Vegetables!

Hello again,

One of my favorite things about gardening is the fresh food we grow.  Nothing compares to fresh-picked.  We put a new vegetable garden together last year, thanks to our neighbor, and now it has grown beyond my expectations.  Here are some highlights:

DSC02139There are six 4′ x 8′ raised garden beds.  Each contains its own unique variety of plants.  That is a hose reaching for the garden, as we installed a drip watering system and my Super-Smart-Hubby put it on a timer.  This way the plants get watered every morning even if we forget.

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The arbor in the middle is there to support a grapevine someday.(if it grows big enough)  The petunias are hanging there just because I like them and they are pretty.

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Here are some sunflowers and pumpkins.  There is a zucchini in there (I just had to sneak in ONE zucchini – the gift that keeps on giving!)  I planted them all from seed.  I didn’t expect such a vigorous return, but you just never know what will happen in the garden sometimes.  I had to put some supports in for the pumpkin vines because they are already enormous!  The support for the sunflowers is easy to build yourself.  It is made of electrical conduit pipes, rebar, elbow connectors, nylon netting, and zip ties.  The instructions are in Chapter 8, starting on page number 145,  in the book, “Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew.  If I can do it, I think anybody can!

Stay tuned for more vegetable gardening!

Wendy

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