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Monday, May 19, 2014

The garden is planted

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  The weather was beautiful and even though I didn't feel 100%, I did manage to get the garden planted.  In past years we've always planted it earlier, so I'm glad it's finally all done.
Here's what we planted:
  • JalapeƱos
  • Serrano's
  • Chili peppers
  • Thai Chili's
  • Habaneros
  • Yellow banana peppers
  • Red, Yellow and Green peppers
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Pickling Cucumbers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • String Beans
  • Cilantro
  • Basil

We planted a bunch of different peppers due to my husband's obsession with hot and spicy food.   I'm hoping that combined with the tomatoes and herbs we'll be able to make some great salsa.   

My 3 year old couldn't wait to get out the garden tools and get his hands dirty.  He was a great help and I'm hoping maybe he'll actually want to eat the vegetables since he had a hand in planting them.  I'm not holding my breath though. 

We still have to cut down the bamboo and buy new chicken wire, but at least the plants are all in.   

The garden stakes were made using shims and a little paint and scrapbook paper.  I just cut off the thin end with an x-acto knife, painted the short end then nailed them together.  
After they were nailed together I covered them in black scrapbook paper then coated the entire stakes in clear poly to help them withstand the weather.

I can't wait to have fresh vegetables from the garden and I'm really looking forward to the sweet potatoes.  We've never planted them before and I'm grossing my fingers they grow.  Has anyone else planted sweet potatoes.  I'm curious if you've had luck with them.  It says they take about 90 days to go, so only time will tell.  


  1. I love these little signs! Too cute! I have been trying to figure out a great way to label my plants. Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for sharing at Your Designs This Time!

    1. Thanks Emily! I only made a few and really need to make them for all the peppers we planted. It wouldn't be so bad if we only have a few different kinds, but it seems like my husband has to have at least 1 of everything!

  2. This is so good! Too bad I kill plants when I even look at them- therefore have given up dream of feeding my family from my own garden- or I'd need to make these!

    1. I don't keep inside plants for this very reason! I kill everything! I seem to have better luck outside, but I still have a TON to learn.

  3. Wow, you were busy! I am still quite a ways from being done with our garden, but it is still too cold to plant everything yet here. The signs are super cute!! I've been trying to figure out a way to make our garden look less utilitarian and more pretty, and those would certainly help!
    You know, I think having the garden veggies has helped my kids with eating more healthily (or at least trying new things). Our 1st is a born veggie eater but the boys...not so much!! BUT they will try stuff from the garden--I think it is just more exciting to pick it themselves and then eat it.
    I've never grown sweet potato but my mom has and she has fairly good luck with it if she starts it early enough and it gets enough heat throughout the season. She mounds the rows and covers them with black plastic (with holes for the plants) to keep the soil as warm as possible. I think she also waters it when it gets dry out to make sure the tubers form. We are in zone 4 if that helps--I'm sure a warmer climate would have even better luck!

    1. I can always count on you Liz for giving me great gardening advice! I think I may have planted the sweet potatoes too close together and fear they will take over the garden. Betwen sweet potato vines and cucumbers, I think I may in in trouble :) We made our garden slightly bigger this year, but I still don't think it's big enough! Maybe next year we'll expand it even more. My daughter is really good with eating and trying veggies, so I'm hoping my son will do better with the garden. Just last week he finally decided after 3 years of trying broccoli that he loves it! Total win!