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In the Garden: Growing Our Own Food

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I haven’t spent as much time in the kitchen the past couple of days, but not because I haven’t wanted to. I just felt I owed it to my beautiful garden to spend some time in there, taking care of what will eventually find its way into my kitchen. Not to mention, I’m slightly addicted.

We’ve had so much rain lately, that I’m playing a game with the weeds, which is not fun, but at the same time, all that rain is so incredibly good for these plants that I don’t mind the weeds. Well, I mind them, I am just more tolerating at the moment.

After three days of rain, my garden just literally burst forth with vegetables and fruit at every turn and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Banana Peppers

 Banana Pepper

While I have several banana peppers growing these two are actually one in the same. These photos were taken 3 days apart after 2 full days of nothing but rain. As you can see Mr. Banana Pepper definitely loved that rain.


big blueberries Blueberries

These are my babies this summer. I am so excited by the sheer number of blueberries we will be ending up with, which is sure to be turned into jelly’s, muffins, pancakes, drinks and more.

I have a fantastic Lemon/Blueberry Drink coming to the blog soon.

Here’s a large portion of one of the bushes. If you look closely you can clearly see how many are growing.

Blueberry Bush



Yep. Look at those little babies… I cannot wait until these are growing bigger. The vines have several large clusters, but this is our first year with these guys so I am not sure how much they will produce. These are Riesling grapes.


jalapenos1 jalapenos2

Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes tomato


Lavender & Lemon Thyme

Lavender Lemon Thyme

Purple Basil

Purple Basil

My purple basil has not really loved the rain so much, just a bit too much for his liking.

I’m going to be pulling leaves and freezing them so I don’t lose any.

We also have mint, sweet basil, rosemary, chives, thyme, and a few others.

Zucchini & Squash


We also have acorn squash and spaghetti squash. Next year we will be adding butternut squash to the garden.

And here is a headache inducing picture of one half of the garden (this was taken about 3 weeks ago, so a lot has changed and even a few plants have been moved. You can see in the picture what is growing. The other side not in the picture has the blueberry bushes, grapes, onions, green onions, garlic, squash, more tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, sweet potatoes, and a few others.

Half Garden

The strange watermelon hybrid has been since removed from the garden and transferred to another area of the yard to see what it does. We really don’t think it’s going to do anything, since it didn’t last year.

So, tell me … what’s growing in your garden?

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Wednesday 26th of June 2013

We have been gardening for some years now. I used to garden a 20'x40' plot, but as I get older I'm down-sizing! We've cut this plot in half and I have several raised beds. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplants and herb are our main plantings. I have a question for you.....What do you do about squash bugs? I'm losing my zucchini to them again this year!! I've tried a couple different pestisides, but it doesn't seem to harm them. :(

Laura @ Family Spice

Thursday 20th of June 2013

We don't get the rain you do, so my garden is struggling even with our new drip system. We've got six varieties of tomatoes (hee hee!), cucumbers, carrots, squash, strawberries, green beans, kale, asparagus, artichoke, blackberries, blueberries, eggplant and a slew of fresh herbs! LOVE summer time!

Nicole Cook

Friday 21st of June 2013

Ooooh you have a few things I want to add next year and a few I'm still waiting to plant. I wish I had a drip system. We get rain but I usually have to go out every morning and stand there and water the garden. It's oh so much fun, but the rewards are worth it ;) Good luck with your garden Laura!

Alaiyo Kiasi

Thursday 20th of June 2013

What an absolutely beautiful garden. It's so neat and tidy as well (unlike my veggie garden). Kudos!


Nicole Cook

Friday 21st of June 2013

Alaiyo, thank you so much. It's not as tidy as you think. We did have to move a few things around ;) LOL


Thursday 20th of June 2013

Looking Good

Nicole Cook

Friday 21st of June 2013

Thanks Brandie!

Helene D'souza

Thursday 20th of June 2013

2 weeks ago I weeded my garden and now it looks like a jungle again. I should spend some more time in the garden just like you. I think so I own that my plants the problem is that they grow so quickly recently and there are weird creatures roaming about. O.O

I am impressed Nicole! The blueberries are huge, never seen such big ones. Any idea where the purple basil comes from? It looks a bit like the indian krishna holy basil. I wish I had lavender and thyme in my garden. Nice one thank you for sharing!

Nicole Cook

Friday 21st of June 2013

Oh I feel your pain. No joke. The weeds are a constant fight and while I might have spent some time lately, there will be times where it will become almost over run. My least favorite part of gardening, but I know I simply must. I'm not sure where the purple basil comes from. Honestly, this is the first year we did it... saw it growing at the green house and said... that is gorgeous, I want it. I didn't even care if it tasted good (it does!) I just loved the color! haha Thanks Helene!

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