Our gardens…

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1:Our new rain barrel, if you have lots of plants- might as well conserve water and let Mother Nature help! Water off the roof, fills barrel and you have it to water with. Has screen to keep out mosquitoes.
2:We built 2 raised beds- see how they work (if we like them will probably do all raised beds in the garden). Bed 1 has 5 Italian lettuces and 2 spinach’s. The second bed has peppers- 3 types of Italian (9 plants), 1 jalapeno and 1 ancho.
3:We use to have asparagus here- it didn’t grow so this year I have beans in the back and golden beets from Italy. If you look toward the back you will see 2 black bins- these are our potatoes.
4: This garden has 3 zucchini plants (yes, from Italy) and 1 pan pan squash (not from Italy), broccoli, onions and 4 types of Italian tomatoes.
5: This is Father Ed’s land- he lets us plant it. I was afraid my seeds from Italy might not do well (just in case I do not want a summer without tomatoes!) so we planted 1 set of Italian cherry tomatoes and 16 different American tomatoes plus one eggplant.
6: Linda’s sister left a wagon here so we transformed it- took off the seats, stained, added art and planted basil, parsley, rosemary, wheat grass, cilantro, chives, stevia, and oregano- they are all doing well.
With luck- tomorrow I will be putting in a compost bin- this is after I see the movie, “Angels & Demons”.


  1. Avatar Erin said:

    I too am addicted to Garden Supply and have been planning my garden there… you’ll be happy to know that David and I got in one 4’x4′ garden and have the space cleared for the second. We have the dirt in the first one and have the squares mapped out… we went and got some started tomatoes, peppers, basil, and cantaloupes yesterday and I have to get them in the garden tonight. I didn’t think we’d be able to do it, but after reading the Square Foot gardening book and seeing the silly little cover her made out of chicken wire, I figured we can put it in and keep Brenner out before we build a fence around it. I won’t look pretty, but it will work. I also plan to plant some beans, cukes, squash, etc.

    And while I was at Lowes, I asked the guy about tomato cages (I prefer the ones at garden supply but they are pricey) and he said that everyone RAVES about the hanging tomatoes and you can find them almost anywhere (except Lowes, where we were)… I think he said Costco and even Walgreens or CVS may carry them.

    May 26, 2009
  2. Avatar La said:

    My potato bin came from Gardeners supply- their tomato bin is very expensive- can be found much cheaper at a local hardware. They have nice products but are not cheap. They have a seed starter system that I used to start my seeds this year.

    May 19, 2009
  3. Avatar Erin said:

    Kay, maybe you should try some of those hanging tomatoes… you hang them from a hook on a porch or something and they grow down instead of from the ground up. You could also try a salad table like one that was shown on Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/salad-table?autonomy_kw=plant%20table&rsc=header_3

    I know Bob is pretty crafty and could build it for you. They say you can grow lettuces in that all year round and just keep planting them.

    Good luck! I may have to get creative this year if I want anything too!

    May 19, 2009
  4. Avatar Kay said:

    You are far to motivated for me! I am doing a couple tomatoes, a couple peppers, and cucumbers for Delaney. I need to start slow and see if I get anything- then I will get more aggressive. Our biggest problem is the woodland animals who have nearly destroyed everyone’s landscaping this year. Bob is seriously thinking of becoming Elmer Fudd! It’s said but they eat my tulips, my bushes, and all my flowering plants. Can’t we all just get along?!

    May 19, 2009
  5. Avatar Erin said:

    Lookin’ good… no, looking GREAT! I LOVE the wagon most especially… I have been wanting to find an old wheelbarrow to do that in but I think your wagon might be better. I also just purchased the book on raised beds that you told me about… hopefully I can get it in next year because this year doesn’t look good. I will have to plant some tomatoes in pots or something. I too wish you lived closer so we could enjoy this kind of stuff together! I miss you and Linda! Great work on your gardens! Can’t wait to heat how all the veggies turn out!

    May 18, 2009
  6. Avatar Kim said:

    It looks great and i love the herb garden in the wagon (6). Very clever!! LOoks like a healthy summer of great organic veggies!! Take pics thru the summer so we can see them grow.

    May 18, 2009
  7. Avatar La said:

    Wish I was there too- will have so much and would love to give it to people to enjoy.Neighbors and friends enjoy it…will be doing some canning as well. I think more people need to get back to gardening!

    May 18, 2009
  8. Avatar hot mama said:

    I like the rain barrell-and really like the wagon. That would look good in the restaurant. Lookin good. I wish you lived here, maybe you would share some the great food!. Love Mom

    May 17, 2009

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