Could there be a better time to be a gardener? In the day of internet purchases and online chat forums, we are able to access all manner of information on how to serve our unbridled ambitions for our gardening spaces.
It was this media form that introduced me to gardening subjects that changed my world: the potager garden, British garden-guru Monty Don, New England artist Tasha Tudor, and market gardening.
It’s through these subjects that the large flower and vegetable gardens at our farm have molded. Each garden has been built with a different intention and purpose, though they all work together to achieve our goals here on the farm: beauty and production.
Regardless of which book or gardening guru encourages you to build your gardens, it’s always good to ask yourself: what’s the purpose of my garden? What do I want it to do?
Are you wanting to grow cut flowers for fresh bouquets to put throughout the house? Do you want basket loads of peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and greens? Or do you simply want something pretty to look at from your kitchen window?
I hope that whatever your goal or mission you’ll find a bit of inspiration from my gardens, though they are still very much a work in progress. Though, truly, is the work of a gardener ever done?
May your labors be blessed this season.