You don't need to till a big plot of land or even live near a farmers’ market to enjoy the lively flavors of a summer garden. With a mere pot or two, fresh herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers are just a snip away.
Who doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous flowers all summer long? But a gal's got to eat. So it's not surprising that the first garden Martha set to work on when she bought her Bedford home, Cantitoe Corners, in 2001, was her vegetable garden. The garden, next to the greenhouse and just a quick stroll from the house, has come into its glory. Of course, the bounty, which ranges from early peas to fall's Brussels sprouts, didn't come without effort. The soil has been amended with compost and minerals, and the garden has been enclosed with a 7-foot-tall fence -- because Martha isn't the only local who appreciates a tender lettuce leaf.
Because they're easy to grow, tomatoes are the most common backyard garden crop. There are thousands of varieties, including beefsteak, plum, and small-size cherry, grape, and pear tomatoes; all are at their most flavorful in late summer.