Mid-Summer Garden Photos from Old World Garden Farms. Summertime is here, and that means our Raised Row Garden is bursting at the seams with fresh produce! 

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Bees helping out to pollinate our zucchini. TAs you can see behind the flower, they have been doing a great job!

From fresh cabbage to cauliflower, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, beans, tomatoes and more, it seems each day brings something new to the dinner table.

The summer season is a magical time for gardeners. It is simply amazing to watch how quickly things grow and change. A tiny bloom turns into a full-blown zucchini in mere days. The popcorn stalks seem to grow while you walk by. And tiny green tomatoes turn plump and red almost before your very eyes.  

As we do every year about this time, we thought we would share a few of our garden photos to celebrate summer.

Here’s a look around our little Raised Row Garden, in full color. If you want to know more about raised row garden, you can check out our article : The Secrets of Raised Row Gardening

Mid-Summer Garden Photos

Cauliflower – The fresh, crisp taste of home-grown cauliflower is hard to beat. But so is the simple beauty and elegance of the plants as they grow and mature.

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Popcorn – The popcorn has grown leaps and bounds in the past few weeks and is now beginning to tassel. Popcorn is one of our favorite crops to grow, and the flavor simply can’t be beat!

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Sweet Potato Crop In Crates.  Yes, believe it or not, there is a crate underneath all of that growth. We grow both our potatoes and sweet potatoes in crates. It makes them easy to plant, maintain and harvest. At harvest time, you simply lift up the crates and the potatoes roll out from the soil. This year’s sweet potato crop should be a great one!

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Basket of Produce. The pickings from a single day of harvest in the garden. By late summer, the baskets will be filled with bushels of tomatoes each day. But for now, this is more than enough to keep us in fresh food!

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Hops. This is the first year we have grown hops, and we love the way they vine up over our fence row. The blooms are just now starting to turn into small seed cones. The cones should be a great look in the fall as they mature on the vines.

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Chili Chili. Our chili-chili peppers are now on full display. These beautiful ornamental peppers are perfect for adding heat to salsa and all kinds of dishes. They also look great planted in the garden, landscape, or in hanging baskets.

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The Raised Rows. We love our Raised Row Garden, not only is it easy to maintain, but it really does produce a lot of food in a small space. Here is a look at the tomato and pepper rows maturing in mid-summer.

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Cabbage. A full head of cabbage ready to be harvested. Fresh cabbage is perfect for homemade slaw, soups and more. We plant an early crop to harvest now, and as you will see in the 2nd picture, a second crop now for fall harvest. The second planting is red cabbage.

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And the new Red Cabbage transplants that will be ready this fall.

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Mortgage Lifter Tomato. One of our large Mortgage Lifter tomatoes ripening on the vine. Heirloom tomatoes like are so full of incredible flavor! 

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The Hops Fence. Here is a look at how the Hops are starting to fill the fence line. The dark green foliage is a perfect backdrop to the light-colored seed cones forming on the vines.

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The view of the farm from the garden. We are so happy to finally live at the farm. It makes this year’s garden our most favorite of all!

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Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary!

9 thoughts on “Mid-Summer Garden Photos – It’s Harvest Time In Full Color

  • July 31, 2017 at 10:20 am
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    Thank you for posting pictures of your garden and farm. I am inspired with every post. I especially would like to see even more pics of your property overall since that is helping me design how to lay out my own tiny farm. I have 2 acres that has changed from a shady, full canopied, enchanted forest to a wide open, sunny wonderland due to a tornado that removed all 56 of my large trees. Now that I have cleaned up the property, I am redesigning it as an edible landscape and you are my cyber mentors. Thanks again.

  • July 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm
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    A feast for the eyes! Your garden is so inspiring. Now that we are getting settled in our new homestead, I will be able to start to put some of your ideas into place. I will be shopping for your book this week! Thank you.

  • July 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    Beautiful. I’m patterning my garden after yours. Just a heads up on the hops, it’s invasive or it is in Georgia. I love the blooms on hops and planted some to grow up over a trellis. It came up 2-3 feet away out in the herb bed and was a bear to get rid of.

  • July 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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    Wondering what you guys do about giant ragweed, Johnson grass and pigweed. It’s taking over no matter how hard we try to mow it all – – – It comes up where we can’t mow and is a constant mess in the garden – even with all that mulch. Easier to pull with the mulch – but the potatoes are full of it and it grows everywhere.

  • July 30, 2017 at 3:27 pm
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    What do you do with the Hops?

  • July 30, 2017 at 10:56 am
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    Your place is gorgeous!! Thank you for posting your experiences!!

  • July 30, 2017 at 10:36 am
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    Your garden is so totally beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I wonder if this the place to ask a question. I had some beautiful squash, melons, and cucumbers growing this spring until very recently. The squash bugs just about devastated all my squash and melons, and are now working on my cucumbers. Have you ever had this problem, and if so, how did you deal with it? I wasn’t able to be out in the garden for a few days, and not sure how to deal with them. Does picking them off in the early morning really work, or is that really an effort in futility?

    Thanks so much for your help and suggestions!
    Sherry

  • July 30, 2017 at 10:27 am
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    Wow, these pictures are so beautiful and inspiring. You have worked so hard to make your dreams reality, and the result is breathtaking. To see this every day must be wonderful. I’m very happy for you.

  • July 30, 2017 at 10:11 am
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    Absolutely beautiful!

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