Wednesday, July 6, 2011


We didn't plant quite the variety we had in the garden this year but just more of less types of veggies.   We decided to stick with the easy things that taste better fresh or are more expensive to buy.  We planted the beans in succession so hopefully we will have fresh ones all summer.  Basil, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, zucchini, spinach and cucumbers rounded out the rest of the garden this year.

Those are cucumbers climbing the poles, the Japanese climbing variety.  They took a while to establish but they are finally taking off.

I have marigolds bordering the front and back of the garden and I love it.  The butterflies love them too which is a nice bonus.

The zucchini are massive, truly enormous and I wonder why in the world I planted two.
I am glad I have this book on hand!
Zucchini Focaccia bread is a big hit.

This so called "4th of July" variety didn't quite come through as expected but it is farther along than the other tomatoes.  Looking forward to BLT's and fresh pasta sauce with freshly picked basil and oregano.

Next to the veggie garden we dug up a plot for Grace to have a flower garden.  I wasn't sure how well she would tend it but she is doing a great job and is now reaping the rewards of having a cutting garden of poppies, zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers.

It is such a nice feeling to look at the fruits of your backbreaking labor.  For me it really is worth it.  

In completely unrelated news, check out this shiner......
Now this is story he will be able to tell his grandchildren.  The other day there was a deer in our backyard (not uncommon) and the kids went out to look at it.  They all started sneaking up on it and apparently they got very close to it on the edge of the property.  The deer must have felt trapped and bolted, bowling Asher over as she went.   Poor guy was quite shaken up.  Of course if we had known what they were doing we never would have let them get so close but thankfully Asher is o.k. and nothing worse happened. And now he gets to say that when he was 3 years old he was run over by a deer.


  1. That dear little face is most adorable! He sports his shiner well! His eyes are almost as large as a deer's.

    You garden is so exciting. I love gardening but don't have the need any longer for a nice size one. In our first house we had one similar to your and enjoyed working it. For now it is just a couple of square foot beds but they still bring me joy.

  2. Good job on the looks beautiful and so abundant. And Asher is so cute with his shiner. I don't know that I've ever heard of anyone getting a black eye from being run over by a deer. That's definitely unique!

  3. Wow, great pics, Christy! Poor Asher, getting run over by a reindeer and all. Rough life over there on the farm. I hope we can get this garden thing going over here someday. Til then, I'll live vicariously through you and your AMAZING garden - I'm so jealous! :)

  4. Asher got run over by a reindeer!!! Sorry, couldn't resist!!! So glad he's okay.

    We're enjoying the summer garden abundance over here too!

  5. We've had quite a few gardens over the years, but weren't able to put one in this year. :(

    Our favorite zucchini recipe was for Chocolate Cake. Seriously. Our kids asked for it for their birthday cakes. It was sooo.... moist. Yummm ...

    That is quite a shiner, and a story I'm sure he'll tell for years to come.

    Laurel :)


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