how my garden grows

I’m kind of realizing that if everything works out perfectly with my little garden I can very likely scrape together enough food to make a meal.  One.Meal.People. 

How rad is that?!  WaaaaWhooooo! 

Maybe (I mean definitely) I won’t be providing food for the winter, and maybe (again, definitely) canning and preserving are a bit of a stretch.  The whole point is, now I know I can do it – where a few months ago I was pretty sure I couldn’t.   And by no means do I think I’ve risen in gardening stature.  No, no, no, I’m still a grasshopper.  I don’t know jack.  But I know so much more than I did yesterday and tomorrow I’ll know still more. 

I am so super excited about all of this.  The bread, the soap, the granola and marmalade, not only can I do this, I’m DOING it and LOVING it.  I can’t wait to be in a place where I have a bigger canvas, where I can really delve into the potential of me.  Or us, rather, my husband’s in it to win it too.  I know more land will be so much more work, but the rewards will also be greater.  And this IS rewarding.  These babies were all grown from seed.  I did this.  There really is no better feeling that. 

I know many of you reading this may think I’m being silly and blowing my little success out of proportion; maybe I am.   I do realize there are so many others doing far greater things.  But I’m a So Cal girl.  I grew up kicking sand.  I never thought about where my food came from.  The closest I came to making food was sticking a marshmallow on a hanger and “making” smores.  This stuff is new to me.  I’ve never eaten okra.  And for the sake of full disclosure, I don’t even really know what okra is. 

But I know I can grow it, and so maybe I will.  Check out my little garden, see how it grows. 

Summer Squash and Tomato

Tomatoes (something ate the tops of the carrots in front of the tomatoes 😦 )

Late blooming Jalapeno plant

Bell Pepper! Another late bloomer.

Raddish in the front Cucumber in the back.

The only two (of ten) beets that popped up. I planted 15 more in the empty space there.

Lots of stuff happening with the summer squash.

Arkansas Black apple tree. The only thing not from seed.

I’d invite you all to an end of summer feast, but you’d have to byo feast. 




  1. So proud of you Jen!! I love all your posts…keep winging it! (very clever by the way)

    1. Thanks, my friend! You’ll have to come visit… Because you’re special I might even let you choose one veggie to take one bite of. Miss y’all.

  2. Great beds! You seem to be doing fine, no worse than the rest of us.

    1. Why Thanks, LC. No worse BECAUSE of the rest of you. I gather inspiration from blogs like yours and so many others showing me what to do and what to look forward to. Pretty cool.

    1. So far, so radical! Thanks!

  3. So it IS a deck box and NOT a veggie casket! Congrats! 🙂 I had a very small beet-per-seed-sown ratio too. Not sure what that’s all about. Guess they’re picky!

    1. Yay me! I’m so glad it’s a deck box and not a final resting place. Now I just need it to produce some produce.

  4. I came back and read your post again, I think it’s great that you’re having so much joy, with your husband, getting back to basics. You’re correct, you know so much more today than yesterday, and I know you’ll know more tomorrow. Keep at it, it’s work, however, very rewarding work. It’s a shame more people don’t know where food comes from or how much it takes of YOU to help it grow into something you can eat. I remember the first time I planted peas, I thought it was a lot. However harvest time came along, we had one meal and 2 quart jars of peas. That was a lot of work, they tasted great, but you’d need to plant 1/2 acre to make it worth your while to can. 🙂 Continue enjoying your work, your husband and it will help you both grow closer as well. My wife and I enjoy our gardens and are enjoying one another all the more. We can sit down for supper and be well pleased that most of what we’re eating came from our work and our own land. Have a great weekend, didn’t mean to write so much. Just kind of poured out like the rain is here.

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement!!! I AM enjoying it so much and can’t wait to branch out and try it all on a larger scale. I love reading your blog, hearing about what your animals are up to and seeing the results of your hard work. You can pour your words all over my blog anytime. Learning from those of you with real experience and wisdom is what I love most about this whole bloggin thing.

      1. 🙂 you are so kind. You’re correct, it is fun reading and learning from everyone else. Even when we’re in different parts of the country, some things still apply. Keep up the hard work and the great sense of humor. I think that’s a prerequisite for a farmer! We just have to “enjoy” what we’re doing. And we do!! Have a great rest of your week.

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