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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Take a tour of my vegetable garden

My vegetable garden is a fenced 20 x 20 foot area with raised beds, recycled styrene boxes, car tires and any other containers suitable to be used as planters. There is pea gravel surrounding all the beds and containers, as it makes for easy weeding when a weed decides to take root.

On the left is a small bed of sweet corn, a blueberry bush in the tire, and behind that, sweet peas and gladioli growing in two recycled styrene boxes. The raised bed on the right has tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, spinach, and broccoli. The bed in the far back, has beans, cabbage, leeks, swiss chard, kohlrabi, and sweet basil.

Black Russian and Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes supported by my colorful cages.

I have created a small garden surrounding the vegetable garden. Here are those roses I moved from a different location and did not care if they lived or died. Seems to me they are very happy in their new garden.

I bought a packet of gourd seeds before deciding where I would grow them and when I looked around, I realized I was out of room, so I made three holes down through the gravel on the outside of the vegetable garden fence, to the right of the rose bushes, and pushed a seed into each of the holes and covered them over. Imagine my surprise when all three seeds emerged from the gravel and are now about three inches high and very healthy looking. I am hoping they will grow up the fence and give me many gourds to make bird houses out of.

12 comments:

Heather said...

It looks so nice, Jennifer! I am impressed with how well everything is growing already. I hope to do the same thing with gourds.

Tatyana said...

Good morning Jennifer! Isn't it amazing that sometimes plants can grow better in so-so place rather than in specially designed spot with well-prepared soil?

sarada said...

You have a great garden, I loved the way you used the space and recycled things to grow. I am very impressed.

Kim and Victoria said...

What a pleasant and neat garden you have. With so many types of veggies, too. Nice.

graduallygreener said...

That's actually a great place to put the gourds, because they can really take over a nice plot of dirt! Yours can just trail over the gravel - excellent use of space.

Becca's Dirt said...

Your vegetable is looking real good. Everything is a good color. I love the colorful baskets you found. Your rose looks like it is doing well where you relocated it. Have a good day.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Thanks for the tour! It always amazes me when things sprout from seeds when you least expect them. -Jackie

Balisha said...

I'm impressed. Lots of good eating coming up at your house. Love the way you use all manner of things to grow in. Lots of work, but you must really enjoy it.

Rosey Pollen said...

Thanks for sharing... I always love to tour other people's garden. Yours is a delight!

Randy Emmitt said...

Keewee,
Got to stay it, your garden has more personality than any garden I have seen. Even more than Meg's garden, don't tell her.

Darla said...

Dang this is impressive!

Rusty in Miami said...

Very nice, I like it and I am taking notes for the fall when I plant my vegetable garden. I like the way you recycle. Looking forward to see the progress.