1 It was time for me to check my vegetable garden. Here is what it looked like a few days ago. There's been so much growth since I posted pictures of the garden a couple of weeks back, remember what it looked like then?
2 This was the vegetable garden in mid-July.
3 And this is what the lettuces and brassicas looked like just last week.
4 Earlier in July, my crop of ornamental and popcorn, seen in the back corner of this photo, was barely waist-high.
5 Now, this corn is more than six feet tall.
6 The tomato plants were doing exceptionally well also. All the plants were healthy and climbing up their teepee support stakes.
7 And, lots of tomatoes were developing on the vines.
8 Look how much the cabbages have grown. Seeing all the beautiful, organic produce growing in my garden excites me year after year.
9 Some of the cabbages were even ready to pick.
10 I wanted to harvest this one, but it needed a few more days. Red, or purple, cabbage is often used raw for salads and coleslaw. It contains 10-times more vitamin-A and twice as much iron as green cabbage.
11 Savoy cabbages are very distinctive in appearance - they have contrasting shades of green and a very crinkled texture. And, although they don't look it, the leaves are very tender, even when eaten raw.
13 Ryan showed me the growing orange or "cheddar" cauliflower. In shape, it resembles other cauliflower heads, but its color, which can range from creamy to sunburst orange, is quite eye catching.
14 Broccoli is also in the Brassicaceae family. It is one of the healthiest vegetables, and is high in vitamin-C and fiber. This one was still quite small, but it will be ready soon.
16 I love all the different colored lettuces. Many of these were ready to harvest.
17 Here I was picking some lettuce for my trip to Skylands, my home in Maine. Our interns behind me were picking beans.
18 The peppers were also beginning to grow. We planted both sweet and hot peppers this season.
19 The onions looked wonderful and big - we planted a lot of white, yellow and red onions.
20 They weren't ready yet, but they're much bigger than they were a couple of weeks ago. When onions mature, the tops become yellow and begin to fall over. Once the tops are brown, and the onions have cured on the ground, they're ready for harvest.
21 I was excited to see some artichokes ready for harvest. I was able to get a couple. Don't they look delicious?!
22 The squash plants are very productive. Already, we have a lot of squash. Once the plants start producing, it's important to check them every day for new produce - squash grows very quickly, and the best time tim harvest is when they are still small and tender.
23 The okra plants, the row of shorter plants on the left, are looking very healthy too - I cannot wait to harvest the okra. Growing okra require warm weather, so they don't really start to grow until the temperatures are at least 85-degrees. Some of the plants have just started producing yellow blossoms, which will be followed by tender okra pods.
24 Here was a lettuce from our first harvest of the season - there will be a lot of delicious produce from my garden this year!