Author: Photographs by Kathleen Bifulco

With corn as “high as an elephant’s eye,” it’s time to start thinking about cool-weather, edible crops, even if all you can bear to maintain is a beat-up whiskey barrel (perfect for arugula, by the way). “My favorites this time of year are the classics,” says April Gonzales, a Southampton-based garden designer who tends a sizable vegetable patch at her home.

With corn as “high as an elephant’s eye,” it’s time to start thinking about cool-weather, edible crops, even if all you can bear to maintain is a beat-up whiskey barrel (perfect for arugula, by the way). “My favorites this time of year are the classics,” says April Gonzales, a Southampton-based garden designer who tends a sizable vegetable patch at her home.