Monday, May 25, 2015

The Vegetable Garden Is Planted

 We planted the vegetable garden over the weekend...
Inside our new GARDEN FENCE that we recently installed.

We measured spacing and used a string to help keep the rows straight.
See the orange string above the tape measure?
I can't draw a straight line even with a ruler (seriously).

Yellow are my favorite.
We planted different varieties of red to be used for slicing and canning.
We LOVE homemade salsa - fresh or canned from our garden.
We will be using a different approach to staking the tomatoes this year...will share later.

Bell Peppers
Green, yellow, and red were planted.
I love to freeze peppers and always have them available when cooking...even in the winter.

Last year was the first year I planted this.
I have a delicious recipe to share once the kohlrabi is harvested.

They spread and take up a lot of room.
They are planted closest to one end of the fence, yet far enough way to have room to spread.

Basic markers put in place for the seeds that were planted...
green onions
green beans

Grape Tomato 
Last year one plant took up a lot of space and crowded the other tomato plants.
(should have listened to my Dad)
This year I planted one plant in a galvanized tub.
I put rocks in the bottom and used potting soil.
Not sure where I'm going to put this yet.

Also in the garden...
banana pepper

And of course, my Mother's Day gift hangs proudly on the fence gate.

What is your favorite vegetable to plant?

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  1. Too many to name! I love yellow tomatoes too. When planting in large containers, we add packing peanuts because they help with draining, but don't add weight in case you need to move the pot around.
    Your garden has a great start! Can't wait to see it thrive! Enjoy!

    1. Packing peanuts are a great idea...I don't have any on hand ;-( I love the flavor of yellow tomatoes!

  2. I love to plant tomatoes, lettuce, onions. I seldom have much luck with tomatoes.

    1. Sounds like you plant a lovely 'salad garden'...I have thought about doing those in pots.

  3. Today, I had a first taste of my sweet pea pod. I like planting peas because the start early in the season and you can harvest them very early. I like planting radishes because they germinate and produce in the blink of an eye. It's the immediate gratification after long winter and all that work, that really gets me.

    I like planting tomatoes because after the starts pass that precarious stage of the possibility of damping off, they turn into some impressive survives. When you lay tomatoes into the ground, they develop adventitious roots and grip to the ground so strongly.

    I like planting cucumbers because they grant me that refreshing and thirst quenching crunch in the middle of the hot summer. Don't mention the watermelon.

    I like planting . . . Do you want me to continue? Because this comment may turn out to be pretty long :)

    I can't wait to see all of your plants emerge and flourish.

    Enjoy your beautiful garden and the picket fence.


    1. Kimberly,
      I love the wording that you used describing why you love to plant things! Peas are something I have never planted. Love radishes - hubby asked why I didn't plant any ;-)

  4. I love that sign, and your garden looks like it's off to a great start! :)

    1. Not hoping for unruly, but definitely banking on some help ;-)

  5. love your fence! I'm glad you got it done! I'm still planting should be done in a few days,
    I have a galvanized tub. too i need to plant. I love your Dad's advice.

    1. Thanks Vickie. We got ours planted later than we wanted, but it worked out with the cooler overnight temperatures that we had lately. Dad's advice - well, I found out the hard way that he was right 'again'! ;-)

  6. LL, your fence is SO pretty! I finally got my zucchini planted, much later than I wanted to, also! I love peppers, lettuce and squash, my husband loves okra and tomatoes! Your garden is looking lovely, and I'm sure you'll have some great helpers, to help when it's harvest time! Have a great week!

    1. Thanks CB! I have eaten okra, but not grown it in my garden before. Last year our zucchini grew like crazy.

  7. Love your post & photos.. I have only recently become a keen gardener (you wouldnt see me in one when I was a kid and my mum still thinks its funny how I have changed!!). I have planted most of my vegetables now and looking forward to the fruits of my labour!! Thank you for sharing and joining Oh My Heartsie Wordless Wednesday Link party, have a fab day - Evija @From Evija with Love

    1. I hope your garden flourishes for you Evija!
      I ran away from the whole country life for a while. I'm so glad to be back! (and my Mom still thinks it's funny too how I changed).

  8. I love the sign for the kids! Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!


    1. I think the sign adds a little sass to the garden ;-)

  9. Such a cute garden and hopefully you will have volunteers for the weeds. I use container gardening for all my vegetables and herbs and dont have to much trouble with weeds, just keeping the quail away for my new sprouts.

    Thank you for sharing on Oh y Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday this week, happy to have you share!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Karren @ Oh My Heartsie Girl

    1. Thanks Karren. I use containers for my herbs ;-)

  10. Replies
    1. Thanks KariAnne. The weeds and I will be fighting before to long ;-)

  11. Your garden looks great Lori Leigh! I'm curious about the way you're going to stake the tomatoes. I'm always looking for new ideas :)

    1. Something my parents did last year...will share it once we do it. Tomato cages and stakes have failed us time and time again!

  12. You have such fun things planted! I can't wait to see how they all turn out. I'm hoping our tomatoes will make this year, it was so hot last year they didn't do well at all. Love your picket fence and the sign. So cute. Hugs, CoCo

    1. I hope your tomatoes make it too. I hear ya - when it gets so hot, I need to get in the garden early in the morning or after the sun goes down...too hot to work in it in the middle of the day.

  13. I think my favorite part about the garden is that sign!!!! :) Love it! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays each week :)

  14. It's such a good feeling when it's all planted. Won't be long till the fun begins! We have been eating lettuce and kale. With all the rain we've had things have really grown. I plant quite a few tomatoes because we love salsa as well. Both fresh and bottled! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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