Why Do I Garden?

I was down in the garden yesterday for almost 2 hours harvesting and pruning. I got quite the collection of tomatoes and decided yesterday was a good time to make sauce. I will be blogging about that later. 🙂

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Anyway, when I was in the garden for such a long time yesterday I started thinking about why I have a garden if it is so much work. I mean really? Why? Besides vegetables why put in all that work? There is really one reason, the beauty of the garden. There is just something about being surrounded by flowers that is so wonderful. Some people run to clear their minds, which I do sometimes, but gardening gives me a chance to think. I don’t think I’m alone here either. I know most gardeners can relate. The fact that I get so many vegetables is an added bonus.

imageedit_16_8333711944It was really neat watching the butterflies who didn’t seem to mind me snapping away with my camera. I must have taken at least 20-30 pictures of this little guy.

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I also love the Butterfly Bush in my garden that attracts so many butterflies. I think next year I’ll get another one for the other side of my garden.

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I don’t think you can argue with the beauty here either.

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T.J. also enjoyed the garden, as he just sits to watch everything around him. 🙂 He’s my gardening buddy.

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So there’s really nothing special about today’s post, but I wanted to share the beauty of my garden with you. If you garden, why do you garden?

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Planters and Flowers

Last week I decided to put all of my ‘collectables’ also known as ‘junk’ to good use. All of the planters I received for free or I already had them from previous years. The main cost of the planters was the flowers. I didn’t have anything special for the second shelf, so it’s just plastic. But it does blend in nicely with my beans!

I even turned an old milk container into a planter and also a bucket. I think it is starting to take shape! I added flowers to the other side as well.

The flowers I added, I got at a farmers market for $1.50!! I think they add a beautiful touch to the garden! I got the thermometer from an Amish Mud Sale for $3! No one wanted a rusty old sign, but I DID! In fact, I wonder what others think when I buy this stuff.

 

I also redid my window boxes and found old scissors to add some character!

Flowers MAKE any garden space! I wanted a garden that felt good to be in, not just work! The only thing that would make my garden better would be some sort of garden swing! I will have to work on that one! My husband said, “And where are we going to put that?”  Since I don’t have a swing yet, flowers will bring me peace!


So far I am very happy with the beautiful flowers. I got the sunflowers at a farmer’s market for $1.50. I just love the way it looks behind the blueberry bush and the wash board!

 

 

Mulching and Replanting

Today we had to go to the greenhouse to buy flowers and a few vegetables that didn’t make it through the frost (even though I made a greenhouse to protect them.) The greenhouse we visited today is actually an Amish farm and the prices are very reasonable. They even had a very good selection.

I had to plant new tomato plants, cucumbers, peppers, and squash. Somehow my potatoes, onions, and a few tomatoes made it through the cold temperatures but have a little bit of frost damage. I also planted flowers in window boxes today.

 

You can also see in this picture how we are trying to keep the rabbits out of the garden. We learned that raised flower beds DO NOT KEEP THE RABBITS OUT! I thought they would, but a rabbit ate all of our lettuce. Good things it grew back!
My garden now consists of 5 raised beds (5′ x 5′) and two other small boxes that contain raspberries, asparagus, beans, and eggplant. If all the crops actually grow, I am going to have A LOT of vegetables!

We had to order one more scoop of mulch today. I wasn’t going to mulch, but then the soil seemed to dry right up. The mulch will help keep the plants damp and hopefully I will not have to weed as much. I did find a good site on mulching. However, most articles that I have read said you should use leaves or hay. I think it should still work.