Monday, June 21, 2010

My Veggie Garden

Sorry, there is a smudge on my camera, but I just wanted to share what my garden looks like right now. My strawberries are doing amazing this year! I actually had enough to make a strawberry chicken salad! I picked a pint and a half today. My veggies are doing OK now that it has warmed up a bit. Here are beans, cucumbers and some red cabbage.
I now how a compost bin! This will hopefully keep the baby from eating the orange peels she finds on my compost pile! Yucky! I also have some sweet onions, Chinese snow peas and tomatoes planted.
My peonies looked beautiful this year! I think they are so bright and cheerful. I am finally winning the war on weeds. I don't think I was ever going to make it this year. We haven't had this much rain in a LONG time.

Are you gardening this year? It seems to be the rage. If so, tell me why you garden. I'm very curious to hear from all of you.

In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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22 comments:

Catherine said...

I garden because I LOVE it, and I garden in order to feed us natural foods. I have lettuce and cabbages in and going pretty well, but the tomatoes and squashes are drowning in mud. We have clay soil that doesn't absorb water, so everything sits in puddles. But, to my delight, my DH has consented to build beds out of cedar for me so the soil will be mostly unaffected by so much rain.

Hydrant girl said...

I had a flower garden last year, but with everything going on it was neglected. I filled it in with nice stones and am doing pots this year. The only veggies I have are tomatoes and onions, but in the pots it's made things so much easier for me. Your garden looks great!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Tho I belong to a CSA, I still put in some veggies of my own. I have lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, chard and beets and a few other things. It is a LOT of work, and I am not sure how much weeding will get done, but we did spread newspaper around the tomatoes, peppers, pickles and basil, then covered with a nice layer of straw. Hope this will help in the war on weeds!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I tried straw last year and I was overrun by slugs! I didn't feel comfortable putting slub bait out because of the kids and the dog. Any suggestions?

Connie said...

Your can pour salt directly on the slug - if you can stand to see it shrink ...

I am not gardening because everything rotted. My son is doing it for the first time this year with raised beds, expensive compost etc. etc. and is crying his heart out as everything rots. Just too much rain here and not enough sun - especially this year.

Katrina said...

I have never had a garden but have always wanted one. My husband promises to get our side yard done by the end of this summer, and if he follows through with that, then that is where our garden will be. I have always dreamed of having my kids take pride in planting and growing their own vegetables and having strawberry bushes, and fruit trees. Maybe this summer it will finally happen for us. If so, I will be sure to take photos and blog about our progress :)

Kimberly said...

I have one peony that is nearly bloomed the first time in all the years we've lived here...Garden? Good thing peas like it cool- those are coming along fine as for my tomato plants, not so much- It's just downright cold and drear here!

RaD said...

It does seem to be all the rage this year doesn't it? Nope, not gardening (so far anyway, after vacation I might try out a few things) but we have planted a few flower seeds. The kids have been enjoying how much they grow.

Camille said...

Dear Stacie ~ Your garden looks amazing!! I have only just got a few things growing because I am a beginner. Carrots and corn so far ~ but as you mentioned we have had SO MUCH rain and cold weather...it's not been the greatest for the food we are trying to grow. :) How blessed we are to not HAVE to do this for survival!!

Have a great week!
Love,
Camille

candy said...

Tyson is growing quite a bit of things but i don't know how they are doing the kids say the tomatoes he started from seed are getting really big.He loves to do gardening,anything to do with the out doors.
your garden looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Stacie,
We have planted a garden again this year.So far so good.We will see what we end up with.Last year was a awful year for our tomatos.I am hoping this one is better.Fresh fruits and veggies are so yummy.:)Growing them helps picky eaters want to eat them too.
This is my first year with a flower garden too.I am so excited about them.~Nikki

Chris in FL--Joyful Mother said...

One day Stacie...I will have my garden. Right now life is a little hectic to think on this.

Your garden looks wonderful! YOu have quite a green thumb. :)

Anonymous said...

My family has a large garden (about 10,000 sq ft)
we garden because it's fun, delicious, cheap, and teaches the kiddos good character in the process-whats not to love? We also freeze/can a good amount of what we don't eat. Thanks for your blog!
Mikayla

J said...

You GO GIRL!!! Your garden is BEAUTIFUL!!! Home grown strawberries for chicken salad! OH. MY. I'm so glad you shared these pictures! You inspire me.

I have a small herb garden with loads of rosemary, a little basil, tarragon, and mint. I picked those because I love cooking with them. And that's it. I planted a big (for me) garden a few years ago. The whole fam promised to help. About a week into it, I was weeding and watering solo. It was fun, but a lot of work. At this stage, I'm not ready to recommit. Maybe in a few years. :)

melaniek said...

This is the first year I have been able to have a small garden with my hubby. Hopefully next year it will get bigger. I just love the idea of home grown food. Sometimes it is scary all the things they put in our foods bought at the store today. Your garden looks amazing! Do you think you could post your recipe for the strawberry chicken salad? It sounds so yummy!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I will try to remember, Melanik~ It is a small garden, but I do have quite a large herb garden that runs the length of the back of my house. I will have to post that soon. I don't know what I would do without my herbs!

kathy said...

Your garden looks great! What's in a chicken and strawberry salad? I have never heard of it but it sounds interesting. I have a lot of strawberry plants this year and am expecting lots of strawberries this spring. I love eating the good I've grown :)

Regina @VestPocketFamilyFarm said...

Set the boys to gathering slugs, 25 cents per slimy corpse. They can stab them with a stick.

You have to not be squeamish though when they bring them in for the count.

HATE slugs.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm finding gardening extremely satisfying. The whole, "if you plant it it will grow" thing. I've got a bunch of plants actually germinating. It is amazing how waiting until the weather is warm enough helps. I was getting so discouraged. Your garden looks great and I'm so glad you could use the compost bin!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Strawberry chicken salad, is a bed of your favorite greens, some left over chopped chicken, sliced strawberries, some sliced green onions, cucumbers and carrots. I like Ken's Raspberry Walnut dressing on mine, or you can make your own honey mustard dressing.

Yummy!

Out Back said...

Your garden is looking good. Mine is dormant at the moment, must get out there soon and get the garden beds ready for our Spring planting.

I like gardening because the rewards are lovely delicious tasting vegies and fruit. So much better than what the shops can offer. I mostly grow capsicum (bell pepper), tomatoes, silver beet, some herbs, apple cucumbers. We live where there is limited rainfall so I don't grow as much as I would like because the cost to water them can be expensive.

Nice to find you in blog land, to meet you and your lovely family.

Tania

Sarah said...

Stacie, your vegetable garden is coming along so well! We are longing to get some strawberries planted...but I think we may end up waiting till next year? There is just so much to do at the moment!

Our fruit orchard is totally overgrown, so much so that I have to hack my way through the nettles and thistles with a pair of shears whilst my mother comes behind getting all the fruit she can in the path that I clear! It is hard work, but very rewarding! We have only part cleared the green gooseberries at the moment! Red gooseberries, Blackcurrants and raspberries next!

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