We started the EatingWell garden last summer in a field next to our old building in Charlotte, Vermont. Check out what we
did, what we grew and how the garden progressed through the summer.
By Hilary Meyer, Associate Editor/Food and Carolyn Malcoun, Contributing Food Editor
Russ & Hilary stripping sod
How much of this do we have to take off?
Look, they're helping, they cleared that stick out of the way. Good dogs.
Our husbands were excited to pick up the shovel and get going at removing the sod from our plot.
Once our plot was free of the dead sod, we got to breaking up the soil with a tiller we rented - also very hard work.
Once the tilling was done, we got some help from friends and family turning over the soil and got it ready to make into raised beds.
Is it done yet? Carolyn and Dan take a water break while Kayla the dog wonders when they'll be getting back to work.
Don't they look pretty?
This is where things really started to come together. We made our raised beds and spread straw between them to curb weed growth. Looking good!
It's almost time to plant! We put up a fence to keep the animals away from our hard work.
Finally! The last frost has passed and we put some onions and carrots in the ground.
Our peas our starting to take off. . .
The onion and carrot bed was growing like crazy!
Melons love the heat. Sometime we don't get enough of it in Vermont so we put down this black plastic to raise the temperature of the bed a few degrees.
It's hard to believe that only a few months ago, this was just a plot of dead grass. Everything is thriving here in mid-summer.
As the potatoes grew under the soil, they put out the most beautiful flowers. These are from our purple potatoes.
Dixie takes a break in the shade of the plants that are growing ever faster in what turned out to be a great gardening season.
A great way to grow peas!
Here are our peas a few weeks later. We ate A LOT of peas!
Cukes, radishes, potatoes and peas
A single day's harvest
Carolyn with a huge harvest in late summer.
Carolyn with a big bowl of freshly harvested colorful tomatoes