow to become strong, vibrant and full of the food fills our dinner table for the coming year.

When it comes to the garden this year, the weather has simply been outstanding here in Central, Ohio.  The temperatures have been warm enough, but not too hot – and although it has been a little dry as of late, it seems we always get a little rain when needed. The humid nights have helped our tomato, pepper, cucumber and zucchini plants take off – and the popcorn, potato and beans look as healthy as ever.

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The house is nearing completion – but we still love our time spent in the garden the most!

It is a welcome sight after the last two cool and rainy garden seasons we have had here at the farm. But that is what makes gardening so fun – you just never know what Mother Nature will bring, and it makes those good years all the more rewarding.

With that said, lets take a garden tour in photos through our favorite spot at the farm – our garden, You can find all of the photos of the garden below at the end of the post. We hope you enjoy!  – Jim and Mary

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The OWG Garden Tour in Photos

The view looking in. Our garden is divided into and upper and lower half, with 11 raised rows and 4 raised beds for seed crops on each side, with a 5′ gravel path through the middle. Each season, we rotate the crops so that each variety grows in a new space for 4 years before it is planted in the same soil again. It keeps the soil from becoming depleted, and helps keep insects problems and soil borne disease in check.

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The cucumber crop is starting to heat up. We grow ours in our raised rows and train the growing shoots to fill the aisle space. Although we love all of the pickles and relish that are made from the crop – I think we both still enjoy simply eating them fresh the most!  garden tour

The simple beauty of a cucumber flower

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Much like the cucumbers, the zucchini crop has been flourishing. Two of our plants have grown to about 4′ high and 3′ wide – with a picking of 14 in a single day this past week.


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We are now on our second planting of lettuce, kale and radishes. We now grow these “seed” crops in the raised beds we created at the entrance. It makes weeding and succession planting much easier. I love the look and the taste of the butter crunch lettuce.

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The green bean patch. We grow both Purple and Bush Lake varieties – and both have done well with the nice weather this year. Unfortunately, they have done so well that they attracted the attention of a small bunny that wants to live in them. So far, not much damage – we will have to wait and see…

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Green Beans
The popcorn is just about ready to start to tassel. We grow ladyfinger and strawberry popcorn, and these two full rows will be enough to supply us in popcorn for the year.
The tomatoes are starting to turn! We have already harvested a few of the early turners, but in the coming weeks, all of Purple Cherokee, Black Krim, Mr Stripey and many other heirlooms will begin to roll in heavy.

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The purple cauliflower, basil, peppers, cabbage and potatoes in the garden. The sights and smells in the garden in mid July are many!
Purple Cauliflower
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Cajun Belles
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Potato Crates

And finally, two of my favorite pictures – the garden tomatoes with the house going up in the background, and the compost pile, which is the power behind our entire garden.
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Compost Bin

15 thoughts on “The Vegetable Garden Tour In Photos – Mid-July At OWG Farms

  • July 20, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I’m having an issue with squash worm in my zuccinni plants. Dovyiu gab an organic solution to them.

  • July 19, 2016 at 4:15 am

    I have a problem with powdery mildew in spite of spraying with the milk/water mixture. No sign on your plants.

  • July 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Is this Garden organic? I see no signs of weeds or insects. I have organic garden but it looks more like a tropical jungle with the weeds and bugs

  • July 18, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Beautiful thank you for sharingyou are an inspiration to us all. Question: we have a fence around our garden, how do you keep ground hogs from digging underground and getting into your garden. They destroyed ours this year. Thank you for your response.

  • July 18, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Your garden is beautiful as ever! Your plants all look so healthy and are just thriving! What species of KALE is that in the photo? Have been looking for a tight variety like that but seem to always end up with something else. Enjoy your summer and the fruits of your labor! Thanks for your perennial inspiration.

  • July 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Does zucchini just put out one crop and then the plants die, or does it continue to fruit during the whole growing season even after you harvest the initial zucchini? thank you for the answer. God bless

  • July 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden!!! Wish our garden looked as good as yours does. It’s been very hot here in Tennessee with a lot of rain. We had most of our broccoli and tomatoes blown down from a big storm that also had a tree fall on our house. Some major roof and soffit repairs were needed. It gets so hot that most of our plants are drying up even with all the rain we have had. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good year for us. Will be looking forward to next year and hoping it will be a better one:-)
    Your new house is coming along very well too.

  • July 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    How are you growing your potatoes? We tried them in barrels this year and got seven potatoes. I love your garden. And your house.

  • July 17, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I love pictures of a well tended flourishing garden. That’s a lot of zucchini from one plant. What variety do you grow?

  • July 17, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I really enjoy every hing u share about gardening thank u

  • July 17, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and the pictures of the gloriously healthy, happy plants.

  • July 17, 2016 at 9:09 am

    How in the world do you keep your cabbage from getting eaten alive??? Every year I have holey leaves!!

  • July 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

    WOW!! This is beautiful, but how do you keep the bugs, worms and varmints away???

  • July 17, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Wow! Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing

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