Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Tour of the Garden

I took these photos a few weeks ago. I realized that I haven't posted any photos of the garden layout so here is a little tour.  On the right, is the raised bed of pumpkin and zucchini squash.  Next to that is a bed of Eggplant, Leeks, Celery, Beets, and Radishes.  In the very back are the pole beans, yardlong beans, broccoli, and brussel sprouts.
I'm really loving the celery plants, the seeds were given to me by Food Garden Kitchen.  They are growing really slow, but doing very well.   And the best part, bugs seem to leave them alone.   I like to cut only what's needed for cooking, I'll trim only the outer leaves and stalks to cook with and then continue to let it grow.  This will definitely return to the garden next year.
Here is the Japanese pumpkin plant.  I'm a little bummed because I have yet to see a pumpkin growing on the plant.  The plant is gigantic, so it's very frustrating.  Argh...
On the far corner of the garden, are the cucumbers growing up the picket fence.  I don't even put up a trellis because they will grow up the fence.  I'm growing a few different varieties of cukes this year.  White Cucumber, Straight Eight, Parisian, and Boston.
I should have labeled these plants, because I have no idea what's what.
I believe this is a Straight Eight cucumber that is forming. 
Here is the left side of the garden.  We never got around to putting in raised beds so everything is directly in the ground which I hate because there are SO many weeds!  This side has the peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, asparagus, peas and strawberries.
Here are the raised beds outside of the fenced area.  We quickly ran out of room on the inside fenced area so we put 4 raised beds on the grass.  I'm thinking I still need more room.  Maybe I can put in more raised beds and get rid of the grass entirely.  hahahaha. In this bed, the hubs is growing tobacco to roll his own cigars.  I'm not thrilled with this "crop" so I only gave him half a bed to indulge in his hobby. The other half of the bed has tomato plants.
This is the bed with the Heritage raspberry plants.  We only got 2 berries this year.  I'm looking forward to next year, I hope we get lots and lots of berries!
We have one bed with 15 tomato plants in it.  I think it's going to get overly crowded, we shall see.  Behind that bed, is our rhubarb bed.  I have 3 rhubarbs growing in it.  For some reason, I have a very hard time growing rhubarb.  The three plants I grew last year all died.  I planted 4 more this year so I am hoping for the best.  I just hope next year I can harvest some rhubarb.


  1. Your gardens look great, thanks for the tour. Glad you like celery, it is a plant that not many people grow these days which is too bad as it such a versatile plant...and like you, I have never had any bug issues with celery. Nice cucumber!

  2. I love this about gardening: There's always next year. My fingers are crossed that your rhubarb and berries will thrive. Pretty tobacco plants.

  3. Very nice. Lots of hard work, but worth the effort.

  4. I enjoyed the tour. I hope you get pumpkins pretty soon. I'm surprised the tomatoes will grow next to tobacco. I know you aren't supposed to handle garden plants after you've been smoking, I just remembered why. It can spread tobacco mosiac or something like that.

    That tobacco looks a lot like my nicotiana sylvestris, which is a kind of tobacco.


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