How does your garden grow? Growing vegetables

Every year we plant a vegetable.   I’ve posted about it before many times, but every year it changes a little. It’s great to go out to the garden for fresh vegetables that you grew..   Our garden is 2 large raised beds with a path between the beds and around the perimeter. The beds are enclosed in wire mesh to keep rabbits out. Here’s what the garden looks like this, vegetables

Digging in the dirt is something I really like to do, I know I’ve mentioned it before but it’s so true. Here I am, the gardener. Don’t you love the outfit? My hat is soaked with sweat and water because it was raining a little. My pants are wet and dirty and my garden shoes have seen better days. I’m dirty and sweaty but happy.compost, garden,

Since the compost tumbler is broken, I’m making compost in a pile enclosed in wire. Bill is supposed to fix it…..sometime, but …..ahem…. when?  kale, vegetable garden

In the first bed this year is a new addition, kale. I love it but have to sneak it into soups or sauté it with other vegetables to get my husband to eat it.  cucumber plant

Cucumber is another vegetable that Bill won’t eat, so I’ll be giving plenty of these away.

argula, lettuce, vegetable gsrden

Arugula is on the left and those are lettuce sprouts coming up under that wire mesh.  Birds were eating all the little seedlings and this is how I out foxed those hungry pests.  zucchini and cucumber vegetable garden

Zucchini plants always claim their space. They’re growing nicely and loaded with blooms. Also in this bed are mint and perennials that I divided last year.

onion plants vegetable garden

In the other bed, onions are a variety of sweet onion called ‘candy.’ I hope they’re nice and sweet because I’m an onion lover!

jalapeno plant

Jalapeño peppers are at the top of my personal hotness scale.
bell pepper plants vegetable garden

Bell peppers, you can’t tell from the picture but these plants are loaded with peppers.

hot chili pepper plants
Hot chili peppers are Bill’s favorite.

yellow zucchini plants
Yellow zucchini, I thought I was buying yellow summer squash and ended up with these. Now I  think I like them better than green zucchini.

tomato plant,s vegetable garden DIY wooden tomato cage

DIY tomato cages that Bill made. You can also see part of the soaker hose we use to water the garden.

tomato plant

This is our first ripe tomato of the season! I’m planning to pick it and eat it tomorrow!

vegetable garden

Here’s a shot from the far end looking across both beds toward the garden shed.

path, vegetable garden, pine bark nuggets

We use pine bark nuggets for the path. I was asked how we get into the beds……See that rock? I use that as a step up and climb in.   coneflowers

I planted this purple coneflower in the garden to keep it away from rabbits who had eaten it down to just stems.  I think it likes its new home.

Get out there and dig in the dirt, it’s so good for the soul!  What vegetables do you like to grow?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Garden tour 2013

Gardening is something I have always enjoyed. I like getting dirty and sweaty and feeling tired after a day of working outside. That might sound crazy I know, but I like digging in dirt!  They say gardening is good for the soul and your health. There is definitely something to that, it helps you feel grounded and connected to the earth and feeds you too! We always plant a vegetable garden, a few herbs and lots of flowers.

This year I didn’t plant as many flowers in pots for the patio. I love putting together pretty plant combinations and see how they look after they start growing but this year I cut back on flowers and instead got several ferns.


This huge fern looks pretty good on the front porch but I think I miss the pop of colors you get from flowers.

flower urn

For a little color I put this planter in the little courtyard beside the entry.

fountain garden

In our back yard we have a fountain beside our patio. The sound of running water is so soothing. The birds love it too.


I put a few perennials that I divided, in the planter beside the shed.

purple coneflowers, knockout rose

Wire cages keep rabbits from eating the flowers.

hen and chicks

Some people call these succulents, hen and chicks or cats and kittens. They send up the very strange looking flowers.

vegetable garden 2

Every year we plant a variety of vegetables that doesn’t change much from year to year. Tomatoes, peppers, green beans, onions, lettuces, zucchini, basil, yellow squash,and sugar peas. We added cucumbers and red beets this year. See more of the garden from previous years HERE.

vegetable garden

In the spring, I took out a big perennial bed in the area where the birdhouse is. It was in need of a lot of work and I decided to just get rid of it and put in grass. We compost too, you can see the composter in the corner. The garden is pretty much organic. We don’t use chemicals or pesticides, just compost.


A crazy squash has outgrown its bounds and is overtaking the path.

garden squash

Its growing on the wire fence and even going up the tomato cages.

tomato, squash

I have no idea what caused it to grow like a squash on steroids but I think I might have to knock it back so it doesn’t take over the whole garden.

green tomatoes vine

We planted about a dozen tomato plants in several different varieties. I sure hope they ripen soon. There’s nothing better than a sweet home grown tomato! Bright red with salt, pepper and a little dab of mayo…….oh yeah!

peppers garden

Here you can see some lettuce that needs to be harvested soon, peppers, green beans, red beets and weeds. The weeds are purslane and I’ve never eaten it but I might try. It’s supposed to taste like spinach.

red beets, garden

These are my red beets. Last year I tried to grow them but they never came up. Beets are one of my favorite vegetables.

We’ve had lots of rain this year so the garden is looking pretty good. So there you have it, the garden 2013.

How does your garden grow? Do you plant vegetables? How do you preserve your harvest, canning or freezing? I’m planning on canning tomatoes this year.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))