"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body but the soul." Alfred Austin
Been wanting to get this post on for awhile, still figuring out the photo issue with my computer, but at least I'm getting a few back so more posts to come! :-) Knowing this year I was going to have my surgery and not be able to bend down well for awhile, I talked with Jerry about making raised garden beds. He quickly agreed and made me these amazing plant stands to place my containers in. It was a day project for him, one I appreciated very much.
He also drilled several small holes into the bottom of the containers so the water would drain out.
On a different day (minus the sun ;-) He also took time to make me this lovely trellis and bought me a beautiful new clematis plant. Each time we've moved I've had to leave one behind and they are one of my favorite plants. So starting again.....
He quickly found out the tree root was making it tricky to dig the hole, lol.
He also lovingly set up my rose garden, which they are currently blooming beautifully, I will post updated pictures of those soon. This was in the Spring as I captured the sunlight falling over the garden as it set for the evening.
I planted several herbs in my garden, along with marigolds to deter some insects.
"I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow"
- David Hobson -
Jerry made these so Kathleen could plant her strawberry plant and cucumbers.
Hayley chose these as different flowers are her thing.... takes after her momma ;-)
I love climbing vines/flowers so much! These are doing really well and we will soon need a taller area for them to climb up on.
"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." Gertrude Jekyll
These photos were all the early stages of my garden and now we have been enjoying the veggies from them. Although the squirrels have been too, lol.
Our pepper plant now, it's doing very well. We added some cow manure to the dirt mixture and it has really made a difference. A funny story.... this Easter Kathleen was hiding the eggs in the yard and was keeping mine in higher places so I wouldn't have to bend down, well sure enough she dug one down into the soil for me to find, not realizing there was cow manure in there... lol.... when I finally got the egg out, I decided not to eat the candy that was inside... ;-)
Tomatoes and brussel sprouts have taken off very well also!
Some goodies from our garden and just had to repost this one of Kathleen ;-) There is just something so wonderful about picking fresh veggies straight from the garden :-)
If you're looking for a yummy recipe for the zucchini in your garden, here is one for you:
1/2 c. plus 1 TBSP bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan
1 1/2 tsp. fresh oregano finely minced
3 medium zucchinis
olive oil spray
freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 475 degrees
Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan and oregano on a plate.
Cut the squash into spears. Layer them in one layer on the baking sheet and spray with olive oil. Turn them over and spray again.
Roll each one in the crumb mixture and place back on oiled baking sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes till brown and serve hot