The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

What’s Growing


Things are taller, fuller, bigger … bolting, wilting, shriveling in the potager this month.

Greens, greens, greens! Mustard is looking good as are Broccoli Rabe and Swiss Chard. My lettuce mixes are suffering from the heat and lack of rain. This year my greens seem to be ridden with insect bites, more so than usual.

Some of the Chinese Cabbage and Kale bolted but I cut off the flowers with the hope that more leaves develop.

The squash has begun to flower. The bees scramble over one another to reach their pollen but of course conveniently disappear before the camera. Patty Pan or Scallop Squash has already been served for dinner. It’s delicious and I will grow more next year.

Beans, beans, beans! Purple beans are also on the dinner menu. The Soy Beans are looking great – their leaves are very fuzzy and fun. I always have to rub them when I walk by. The Scarlet Runner Beans have finally reached the roof of the rustic arbor and are loaded with flowers.

Borage is also beginning to flower. I love these flowers, especially in my salads.

Also flowering are peppers! It’s the first time I have been successful with peppers. I have tiny Jalepeno, Cayenne and sweet Lipstick peppers beginning. The tomatillos have been flowering and are now beginning to form. I just love the way these look but it won’t stop me from picking them.

I have lots of green tomatoes … c’mon turn red, red, red!

Beets for tonight!

Today should be the last of this heat wave. After our spring I never thought I would say this but I wish it would rain! I have watered the garden often but the soil is still dry and even cracking in some places. A new rain barrel is sitting in my shed waiting to be installed.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

8 thoughts on “What’s Growing

  1. I absolutely love the charm of your garden! The trellis' made of sticks and the sweet garden shed…so nice!Your tomatillos are tempting me…maybe some green sauced enchiladas in my future!

  2. I'm with Cat, LOVE the twig trellises!Also your swiss chard looks very yummy, love that sauteed with a little bacon.What kind of beets are they? Maybe 'Bulls Blood'?Great post!

  3. Your potager and veggies look great. I just bought some beets this morning at the farmer's market. If only I had more sun I could grow some at home.Heather

  4. You are going to have a bountiful harvest.

  5. You have incredibly beautiful supports for your veggies! Love those towers! You need some rain and we need some heat to have happy vegetable gardens. Yours look very promising!

  6. I think we've had basically the same weather pattern you've had this year — wet in May, cool in June, and hot and dry in July. Like you, I'm wishing for rain — especially a good full-day soaker — but there's nothing like that in the forecast. Tonight I went out and watered my fence border for the second time in a week after I noticed that a couple of plants added to that bed recently look as though they are on their last legs. I hope I am able to save them. But with this weather, you should have tomatoes soon! -Jean

  7. Your garden looks so good despite the heat and drought. I'm growing Scarlet Runner Beans this year and the hummingbirds love them.

  8. Despite saying it is too hot now, your garden still looks so lush and promising a good harvest. They still look so healthy except for some leafy greens. In this country if we will say hot, only a few vegies can survive! LOL

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