Monday, July 13, 2009

Our Garden




I don't think I mentioned this before but my husband and daughter decided to plant a garden this summer. My daughter really wanted to plant one to "help Mommy save money". :)










We live in a small house in town with a decent sized back yard. It's not huge but good for us. My husband built a little garden area with some wood he bought from Lowe's and bought some plants from a nearby greenhouse. My daughter is so excited to have her very own garden and I am so excited that in a few weeks I will have some fresh veggies.











It's just a little garden but it is going to be really nice to have fresh tomatoes (my favorite). They planted a couple different kinds of tomatoes, some peppers and cabbage but mostly tomatoes.










Do you have a garden this summer? I would love to hear about what you planted and what you do with all of the fresh veggies.


11 comments:

Lori said...

That looks lovely! I have only a flower garden, as we don't have the space for more in our current house. Maybe some day.

Shelley said...

What a great way to involve your daughter in healthy eating! We don't grow anything to eat - honestly, with 2 cats and a dog, I just know they'd pee on my garden and that is enough of a gross-out factor to not have one!

Janet said...

Nice garden and lovely little helper. I have a container garden on my deck and am growing: bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, sweet peppers, slicing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, strawberries and some kind of bean that my daughter planted in a cup and brought home from school. We replanted it and it's growing like crazy. So far I've only harvested 1 tomato. All my peppers are getting close and I noticed this morning my cherry tomatoes are starting to turn red.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

We have a sauce garden. We plant peppers, basil, and lots of tomatoes. We like to make sauce and salsa. I can't wait for things to get ripe.

Kate said...

I've got a garden with roma, beefsteak, and some other kind of tomato (about 20 plants altogether), a few bell pepper plants (8 or so), some squash, and some herbs. Only the herbs are ready to be eaten, but as soon as the other stuff is good to go I'm going to enjoy the fruits of my labor. :)

Becca said...

I also have tomatoes. They are a bit of a jungle but we have gotten a couple of pints of cherry tomatoes already. We also grew and harvested a ton of lettuce, as well as turnips and sweet peas. My pepper plants look like they are getting too much shade from the giant tomato plants as well as too much sitting on by the toddler. So far, I think its been successful. When the larger tomatoes ripen I will be so excited for tomato sandwiches.

biz319 said...

We tried for YEARS to grow a garden, but our acre lot didn't have a space big enough that got direct sun all summer long because of the trees.

Then we discovered at the end of the season we could buy tomatoes at $5.00 a bushel, so we gave up!

But I can salsa and basic pasta sauce every year - nothing like opening a can of roasted salted in December when its snowing! :D

Mama Bear June said...

Oh, how cute is that???? I would love to have fresh veggies, but planting anything at our altitude seriously intimidates me, plus I tend to kill all green things that come near me. I didn't inherit all of the farming genes from my Iowa grandparents. Maybe I'll try the topsy turvy tomatoes. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I planted 7 tomato plants, 3 banana pepper plants, two sweet pepper plants, one red pepper plant, one hot pepper plant, 6 cucumber plants, which I plan to pickle tomorrow, one yellow squash plant, 6 zucchini plants. I am having fun. Lots of cucumbers so far and zucchini.

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

Thanks for all of the great comments. I would love to have enough tomatoes to make fresh salsa (and a recipe :)) and spagetti sauce. I also wish we would have planted some zucchini. I love zucchini bread! Maybe its better that I don't have any ;).

Anonymous said...

This comment applies to this post and the one about picking and freezing veggies from your in-laws garden. If you have lots of extras, just chop them up and freeze in baggies, without all the blanching. I have frozen about 8 baggies of zucchini, 6 of green peppers, and several onions so far. The green peppers go on homemade pizza, the zucchini is great in the crockpot all winter long. I add chunked up pieces (still frozen) to any dish that has tomatoes (best is chicken cacciatore or made up jambalaya). They cook up nice and add some needed veggies that the kids don't notice. When my tomatoes get abundant, I will do them also. I don't even peel them. Just chop up and freeze in quart size baggies. Winter dinner becomes some some chicken or sausage in the bottom of the crockpot, a baggie of frozen tomatoes on top, a baggies or two of frozen veggies, and whatever spice I decided to sprinkle in. Cook all day on low, and serve on rice. The spices change the flavor immensely. I have even been known to chop up and freeze celery if there is some in my fridge starting to wilt. (Eggplant works too, but my kids won't eat it.)
My mom did all the blanching and freezing and canning when I was kid, and now she is amazed that I take the easy way out and you wouldn't know the difference. Try it if you get a chance, especially if you have any neighbors who are trying to pawn of summer squash.

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