Guest Garden

While on vacation, I visited my parents in southwestern Minnesota.  These photos were taken in my Mom’s garden on July 11th.  They show just some of the vegetables and flowers that she grows in her spacious garden.

First up are some cabbages.  These are called ‘dynamo.’  They are German type cabbages, unlike the Asian cabbages that I raise.  Keeping them free from holes requires the use of insecticide powder.  They’ve grown very quickly in the two weeks since I took these photos and are ready to harvest.

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This is the first time she’s grown Brussels sprouts.

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This cauliflower looks better than what I usually can grow.

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These peas are of the type that have to be shelled, unlike the pod peas that I prefer.

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She starts sweet potatoes by rooting the cut-off end of a sweet potato tuber.  They are growing in mounds that are about 12 inches wide by 8 inches tall (30 by 20 cm).  The vines are starting to run across the ground.  Some people mistakenly call sweet potatoes “yams,” but true yams are quite different.  Sweet potatoes are related to the morning glory flowers growing in my garden.

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We grow some of the same varieties of tomatoes, including ‘margherita’ (in the foreground) and ‘health kick’ paste tomatoes, and of course the slicing tomato variety that originated in her compost pile.  She also has ‘juliet’ grape type tomatoes.

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two varieties of potatoes

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Her ‘diva’ cucumbers climb twine suspended from a wooden tripod trellis.

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Cosmos flowers self-seed and come up every year.

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These winter squash are just starting to run across the ground.  They’ll probably take up all the space that you can see in this photo.  Some are my favorite variety, the kabocha type ‘sweet mama,’ and others are a similar variety called ‘sunshine,’ which produces fruit with an orange exterior rather than dark green like ‘sweet mama.’

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Zucchini are probably the most commonly grown summer squash.  One hill provides more than enough for my parents.

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These short ‘dreamland’ zinnia plants produce four inch (10 cm) flowers.  Marigolds are growing between the two rows of zinnias.

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This chard plant is being devoured by an unknown pest — my Mom hasn’t been able to see whatever is eating the leaves, presumably at night.

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The horseradish is my Dad’s project.  If you decide to plant this, make sure you grind up the roots outdoors when you prepare the condiment.

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We’re back at the front of the garden, where hollyhocks grow every year.

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About brianbreczinski

work: chemist, NMR manager; hobbies: gardening, reading, photography, electronics, biking, woodworking
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2 Responses to Guest Garden

  1. Pingback: Leapin’ Liebsters | gardenblog2013

  2. Whoa, what a great garden and what awesome pictures you took of it! How in the world did I miss this? This should have been a top post! Maybe the title didn’t exactly scream “READ ME”? Just saying. But I’m glad you brought it to our attention. This was a feast for the eyes!

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