The garden

The gardens at the farm consist of lawn with flower borders and a fish pond near the house, casual areas of woodland plants and shrubs on the edge of the forest, and a large vegetable garden.

The vegetable garden is well-fenced against roaming deer and contains a 400 sq.ft. unheated greenhouse.  It includes areas that get very hot in the summer and shady areas for crops that can’t stand the heat. There are several raised beds for vegetables and herbs, separate asparagus and artichoke gardens, hazelnut trees, blueberry bushes and some dwarf fruit trees. Interspersed are cutting flowers, edible flowers and whatever catches my eye!

I grow from seeds and starts, buy seed potatoes from a local organic farm, and rely on volunteer calendula, violas, alpine strawberries and cosmos to keep it interesting.

I build soil fertility with compost and sheep manure and use companion planting and crop rotation to manage pests.  I do not till the soil to avoid damaging its structure.  The garden is planted for variety rather than volume.  Succession planting helps prevent gluts of produce and can extend the season of some crops.

In the greenhouse are dwarf citrus trees; oranges, Meyer lemons, and limes. They get extra protection from the cold during the winter and reward us with fragrant blossoms and delicious fruit.

Robert has planted a small vineyard, with dreams of his own wine, and there are hops growing on a frame at the end of the vineyard.