Thursday, May 14, 2009

Our 'outside life'

As you know if you read me regularly we have flowers and such along with a veggie garden.
Not anything magazine worthy or done like the HGTV experts, just us or now DH doing our own thing.
The clematis are beautiful this year and taking over the porch railing!!
Have had other beautiful blooms this spring as well. So nice after a couple drought years to see it all lovely again.

We have a plot out back we till up then plant veggie seeds and plants in it.
A few things stay there from year to year . Berry bushes(blueberry, raspberry, blackberry), herbs (parsley,dill, sage, summer basil), we do over winter crops too.
DH did a raised bed as well with really great soil we are filling up.
Plants are filling out and tomatoes already have blooms.
So in a couple weeks will really be a sight to see!

Tomatoes above with some snaps/green beans coming up in next row.
Also some kale you can see as well.
Along with squash, lettuce, radishes, green peppers, watermelons, cantaloupes, brussels sprouts.
Cukes here, onions, eggplant, potatoes, carrots, hot peppers.
Shoot I can't recall all that is planted but if it all makes we will be busy..putting up and eating fresh!!
This is not near what we used to raise when kids were home but enough for just us.
I always have enough to can and freeze for winter.
We buy from local farmers our corn and butter beans.
We also are blessed with folks who will share their bounty as well with us.
So hope this will be a good year for everyone growing food this year.
Next will share some beautiful bouquets I have enjoyed in the house this week.


  1. I can't believe you have all that growing already!! Our veges are just starting to peek their little heads up. At least my lilacs will be ready in a week.

  2. Wow! Wonderful garden! I don't know the first thing about gardening, despite the fact that my parents always had a HUGE veggie garden. Our community league rents small plots for $10 each and I'm thinking it would be a good idea to plant a few things. Any suggestions?

  3. Your garden is so awesome! I need to get a little plot dug up, wish I knew someone with a roto-tiller!

  4. What a wonderful selection you have. When we moved here, we scaled way down on lot size and have a tiny we only have 4 tomato blueberry bush....and a small amount of strawberry plants. I LOVE the fresh tomatoes when they start to come in and I have some early varieties that SHOULD produce tomatoes before the 4th of July IF we ever get some sunny days here (which have been very few and far between lately).

  5. Lilacs & dogwoods are long gone, azaleas are downward, rhodies are coming in beautifully ... our cucs are up real good, tomatoes have blossoms & strawberry plants are full of blossoms ... I love this time of year ...

    You have a lovely garden.

    This year I planted 700 flower plants, got really carried away ... dying for them to fill out to be more visible. TTFN ~ Marydon

  6. There is something deeply satisfying about growing your own food, working the soil......Ann :)


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