On April 10th I posted “My First Vegetable Garden – If I Plant it, It Will Grow”. What a difference 7 weeks has made in the growth of my vegetables. My mantra “if I plant it, it will grow” is working. Having a vegetable garden would definitely go on my list of “Why have I never done this before?!”. I’m sure we all have those “lists“. What are some of the things that would go on your list of “Why have I never done this before”?
I’m just happy that I have discovered the joys of vegetable gardening now! Who would have thought that a little girl and grown woman that doesn’t like to get dirt all over her hands and under her nails would fall in love with vegetable gardening?! It happened … each morning now I walk down to look at my vegetables and observe them and view the changes. It is amazing to me that something that I planted from seed and nourished has grown and continues to grow. It truly is nourishment for the soul. I never “got it” until I actually started my own vegetable garden. I find immense pleasure in watching my vegetables grow and in watering and caring for them. I had my first lettuce salad from the garden and an arugula and lettuce turkey sandwich – that was one of the best turkey sandwiches I’ve had! I also discovered that arugula is one of the fastest growing vegetables from seed … it should be ready to harvest 30 days from planting.
Take a morning walk with me and see what’s growing in the gardens.
Peas, Arugula, Potatoes, Kale, Beans, Eggplant, Beets, Tomatoes, Sage, Lemon Basil, Lime Basil, Peppers, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Swiss chard
Radish, Carrots, Purple Basil
Isn’t this the most beautiful color of lettuce?!
Growing in a container I have Citrus Mint.
And … Chocolate Mint. This smells heavenly!
I hope you enjoyed the walk through the vegetable garden.
May all your gardens grow well and flourish!
Looks great, what an organised vegie patch you have 🙂
Thank you very much and thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment! 🙂
Looking good, enjoy the fresh ingredients.
Thank you! I will definitely be enjoying the fresh produce. Have a great weekend!
I can’t plant one this year as we’re moving and I’m missing it. Love watching all the buds pop out and the shoots spring up. Looks lovely.
Thank you very much. Ahhhh …well, you will have a garden to look forward to next year! 🙂
Your garden looks beautiful! Can’t wait to see how you use it’s bounty.
Thank you so much! Have a wonderful weekend!
I love it! You and I are alike in that I also check on my little garden daily. I started with more plants rather than seeds so mine is very much in bloom. But the tomato plants are what I am happiest about. They are doing well. I’ve been using the herbs and lettuces too. My son loves to go pick lettuce or spinach for his mountainous sandwiches. Happy gardening.
Thank you very much! Yes, it is a lot more pleasurable than I even imagined. That’s great that your son is learning early and also enjoys it! 🙂
Who would have thought that a little girl and grown woman that doesn’t like to get dirt all over her hands and under her nails would fall in love with vegetable gardening?!…
If someone had told me that I would be anxious and willing to go outside during the heat of the day, I would have laughed at them. It has been amazing the transformation gardening has brought about in me. While I still do not enjoy the heat, my enjoyment of my garden overrides the disdain, almost everyday.
It is amazing isn’t it?! The wonders of natures are truly the best gift we can receive!
Your garden does look fantastic. Nothing tastes as good as fresh veggies especially vegetables grown by your own hands!
Thank you so much! I already have plans next year to add another … let’s see if it will fly with hubby though! lol Have a great weekend!
oh my goodness! that looks fabulous! 😀 you are giving me tons of ideas..I am already making mental plans for my garden..next year hopefully when I finally have my back yard! Great job on your garden..!
Thank you so much! It was so fun to plan and even more exciting now that the veggies are growing! You’ll love it!
Your garden looks wonderful! There’s nothing like fresh vegetables you’ve grown yourself… I’m not able to plant a regular garden anymore due to an injury, but this year I have a few containers on the grow, and my brother is going to build me a box that’s high enough for me to plant next year! I can’t wait!
Hi Tami … thank you so much for the nice compliment! That will be great when your brother builds your box next year. I saw that in square foot gardening … they make boxes and you can place them up high … great too for people with bad backs! Have a wonderful Sunday!
Glad you discovered the fun of gardening! We just picked our first 6 cherry tomatoes last night, and will use them today in an Insalate Caprese. Also, our basil is going crazy this year! So, every time we make any kind of sandwich, on goes the basi. Just can’t get enough of these goodies. Congrats to you on your progress!
Thanks! Me too! I cannot wait for my tomatoes instead of these semi red tasteless things they call tomatoes in the supermarket! Basil is great! I just have enough pesto left in my freezer to last me until my basil is ready. I can’t wait to try out the lemon and the lime basil – I’ve never had either of them – have you?
We’ve been using so much basil I should be turning green 🙂 Have not tried lemon or lime basil, but do have lemon verbena (which is a tender perennial). Just made a recipe that called for using it in pesto and it was deluxe. I’ll put that on my site soon. It’s green beans on the grill with pesto…is was yummy.
Do you freeze your pesto in ice cube trays? We started doing that and then put them in freezer bags.
Ohhh .. that sound excellent!! I have seen lemon verbena (i didn’t realize it was a perennial – nice plus!) and it smells wonderful. I didn’t get it because I wasn’t quite sure how I would use it. I may now pick some up!
Yes, I froze them in ice cube trays and then a zip lock too! 🙂
Here’s the link for the Lemon Verbena Pesto recipe from Epicuious.com:
I added some basil to it, as the lemon verbena has a REALLY strong flavor that had to be toned down a smidge. Hope you get to try it!
Thank you so much for remembering! That sounds wonderful! And it just so happens I planted bush beans. Perfect!
I too check on my garden daily. Your garden is beautiful, love your lettuce combo. Thanks for the tour.
Hi Norma – thank you! I am enjoying it so much I’m hoping to add another raised bed next year!
This is inspiring me to build one!
You would love it!! It’s great to walk in the backyard and pick your own produce! Square foot gardening sure makes it easy!
It’s such a great idea! Home depot… here I come!
My husband jokes that Home Depot is our home away from home! We have an older home and we’ve remodeled it throughout the years …so many many trips to Home Depot! Actually, Home Depot carries the 4×4 square foot garden and all you do is slide it together and add soil!
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We have the HD 4×4 raised bed garden, and it has worked out really well.
I have that one as well and the larger one my husband built. I would like to get another large bed next year … we’ll see how that goes over! lol
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