The Tuesday View – August 1

Cathy at Words and Herbs hosts this weekly peek into garden bloggers’ gardens around the world.


Mid-summer in Coppertop’s veggie garden is a bountiful time. Recent harvests have included more broccoli, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, pea pods, straight neck squash and the first carrots and green beans. I recently froze about 25 pounds of broccoli, cauliflower, and kale for the upcoming months.

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The most entertaining veggies I’ve harvested included this pair of entwined carrots grown around each other like two lovers.


This is a super busy time for succession planting. A week or so ago I reseeded two beds with lettuces and spinach. They’re taking off in our perfect summer weather. Soon I’ll plant fall crops including peas and beets, followed by over-wintering crops of onions, carrots, chard, and yet more kale.

At last the two toppled plants of Red Russian kale can be composted!

toppledI patiently waited for their seed pods to dry in order to harvest the black seeds for future plantings and was beginning to doubt the seeds would ever change from green to black! I now have hundreds if not thousands of seeds stored and ready.


Flower borders around the edges of the veggie garden fence keep pollinators happy. A bright patch of bee balm or Monarda didyma attracts many visitors, especially hummingbirds.


8 thoughts on “The Tuesday View – August 1

  1. Mmm, runner beans. Yum! Your vegetable garden is wonderful, March. Those carrots are too cute to eat! 🙂 Enjoy all that bounty and the summer weather! 🙂


  2. It’s a happy time when one gets to harvest the fruits of one’s labor. 🙂 So satisfying and no store bought can come close. I love that in the depths of winter, one call pull a little summer out of the freezer!


  3. What bounty! You will be well set once soup season rolls around.
    I let broccoli go to seed one year and was much less diligent than you… actually it seemed more as if one day it was just past harvest, and the next it was seeding out! I still have seedlings popping up here and there each year and they’re much more welcome than more crabgrass.


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