Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This first-time gardener is too easily impressed.

Our family started our first vegetable garden this year and although the spring started out cold and wet and nothing seemed to want to grow, after just a few days of summer sunshine and warmer temps our garden burst into life!

This is Faith's sugar pie pumpkin plant.  Yep, that is just one plant! 

Do you know what plant this flower blooms from?  An eggplant!

Yellow summer squash!

My kids love beets.  I know, they're weird!

Faith's carrots.

Kids eat more vegetables when they grow them! Try it.  Oh yeah, and my daughter says her favorite chore is weeding!

The jury is still out on the Topsy Turvy tomato planter.  My poor plant spends all it's time trying to be upright.

I planted this tomato plant at the same time as the Topsy Turvy.  He seems happier, don't you think?

Almost knee-high by the 13th of July? Hummm....

Green beans!

Baby fennel is so cute!  I have no idea what I'll do with it when it grows up. 

Did you know that chives deter aphids?  I planted several plants in my rose garden.  Plus, they are great on baked potatoes and come back year after year!
What's your favorite vegetable to grow?  I'm already planning for next year...


  1. Your garden is amazing, congrats! Almost makes me want a yard so that we can enjoy fresh veggies too... almost. :)

  2. I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

    Despite the gardener's best intentions, Nature will improvise. ~Michael P. Garafalo, gardendigest.com

    Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

    When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown

    Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden? ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

  3. Ha ha ha...Judy! Love the quotes, especially the one about the valuable plant coming out easily. Yesterday, Faith pulled out all of our dill plants thinking they were weeds! :(

  4. Wow! What a difference a month makes. The garden looks amazing!!! Can't wait to get one going. I LOVE my raspberry bush! Its pretty easy to take care of too but since it was here when I purchased my house I'm not sure how long it took to plant/grow. The only thing I've planted so far are a few blueberry bushes and they are so tiny right now they are not doing much. I'll be interested to hear which plants you end up finding the easiest to grow and which plants did the best!