Thursday, May 31, 2012

Update from the Garden

I shared with you on Tuesday my blogging dilemma:  the camera wasn't working.  Really, I just couldn't find the battery charger, and the battery was dead, so no camera.  We thought perhaps we left it plugged in at the hospital when Mason was born, so we were shopping for one at Costco yesterday.  We placed one in the cart, and then I remembered I had definitely used it at least once since coming home from the hospital.  So, when we got home I looked all over, yet again, and in a moment of desperation decided to look under my nightstand.  Aha! I found it!  Now I can resume taking pictures of moments like these:

and other less meaningful things that I talk about on this blog.   As soon as my battery was charged I headed outside to snap some pictures of our growing garden.

A few weeks ago I shared with you our Vegetable Garden with raised beds that we planted this year.  As a reminder, here is what it looked like at the end of March:

And, now look at it!

We are having SO much fun with this project.  Each night after dinner, we all grab a basket {minus Mason, who is usually wrapped across my front} and pick whatever is ready.  We've gotten tons of green beans, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, and cucumbers.  Here are some close-ups of what is to come:

Tomatoes, several varieties


Green Bell Peppers


Butternut Squash {great for making baby food}

Green Beans

Pole Beans


Zucchini, and some Dill there on the right


Cherry Tomatoes

Raspberry Blossoms

Raspberry Plants from my MIL

I've learned a few things from gardening thus far:
1) Watch out for overgrown plants covering the walkway--there could be a fire ant nest below.  I stepped into a nest two weeks ago and got several ant bites on my foot.  Maybe the real lesson I should have learned was to wear socks and shoes.

2) Don't stand on the other side of someone who is doing this:

Pieces of earth will fly and most likely hit you, which hurts. very. bad.

3) My baby monitor reaches to the garden!  Yay!  This means I can go up there during nap time and still get some work done.  Who says having a newborn is nothing but nursing and changing diapers?

4) Working the land is very fulfilling!  It brings me such joy to see Bradley enjoying his garden, researching new ways to make our crops grow, and eating the delicious vegetables that have grown.

How does your garden grow?


  1. Wow! Your garden looks amazing! How fun! I bet everything will/does taste so great. I love fresh garden vegetables...too bad you can't really have those in the city. :( Glad you found your camera and shared your sweet pictures at the beginning! :)

  2. What a bountiful garden! We just planted a few things in some pots. I'd love to put in a bed next year. Love how you arranged your raised beds, our back yard slopes a bit and this is a great solution!

  3. Wow, I'm so proud of you guys! You are such diligent and hard workers, and it's really fun to see the fruits of your labor. Your garden looks so beautiful! But I have to say, I like the pics of the kids better! I. Cannot. Wait. To. Meet. Mason!!!!!! He is so cute!!

  4. Hi Lauren! The photos of the children are adorable! They seem so happy! The baby has really grown! And your garden! It's amazing! Your's is a lot further along than mine due to my late planting! It's so amazing to watch children and a garden grow into what God created them to be! Blessings from Bama!

  5. Wow your garden is amazing!!! I know the zucchini taste delicious, and so did the cucumbers that you gave us! How rewarding to see such a full garden - and I love that you guys pick stuff every night! And those pictures of the kids are SO CUTE!! I love that Mason can still get his big sisters :)

  6. My how your garden grows -- especially the children. It is always delightful to see these precious little ones. Your family is flourishing.

    Your outdoor garden is fantastic. David may be consulting you for garden tips. What a great project for the whole family. Homegrown makes the meals extra special and extra delicious. Enjoy your garden(s)!

  7. Wow your garden is awesome! I have a square foot garden but I think it's been getting too much sun. Hopefully after this rain it will do better!

  8. I've been hoping for updated garden pictures! It looks like all of your's and Bradley's hard work is paying off.


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