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The Home Garden, June 11, 2009

Vegetables from the home garden       Vegetables from the home garden
   The photos above show vegetables I gathered from my home garden on two consecutive days.  Fresh from the garden, savoy cabbage, yellow crookneck squash, asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes, and blue potatoes!  They are not many days old, they were not grown by using chemicals, and they didn't travel 1500 miles before I got them!
    As vegetables age they lose nutritional value and flavor.  Produce grown in the United States travels an average of 1500 miles before it gets to your plate, using much energy for transport while losing flavor and nutrition because of age.  Fresh produce from the home garden is a jewel to be treasured.  If you, however, cannot grow some or all of your vegetables local organic farms are a good alternative.  Visit Local Harvest to find farms near you.

corn     cucumber climbing wire cage    corn almost ready for harvest
     In the photo on the left above you see corn at different stages of growth while the photo on the right above shows that the first corn I planted is almost ready for harvest.  In the center photo above cucumber vines climb wire cages saving garden space.

Sweet potato and okra plants      I received sweet potato plants that I ordered from Sandhill Preservation Center.  The plants looked good but they were not rooted very well.  I put them in soil in 3 inch pots to allow them
to root better before planting them in the garden.  Sandhill Preservation Center has a large selection of sweet potato varieties.  I order plants from them for trials. If they perform well in my   garden and I decide to plant them the following year I grow plants from the potatoes that I harvest.  The photo on the right has the sweet  potato plants on the left and Burmese Okra plants that I am trialing this year on the right.