Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Garden Tour

This is a long post of pictures. If you were here, I would hand you a homemade latte and stroll out the garden with you. In lieu of that, pictures will have to do. Enjoy your cyber stroll. ;-)

This is a shot of Brian's corn. He grew some last year and it was so good, so he planted a few more rows. We really could stand to have a ton more, but we didn't have the space tilled up this year.

Northwest corner of the big garden.

Rows and rows of potatoes. Last year we increased our potatoes and Brian misunderstood the 'hilling up' part and continued to plop shovel fulls of soil on the plants. The little plants finally just gave up trying to grow and we did not have ONE potato, not even one! We laugh about this now.

Big bushy tomato plants.

Southeast corner of the big garden.

More rows of tomatoes all caged up.

This garden is the children's garden which includes our broccoli (and the worms) and some pickle cucumbers.

Another shot of the dreaded broccoli.

This is another picture of the children's garden from the other side. Each of the little children have their own box to grow whatever they want. Although, truth be told, this year we sort of commandeered some of their space for bush beans and pepper plants. We simply ran out of room, well, maybe I overbought. ;-)

That there is Farmer Josiah by his garden.

This really cool thingy is a bean tower that my precious Luke made for me last year for Mother's Day. In a short time it will be covered in bean vines and beans. We got a late start this year, the first planting didn't come up.

Not so much a garden picture, but two adorable children, right?

This is 'my' garden. I call the big garden, Brian's, and this one is mine! I love my Square Foot Garden. Everything is so neat and tidy and rarely any weeds. More on that in another post.

This box is loaded with kale, Swiss chard and collard greens. Oh, one kohlrabi snuck in there. I have some really cool varieties of kale this year. I planted too many collard greens. How many plants do we really need if Brian and I are the only ones to eat them?

Beautiful Brussel Sprouts. These are so easy to grow, at least they have been the last couple of years. In the fall we will have huge stalks loaded with cute little baby cabbages all over them.

Here we have more pole beans with carrots and weeds in front and back of them.

This year we have our "U" full of cucumber plants.

Just look at my beautiful 'cabbage patch'. This here is another reason why I love Square Foot Gardening. Do you see how neat and tidy they look, and how much I can grow in a small space? Next year I am going to do some cool pattern with the purple and green cabbages. We will be making a ton of lacto-fermented sauerkraut this year, Lord willing.

So pretty!

Beautiful heads of Romaine lettuce, more kale and chard and lots of various kinds of leaf lettuces.

Tons of Arugula,I will be sharing a recipe in a future post. There is also little basil plants and cilantro in this box. Behind the chicken wire are strawberries. Next year this whole box will be strawberries.

This is my herb garden right out side the back slider, just off the deck. I usually fill this with basil, basil and more basil, which I did this year. Also, a rosemary plant, thyme, lemon thyme, Italian parsley and more cilantro. I also have lots of lavender in this bed.

Isn't is so pretty? Don't you just love the smell of fresh lavender?

I had to get creative this year because I overbought and I was stuffing basil plants and rosemary plants in with my potted flowers!
I hope you enjoyed your stroll through our gardens. If you have pictures of your garden, I'd love to come visit. Leave your link so others and myself can come 'visit'.
One thing I wanted to point out is that I was still very, very sick this Spring and our gardens are a perfect example of the Lord restoring what the locusts have eaten. Never in my 'have to have everything planned out and done in advance' mind would I have thought we would be so blessed to have gotten in such a wonderful garden. Thank you, Father, for caring for even the tiniest of details.


Jennifer Sikora said...

I am a newbie gardener and only planted tomatoes last year. I had planned to garden this way this year, but we are moving so I did not get to plant anything. But next year I am planting my garden!

Thanks for sharing your pics! Everything looks lovely! Can't wait for the recipe using arugula!

Cranberry Morning said...

That is a wonderful garden!! And I especially love that herb garden near the house.

This post reminds me that I need to get out and hill our potatoes as well as mulch the squash.

You do realize that we're all going to be over for supper when the economy crashes. :-)

J said...

This is just beautiful!!! Evidence of God's abundant blessings! I am so happy for you!

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Come on over!!!

cooperkelly4 said...

beautiful garden!!!

Jenn said...

Gorgeous Gardens! Wish I could have that Latte and walk with you arm and arm through your gardens.

Love ya friend!

Camille said...

How WONDERFUL!! It's all so lovely! How fun that you gave each of your children a plot of ground for their own growing experiment. :) We have not the space you have there...WOW...LOTS of good food growing for your beautiful family.

May the LORD bless you today!

Deanna said...

Michelle, you have a beautiful garden with wonderful produce!

God bless you and may you have a super 4th of July,
d from homehaven

Cheryl said...

Your garden is wonderful, wish I could take a stroll through the garden with you. I love to see how others do things in their gardens.

DPit said...

Wonderful!!!! Do you have a video about how you started your garden in a season?

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

DPit, thanks for coming by, sadly I do not have a video. That would have been a good idea! I should do something this year as we are expanding the garden, at least double!