Garden Update

Finally!  Here are the pics of the new vegetable beds and surrounding area that we installed in our backyard this spring.  I remember how excited I was to be able to plant even more vegetables this year, and I had some pretty grandiose ideas about corn and watermelon . . . well, let’s just say that there’s always next year!

Here’s what we do have planted and growing (quite well, if I do say so myself):

  • Cucumbers — pickling types, of course, since I think they have a better flavor and because we have friends that beg for our pickles each summer
  • Green, yellow, & red bell peppers — although I have to say that I struggle with peppers, and I have no idea why
  • Lima beans — These are my daughters favorite, so the plant marker reads, “Lilla Kate’s Lima Beans.”
  • Squash — What can I say about squash?  Ridiculously easy to grow, and very yummy.
  • Strawberries & Blueberries — the kids’ favorites
  • Several varieties of heirloom tomatoes — Black Zebra, Chocolate Stripe, Kelloggs Orange, Sunset Gold, Black Cherry, Roma, Brandywine, Green Zebra, Red Zebra, Black Krim . .  . and a few more
  • Various herbs including a few varieties of basil, sweet marjoram, oregano, rosemary, creeping thyme, and lavender . . .
  • Oh!  We also have edamame, but that seed tray got mixed up with a tray of hollyhocks, so there are hollyhocks growing next to my squash and the edamame is mixed in the landscape!  Everything is progressing nicely, though.  Tomatoes have been coming in a few at a time for a couple of weeks, and this week has been the beginning of cucumbers. 

    So in celebration of the plentiful summer bounty, I invite you all to send me pics of your own home gardens.  I’d love to see what you all are growing and to hear about what’s working and what’s not.  Just send them to, and I’ll publish them in an upcoming post.

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