The arbor is the entrance to my Heirloom vegetable garden. The entrance is flanked by the kitchen garden where I grow herbs, lettuces and other salad greens in season. I grow Hundrends of varieties of Heirloom vegetables in a 1 acre certified organic garden. below is what I have growing as of 9 July 2011
Romain lettuce for seed
Betty, one of two cats watching the Blacktail buff bantams. Betty and her sister Wilma help keep the rodents at bay while the various chickens and guinea fowl keep the bugs down .
More of the kitchen garden with bell peppers basils and sages.
This is Rosita Eggplant. I am growing this for Southern Exposure Seeds. Jaunita Smith pole Beans are on the right and Persimmon tomatoes on the left.
This is a 150ft row of Okra. On the left is a corn called White Cherokee flour corn. The flour corn is nearly 12ft tall. Underneath the corn is Stone mountain Watermelons. To the right is Silver Queen and Golden Queen sweet corn with Arkansas Little Leaf Cucumbers growing underneath.
This has to be the Darkest green Okra I have ever grown. It is spineless and a great Okra flavor. The leaves cooked like spinach have a wonderful Okra flavor and are full of vitamins.
I am growing this tomato for seed for Southern Exposure Seeds. It has been a excellent producer of large smooth orange flesh tomatoes. Few seeds and a very mild flavor.
Mahon Sweet Potato
I received this potato in 2000 from Dr. David Bradshaw of Clemson Univ. It is orange flesh moist and stores well.
Anne Arundel Melon
I am growing this melon for Bakers Creek Heirloom seeds and Southern Exposure seeds. I have attempted to grow this melon for the past two years. But each time the seed I had was not true to type. I personally saw the fruit of this years seed at Monticello in Va. and so far everything looks good.
two young melons. This is a green fleshed muskmelon which dates to the 17th century in New England.
New Mex Joe Pepper
I am growing this pepper For Southern Exposure Seeds. It is a large Aneheim type Chille. My favorite for roasting.
Stone Mountain watermelons beneath the Cherokee White Flour corn
Silver Queen and Golden Queen corn. I mix my seed which produces a bi-color corn
Sea Island Brown Cotton
This is a long fiber Brown cotton of the 19th century still grown by the Gullah people of the coastal Islands of South Carolina. I am growing this cotton for seed for Southern Exposure Seeds.
Closeup of the row of cotton with beans on the right and left.
I am required to post a sign stating this is an Organic garden as a reminder to the hwy dept. not to use any chemical sprays. The grapes are a variety of muscadine grapes which are native to the south.