Friday, July 14, 2017

Our Garden Progression :-)

"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:

                                                                  Zucchini Sticks

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
Enjoy! :-)


NanaDiana said...

Wow, Jill. Your gardening efforts are beautiful to look at and are all paying off. It is just wonderful that you are able to live so close to the earth and nature and enjoy it. Sounds like you are feeling a whole lot better and I am so happy for you. Hugs to Kathleen! xo Diana

Nonnie said...

All of that is just beautiful. Your husband is quite talented and did a fabulous job on that trellis for the clematis. The flowers, the veggies and your raised beds are really nice. There's nothing like getting the fresh food from the garden. There are also so many different things you can make with zucchini. I'm glad you're feeling well enough to work in the yard.

mamasmercantile said...

We are thinking raised beds once we start on the garden to make it easier for Gerard. Your produce is amazing, your reward for all the hard work.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You have so many great planters...and plants! Love the herbs and glad you passed on eating the candy egg! haha! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Your raised beds look great. I am getting a couple this fall and will most definitely be using them next spring. Now if I could only find lots of sun in my backyard. Looks like you have lots of land around you....enough to spread your wings!!!

Amy at love made my home said...

What a wonderful veg patch you have! It is great that it is all so easy to get to and I am sure that it helps to keep any mini beasties away being up off the ground. I adore the trellis, that really is wonderful, so artistic and practical too!

Debby Ray said...

Bless your sweet hubby for building you wonderful raised looks like it is going very well too! There is nothing like fresh bounty from the garden, especially when it's your own! I love zucchini and love making zoodles :) Have a great week!

Red Rose Alley said...

Wow, this was a great idea to have raised garden beds, Jill. How thoughtful of your husband to make the plant stands. Your garden is coming along nicely. The area surrounding your home is so pretty. The yellow flowers are sweet. I look forward to seeing your blooming roses. What a wonderful sight that will be. There's just nothing like homegrown tomatoes, is there? Keep gardening, my friend.


Carla from The River said...

I LOVE the idea. So clever and lovely.
Everything looks wonderful.
I pinned your recipe, thank you for sharing.
Happy Gardening,

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

What a clever idea that turned out so lovely. Your efforts are really paying off and what an abundance! Thanks for the recipe...

Mildred said...

Makes me hungry to see these gorgeous, fresh veggies. Everything is looking wonderful.

Vee said...

Those are the cutest raised beds ever! There Jerry goes again!