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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's Really Growing

About a month and a half ago, I blogged about the building and planting of our small little veggie garden and some of you have inquired about how it is doing. Well to refresh you memory on the "before" and the labor of love that went into this garden, feel free to check out "let's hope it grows". You probably recall that this project was a big venture for hubby and I because we definitely don't have a knack for growing things.

BEFORE

And I'm proud (please don't be "green" with envy) that the garden is flourishing and I'm so happy that we took the challenge of growing our own veggies this year. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, dill, basil, and parsley - needless to say I can't wait to bite into those juicy tomatoes in a few more weeks.

AFTER - LOOK AT THAT BABY GROW!!!


TOMATOES AND CUCUMBERS


CHERRY TOMATOES, PAISLEY, BASIL, AND DILL


CUCUMBERS, CUCUMBERS, AND MORE CUCUMBERS


So what's the secret you are asking (ha ha). Well I read lots of blogs, websites, and magazines to get some tips and in preparing the soil we added mushroom compost as well. Then I make sure we water it regularly using our fresh rainwater from our rain barrel! The rain barrel was another labor of love that took us 10 times longer than we expected but we are definitely reaping the rewards with fresh, FREE rainwater at all times. Have I convinced you to make your own rain barrel? If so please feel free to read about our DIY Rain Barrel Project.

4 comments:

Brooke G. said...

It looks GREAT!
Maybe some day I will get ambitious enough to try one of those projects.....
Can't wait to hear how it all tastes!
Enjoy ;)

Allison said...

Melissa - That is awesome! I can't keep a peace lily alive! Good job!

Allison

Terri said...

Geez girl, look at that!! I'm envious of that rain barrel. Too late for this year, but maybe that'll make for a good winter indoor project as we dream of gardens as the snow flies. Thanks for your sweet comments, and for supporting my boycott of that restaurant on 176 in Wauconda that just put up a huge new deck. I loved seeing you at book club last night - what fun! And stick with those morning pages - good things will come out of the practice!
luv,
-t.

Fryer Family said...

Your garden looks wonderful! You will really enjoy eating the vegetables you have grown. Maybe you can try canning too, we are happy that we do. Then you can continue to enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long:)