Garden Girl's Gardens

One out-of-the-way nook showed off a particularly bright splash of late-summer color, with mounds of black-eyed susans springing from a dense mat of creeping jenny, a ground cover that complemented the yolk-yellow susans with a lighter chartreuse.

Behind this plot was a small barn covered in Virginia creeper vine that was beginning to turn shades of vermillion and auburn, a sure sign of pending autumn.

Harris showed me bunches of garlic and onions hanging within the barn, and referred to their root cellar where most of the storage took place.

"We store everything in our root cellar; Lincoln pears, plums, berries..." he commented.

The Dunlaps have their own cider press, and making apple cider from their own apples is a yearly routine.

Growing prolifically over a canopied walkway are also grape vines, covered with luscious looking bunches of green grapes. There is even a kiwi fruit plant in the back yard.

I mustn't leave out the vegetable garden that grows in the back of the yard that stands out prettily with its shades of pale green and deep purple framed by the orange and yellow marigold flowers. Marigolds contain a natural insecticide, but Ginger was not sure how well they really work.

Harris assured me that there is much more to see of his gardens earlier in the season, and it's true that as fall encroaches in the Adirondacks, many flowers have seen their peak, and vegetable gardens are offering up the last of their harvests.

"This spot was solid daffodils in the spring; all different types. Those gave way to lilies. There are a bunch of transitions in a garden," noted Harris.

Everything the Dunlaps grow is started from scratch in a grow room; they don't buy anything that has been started. Ginger buys seeds from Wild Seed Farms, out of Texas. She can buy a large quantity of seeds for about $5.00; the seeds last her forever and she can use them year after year to plant annuals like nasturtium and alyssum.

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