Sunday, July 5, 2009

My First Vegetable Garden!

I planted my first ever vegetable garden this year at our farm. My back is aching but the harvesting is so much FUN!

Here’s what the garden looked like mid-May:

All the grids and hanging cans and bags, along with scattered egg shells, have successfully kept the deer, rabbits and other critters away. . Plus I’ve used a smelly spray made of garlic cloves and habanero peppers soaked in water. (Horrible, but it does the trick!)

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Next take a peek at how it looks today with thriving tomatoes, peppers, pole beans, celery, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels spouts, and lots of sunflowers.

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Below is the side garden with more beans, yellow squash, cantaloupes & zucchini,oh my!

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Bee Happy…. A Busy Bee at work on a cantaloupe blossom.

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And now, the fruits (or veggies) of my labor so far:

Yellow Crook-Neck Squash

Hungarian, Bell and Jalapeno Peppers

And the best, freshest Cauliflower and Broccoli cooking on the stove (absolutely delicious!)

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The Southern Ohio climate and the extra rainfall we’ve had make everything grow like crazy.

I also grew a couple hibiscus plants this year and the blooms are huge:

And finally, my little kitty cat posing with the flowers by the fence. (awwww isn’t that just the cutest?!)

That’s all for now. Have a fantastic week!



  1. Congrats on your successful first garden! It all looks wonderful. Love the kitty photo:)

  2. Thanks for taking a look, Cat!

  3. beautiful! I want to come over for fresh steamed broccoli and's amazing how much BETTER it tastes straight out of the garden eh? Broccoli though, I always had to soak in the sink in salt water first, to get the little buggies out ... they LOVE the stuff ..... so nice having a garden... I'm not sure if our garden is going to be all that bountiful this year. We might have to call this one a test and invest in some good manure/mushroom soil next year and give it a better start. ANyway... thank you for sharing! I enjoyed a walk thru your garden.

  4. Uh, oh. Little bugs in the broccoli.... well, they must be full of protein, eh?