A Frederick Food Garden

Growing (and eating) fruit and veggies in a little downtown garden

A Gardening Post for My Gardening Blog


"So, do you actually still have a garden?"

That's what my faithful readers would be asking, if I had any faithful readers. (other than Summer and maybe Kim...Thanks, ladies!) It's hard to tell from my blog, since I've been doing lots of Baking with Dorie and not much updating about the garden.

I DO still have a garden. It's doing pretty well, despite the ridiculous heat. Hey Global Warming Agnostics, where are your snappy comebacks now? I've been using soaker hoses  under straw mulch, which seems to be working pretty well. The Earth Boxes are made for this kind of weather, the plants in those are thriving. So, would you like to see some pictures?

These tomatoes are in an Earthbox. They'll do great, as long as I remember to water them.) The only downside to Earthboxes is that natural rain doesn't really reach it. The rosemary on the right (with a little lavender peeking up in the middle) is in the ground. They've practically taken over the whole bed. Rosemary and lavender are Mediterranean herbs, so they are loving the heat.

Clockwise from the top left, we've got lavender, sweet cherry stuffer pepper, Lacinato kale, and mixed red and golden beets . They're all doing pretty well. I just planted the pole beans and basil. I'm really late this year with those. Hopefully, I'll still get a pretty good harvest.

What about onions? I've already brought in the leeks. They're keeping pretty well in the fridge. I've got lots of green onions. I'm pulling them as I need them. Plus the chives are going crazy. I have to keep pulling them out of the cracks in the sidewalk.

How is your garden growing?

Author: cathybruce

I'm a graphic designer, cook, gardener, geek, wife, and mom. Not necessarily in that order.


  1. This looks great! Unfortunately our spinach and arugula all bolted badly, so we had to dig them out yesterday. Everything else is doing all right though.

  2. I check my tomatoes every day (well, almost) for signs of ripening. I can’t wait for fresh tomatoes! The zucchini have started, and all herbs are going bonkers. My peppers look terrible though. They are barely growing at all. I have no idea what that’s about. That’s about it for me this year. Straw and soaker hoses here too.

    • We’ve only gotten a few cherry tomatoes so far. We have some baby bunnies (so cute!) and a groundhog (not so cute) in the yard. I’m putting up wire fences and hoping for the best.

  3. Just wanted to say that I faithfully follow and enjoy your blog, so you may have more fans than you know.

  4. My life was altered by rotator cuff surgery 7/26 and then computer problems for the last week. Don’t ask! Cathy, I love your blog. I’m going to invite some of my friends to have a look because your pictures, presentation, etc., are so beautiful and entertaining and may I say it? Very professional!

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