Community gardens come in all shapes and sizes, and each garden has its own personality. The River Street Community Garden in North Adams, Mass., shows how one small garden can bring many groups of people together.
Last weekend, the International Herb Association held their annual conference in Townsend, Tennessee, known as the quiet side of the Smokies. Nestled down in the Appalachian Mountains, we had nature surrounding us; though we did venture out on a few tours. My favorite was a visit to the University of Tennessee trial gardens with the highlight being their Kitchen Garden.
Even though it seems like summer has just arrived, it’s already time to think about fall planting. I feel lucky to be able to add a trial packet of 'Mascotte' bean seeds, a just-announced 2014 All-America Selections winner, to my fall vegetable garden.
The garden is producing in leaps and bounds right now, thanks to the rain and the heat. Get out there and harvest your annual herbs before they flower and prune back perennials to encourage new growth. The more that you cut your herbs, the more leaves they will produce for you throughout the season.
Every vegetable garden is beautiful in its own way because each produces delicious edibles that support a healthy lifestyle. But some vegetable garden designs are so striking they deserve special attention.