In the garden now.

June 22, 2009 at 7:49 pm 17 comments

I made a big boo boo the other day.  I spent a good part of my day in the garden and though I don’t usually let the Bubba in with me he was especially curious as to what I was up to.  The boys all wanted a tour so I let them follow me around while I took a bunch of pictures of my new plants and since I can’t harvest yet it was a nice distraction.  We have some new things in the garden this year that I’ve never grown.  I had no idea what the red onions would look like…


Thing 1 took one of the “leaf thingies” chopped it up and harvested it away in a small bowl with tin foil.  It is in the frig waiting to go into a stir fry or some soup.  The tops are very strong and Thing 2 spit it out saying “SPICY!”

Of course, the Bubba couldn’t wait to get in to the action so he snagged a couple leaves, half chewed them up and then spat onto the ground saying “Ack, ick!” just like he had seen Thing 2 do.

I had no idea how quickly I would be adding on to my potato “cage”…potato flour

Ack, we can’t have flowers!  I’ve actually got to re-build my frame because the original one is not working.  Hurry hurry, I’ve got to get those buds burried!  That’s a job the Thingles can do, they love to play in the dirt.

I am hopeful that the new varieties of corn that I purchased specifically for their short growing season will yield some sort of crop this year.  I have a 4×6 area of three different varieties! 

I’m a girl, I couldn’t make up my mind!!corn

I love the red stalks on this heirloom black mexican.

My cucumbers have a long way to climb up this repurposed crib rail and will hopefully provide shade so I can have a longer season of harvesting lettuce.cucumber

My peas also have a long long way to go.  The boys can’t wait to play in their tepee fort! peas

The boo boo was when I came to the herbs and showed the boys how to chew on a sprig of mint.  Now I’m having to follow the Bubba around everywhere, “NO not THAT leaf,” then in two seconds more when he has a handfull of weeds “NOT THAT EITHER!”  What a dumb idea mom!  I’ve now spent the better part of the last few days teaching him that not all plants are safe to eat!  

“You have to ASK first!”  I scold.  Its scarry, I was dumb! I’ve put the big boys on “plant patrol” and poor Bubba can’t quite get it he leans down to every green thing napweed, sunflower or otherwise then obediently looks over at me and asks “Please!?” just like I told him to do.

I think the tomato buds are pretty in a strange sort of way.  The big boys couldn’t resist touching the tiny green tomatoes on the sweet 100, they are now with the bowl of onion “leaf thingies”.tomato flowers

Despite the toddler sized setbacks I am quite please with our garden and Thing 1 claims to know all the plants by name!  I couldn’t be prouder… cillantro

…well maybe just a little, I AM quite proud of this tiny plant since until this year I’ve never had luck growing cilantro!


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  • 1. Brian  |  June 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    It’s fun getting the kids involved in gardening. It’s so good for them. I wish we had a bigger area for a garden at my house. Great pictures!

    • 2. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 23, 2009 at 9:43 am

      Try containers, as Shirley (below) was surprised to see they even grow tomatos (most often cherry variety) in hanging bags, you can have strawberries that way as well. Cucumbers grow in containers provided you have a tray below (they need ample water) and lettuce is another container garden winner!

  • 3. gfe-gluten free easily  |  June 23, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Great pics, Jessie! Ah, you are doing a good thing teaching the kiddos. It’s exhausting at first, but they’ll be far better off knowing, Mom. 😉

    When we saw houseboats on our anniversary excursion, one had tomato plants growing upside down as hanging plants!! What’s up with that? Novelty? joke? Maybe they were cherry tomato plants, but looked like regular ones … I can’t see how that would work out well.


    • 4. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

      Yes it looks pretty crazy. I had one of those bags but was not dilligent enough at watering it. 🙂 Funny huh?

  • 5. susan  |  June 23, 2009 at 6:06 am

    What a wonderful garden! I really need to learn how to garden one of these days. We’d probably be eating a whole lot better and healthier too. One of your pictures above reminded of the childhood story “Jack and the Beanstalk.” I wonder if the “Bubba” thought of that too?

    Over at “RaisinToast

    • 6. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

      Even I eat veggies I grow! Hehe, I’m not a vegetable fan. You should give it a try, I never realized I had a green thumb. I still learn from mistakes but over all it is a blast.

  • 7. Kathryn  |  June 23, 2009 at 6:17 am

    I love reading about your adventures with the kidlets & seeing the pics of your garden. It is going great!

    My tomato was doing wonderfully, but something happened while we were gone. 😦

    • 8. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

      Oh no!? Some kind of visitor?

  • 9. purplemoose  |  June 23, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I have garden envy. Our plants are nowhere near that far along!

    • 10. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 23, 2009 at 9:49 am

      Oh man and I thought I had a late garden. I did put some stuff in the ground early this year and then I prayed! Please no frost, please no frost. Well guess what? We had frost but I was able to cover it in time. But now I know I can plant earlier as long as I am careful and don’t go overboard! 🙂

  • 11. Sarah C  |  June 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Hi there!
    Thanks for stoping by my page. So I decided to stop by yours. One look and it looks like I may be a regular.
    I love your photos, I love your garden. I just moved off a 53ac farm we had pigs,chickens,cattle,horse. I miss it. We not only sold our farm we sold our lifestyle.

    • 12. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm

      Aw bummer!? What happened?

      • 13. Sarah C.  |  June 24, 2009 at 6:40 am

        We lived next to a old saw mill. They went back into bus as a bio fuel plant, I was not sticking around to see if their run off ran into our creek. Our farm 4 days out of 7 would be covered in smoke from them. We found a buyer and figured we better go while the buying was good. Now we are on only 1/2ac (I wanted that) but now I’m sad about it and miss my animals:(

      • 14. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

        Ah, that breaks my heart! I have a hard time with change, God is working on me in that regard because you know what they saying “The only thing constant is change.” I’m sure God has a plan for you there too. Neighbors? Community? We had milk goats in the city! It’s not recommended and I’m sure against ordinance! 🙂 Shh! I bet you could have a killer garden though! My garden is only about 20’x12′

  • 15. Mindee@ourfrontdoor  |  June 23, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Jessie,

    Nice place you have here. 🙂 Nice garden too. I don’t have space for a veggie garden – too much shade and I so enjoy seeing others’.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and thanks for commenting. I live for comments!

  • 16. Jennifer Tupper  |  June 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I will live vicariously through your garden. Please more gorgeous photos are your garden grows!!

    I have one litle tomato plant in a large pot on my deck. 🙂 I’m very proud of it and it makes me happy. Someday, an entire garden.

    Your writing makes me smile.

    • 17. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 25, 2009 at 10:38 am

      I love to smile! 🙂


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