So this year my husband and I decided to join a community garden at a local farm in Red Hook, NY. (Greig Farm, I'll link it here)
It's a beautiful farm that I grew up going to each year as a kid. We would always pick the seasonal fruits and veggies each year. My mom loves to cook and bake, so she always made beautiful (and delicious) use of the loads of berries, peas, apples...ect. that we would pick each season. I was so excited to to hear they were offering garden plots on land they cleared to make a community garden this year. My husband and I have talked about purchasing land for a large farm garden for many years, and we thought this would be a great way to start small and see if we would like to (maybe) go BIG one day.
My plan was to make it a *mostly* a natural dye garden and plant mostly flowers that I know are great dye flowers. We started a little late, it was May or so. So I was anxious to get things in to the ground.
Next year, if we get the same garden plot, I will start my seeds early in March and plan a little better.
While I did plant some dye flowers, I ended up in some ways with a pretty traditional garden. Traditional to me anyway. I couldn't help planting tomatoes, hot peppers, purple cauliflower. I planted some large Blue Baby Doll pumpkins which have taken quite nicely as well. I planted a nice patch of marigolds and nasturtiums. I planted beautiful gem corn, but not many of them took. So we shall see........
I think this was more experimental for us- Let's see how it does and then next year I can modify. Either way, I'm pretty excited about it. It's amazing how much better flowers + veggies grow on real farm vs. my backyard.
I'll post pics as the season goes along, but so far so good.
Below I posted a few pics of the progress so far.
If you have any great gardening tips for me, I'd love to hear them. Feel free to post them below.