These are crops you would not expect to be growing in a Hudson Valley, NY garden. But they are growing and are flourishing under the tender loving care of all the volunteers (could use more volunteers) who show up every Thursday morning to plant, water, prune, stake, harvest, weed ……
And speaking of weeds, they are flourishing also. I often joke that the weeds would not do as well if we actually planted them.
(NOTE: Not sure why, but you may need to click on some of the photos to enlarge.)
Sweet potatoes patch
Four (4) varieties – Laceleaf, Purple, Frasier White & Georgia Jet
When the sweet potatoes are ready for harvest, I bring in my portable stove, we will cook (in the garden) the 4 varieties and do a flavor and texture comparison.
Two (2) varieties – Valencia & Tennessee Red Valencia
When the peanuts are ready, again I bring in my portable stove and we will have a peanut boil party in the garden. Oh yes, we have fun too, it is not all work and no play. NOTE: The 2 photos above are from previous year’s harvest.
Artichoke – Imperial Star
Fennel – Florence
Okra – Cow Horn
Celeriac – Large Smooth Prague
Two (2) varieties – Hollow Crown & Half Long Guernsey
Parsnips will be ready for harvest in the fall, because they overwinter well, we will be leaving some in the ground and mulch the area with leaves. Harvest in early spring the following year, they are delicious.
Four (4)) varieties – Beta, Delaware, Concord & Niagara
Hops – Kent Golding
Heirloom Tomato – Goldie
We also grow tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, peppers, eggplants, beans, peas, onions, kale, cabbage, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, asparagus, small fruits, herbs …… Nearly all the crops in the Heritage Vegetable Garden are heirlooms.
Hope you enjoyed this brief garden tour.
The garden and grounds are open to the public free of charge
Daily, 8:00 a.m. to dusk
2683 South Road (Route 9)
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
If you are in the area do stop by and visit. Use the Garden Map (hanging in the garden kiosk) as a reference for your self-guided tour. Please return the map to the kiosk for the next visitor.
Also please close the garden gates properly when you leave the garden. The woodchucks are hiding in the shrubs facing the garden gates and are watching for any opportunity to enter the garden (even if there is only a crack in the gate) to feast.
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