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Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Favorite Rusted Vegetable Garden Pictures and Why

One of the things I enjoy most about gardening is creating and sharing. Or is that two things? These are some of my favorite pictures from over the years and little bit about why I selected them.

Cool Weather Garden Rusted Garden Produce: Gary Pilarchik

The picture is just a picture but there is something about the first bunch of radishes from your cool weather Spring garden. The purple iris is also a nice sign of the gardens coming alive with color and life.

Expanding the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

Again, nothing spectacular as far as the picture goes but the sense of accomplishment in seeing the garden expand and your work planted is something I find only other gardeners can understand and appreciate.

A Beet Crop from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

Thankfully, I am not alone in enjoying pictures of the vegetables our gardens produce. The beets were part of a blog entry on starting beets in flats. Something I was told you couldn't do. Beets can be put in the garden as transplants. Here is the proof! There is always something new to learn.

Fig Wood Smoked Chicken from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

I didn't raise the chickens but the wood I used to smoke the chicken came from a fig tree in the garden. A fond memory I have of my great grandfather is his garden and fig tree.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad from the Rusted Garden; Gary Pilarchik

The picture is about simplicity and memories. Growing up we had cucumber salad from the garden. I can hear the cicadas, as I type, that buzzed in the summer mornings. Anyone can grow cucumbers and tomatoes and prepare simple garden salad.

Beets from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

This picture is the start of my growing interest in taking pictures of the garden and vegetables. I like the colors, shadows and freshness of the beets. You don't find beets in the store that glisten like this when cut. You know why? They just dehydrate while being shipped. The flavor of fresh produce from your garden is seeping out of the beets.

Armenian Cucumbers from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

Gardening introduced me to a new variety of cucumber. I like the way this picture presents the cucumber in different slices and forms. I think they totally demonstrates the uniqueness of the cucumber. You can't taste it but you feel it has to taste great.

Baxter's Bush Tomatoes from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

This picture represents everything about gardening. I picked these in the morning and they are sitting in my shirt. They are perfect, cracked and covered with some basic sulfur spray. All my work and time is found in these tomatoes.

An Enhanced Container Tomato at the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

Well not genetically modified or enhanced but computer modified. This is the starting point of a trying to take photographs that visually stand out. I got a new camera too and began learning how to enhance photographs. 

Heirloom Tomatoes from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik
Prepared Heirloom Tomatoes from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik
Assembling a Garden Salad from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik
These three pictures are my attempt at well... art? It is an abstraction of poetry in pictures.  That is, I want to create photos the generate thought, evoke memories and make you taste and smell. Or I just want to take a really good picture that you don't typically see. It is fun.

A Perfect Bowl of Cherry Tomatoes from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

I am interested in the shapes of the tomatoes. All unique. And I began looking at the colors of my bowls, dishes and cutting boards. 

Deseeded Plum Tomatoes for Sauce from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik
Mixed Tomatoes Picked From the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik
Black Plum Tomatoes from the Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

I think if you don't garden, you miss the subtle and complex beauty of vegetables. Yes, I know that sounds funny. But the deeper thought is a pause to look at life and not just consume it. I am beginning to work with color, shadow and light to show off, again, the uniqueness and art in tomatoes. Nature's art.

I have over a 1000 pictures. Check back often because I will be adding more. Enjoy the Rusted Garden, enjoy your garden and enjoy life. 


  1. wow.... your tomatoes look really good. and so does your radishes... I am new to gardening and I find your blog very helpful... Thank you... I wish I had the kind of space you have to grow more but I am limited to container gardening.

    1. Thanks. I do a lot in containers too. I always say strike a deal with a friend that might have some land around you. Good luck with container gardening.


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