Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Monday, June 6, 2011

I Have So Much To Show You!

I finally took a bunch of pictures of what's been going on here. It's getting pretty exciting! Finally, I can say there are things happening in the garden!

Here's the main garden this year. It had still seemed kind of smallish to me until I began trying to fill it up. Now it seems bigger! The old gardens were the two smaller sections to the right. The big section on the left is all new this year. We put black plastic over that section of lawn last summer. In the fall, our neighbor, John, tilled the grass under once. This spring he tilled it over about three times, and Dan once or twice. A huge thanks to you, John!

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I started out way too early this year and lost some things. Squash and tomatoes mostly. This is one of the tomato plants that survived.

This is one that fared the worst. It lost all the foliage and blossoms. However, all those that ended up in this condition started to get suckers. I decided to let them live and see if the suckers would take over and the plants would produce anything.

These are tomato plants that I started and then moved to the garden with these little milk jug green houses on them. They're actually growing quite quickly now. There are five of these.

I've got two basil plants growing in these little green houses as well, with more started basil going in soon. I'm hoping for lots of spinach basil pesto this year, or even parsley and basil if I can't time the spinach right.

Actually, the spinach is only this big so far. It's been in for a while, but it was even too cool for spinach. It's finally taking off. Hopefully it won't bolt in two weeks now!

Cabbage, cauliflower,...

and more tomatoes that I picked up at a nursery. NOT what I'd wanted to do since it defeats the purpose of growing it myself. Not cost effective or organic - the two main motivators for me. However, more cost effective than buying all the vegetables at the co-op (which I'm very thankful to have in our community), and healthier than purchasing at the grocery store since I'll be controlling what goes on them here on out.

The green beans are coming up near the fence line. I'm hoping I can train them to climb the fence. It should make the picking easier when the time comes.

The garlic looks great. I can't wait to make roasted garlic!

The peas are also coming up along the fence line.

In the other garden I've got cabbage, these broccoli plants and...


OK, I'm done for today. I've got more to show you, but it can wait for tomorrow. Have a wonderful week everyone! Have a great time doing whatever brings you joy!


  1. That one tomato plant is amazing! What variety is it? Don't feel too badly about buying them at the nursery, we all have to do it now and again, and they really are still cost efficient when you figure how many tomatoes you get off one plant. Things are looking great!

  2. Thanks for the garden tour, Patty! I do love seeing other people's gardens. Things are coming along and now that we actually have warm enough weather, everything you've planted will be starting to really grow and you'll see the difference day to day.

  3. Erin- I'm not sure which tomato plant is amazing: the first plant (that withstood the frost better than the others) is a sweet olive grape tomato. Is that the one you meant?

    Mama Pea- Thanks for the encouragement. I'm pretty excited now. However, the chickens seem bent on sabotage. I've got to get the little garden fenced in quickly!

  4. Yes, I was talking about the one still standing above with all its leaves, LOL!

  5. :) Hahaaa! Of course, that makes sense. I think the pic must be slightly deceptive, though over all that variety does seem pretty hardy. It's even getting blossoms again already.