The EatingWell Garden

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

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stripping sod

Let's get stated!

Russ & Hilary stripping sod


Go Dan Go

Go Dan Go

How much of this do we have to take off?


Kayla & Dixie

Kayla & Dixie

Look, they're helping, they cleared that stick out of the way. Good dogs.


Russ Breaking Ground

Russ Breaking Ground

Our husbands were excited to pick up the shovel and get going at removing the sod from our plot.


Dan & the tiller

Dan & the tiller

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.


The garden is taking shape!

The garden is taking shape!

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.


Dan & Carolyn take a break

Dan & Carolyn take a break

Is it done yet? Carolyn and Dan take a water break while Kayla the dog wonders when they'll be getting back to work.


A fine day's work

A fine day's work


Hilary Building Beds

Hilary Building Beds

Don't they look pretty?


We got beds!

We got beds!

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!


Almost time to plant!

Almost time to plant!

It's almost time to plant! We put up a fence to keep the animals away from our hard work.


Russ plants the onions and carrots

Russ plants the onions and carrots

Finally! The last frost has passed and we put some onions and carrots in the ground.


Pass the peas!

Pass the peas!

Our peas our starting to take off. . .


Onion and carrots a few weeks later

Onion and carrots a few weeks later

The onion and carrot bed was growing like crazy!


Garden goodness


Melons loving the heat

Melons loving the heat

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 come a long way!

It's come a long way!

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.


Pretty Potatoes

Pretty Potatoes

As the potatoes grew under the soil, they put out the most beautiful flowers. These are from our purple potatoes.


Savoy cabbage

Savoy cabbage


Hilary in the Garden

Hilary in the Garden


Dixie thinks its hot enough

Dixie thinks its hot enough

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.


Pea Teepee

Pea Teepee

A great way to grow peas!


Fast forward a few weeks . . .

Fast forward a few weeks . . .

Here are our peas a few weeks later. We ate A LOT of peas!


Early harvest

Early harvest

Cukes, radishes, potatoes and peas


Cucumbers

Cucumbers

A single day's harvest


Crazy Carrot

Crazy Carrot

'Nuff said.


Late Summer Bounty

Late Summer Bounty

Carolyn with a huge harvest in late summer.


Colorful carrots

Colorful carrots


Self portrait with tomatoes

Self "portrait" with tomatoes

Carolyn with a big bowl of freshly harvested colorful tomatoes