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The Vegetable Garden

When my son was about 2 years old, I decided I needed a hobby. Pre-baby, my life had been teaching, working on my Masters Degree, and reading A LOT of books about reading and literacy in early childhood. Post-baby, my life was all about my new bundle of joy, teaching, and learning to balance the two.

My son loved to play outside (still does), so I decided gardening might be a good hobby for me. I wasn’t new to gardening. We grew up with a very large vegetable garden, all-you-can-eat raspberry bushes, and many hours of cleaning beans to freeze for the winter. Seven years ago my husband, 2 year old, and I started our own garden. We moved a few years ago and have a garden space at the new house too. It brings so much joy every year.

Here’s the family picking berries in the yard, last summer. (That’s my Riley Dog right there. He died of cancer not long after this picture was taken.)

A few weeks ago, the rain took a short break. I grabbed my camera to snap a few pictures of my freshly planted garden. This is the view from my bedroom window.

The area that the vegetable garden is in was completely empty, other than one REALLY big rhody bush when we moved in. We saw the idea to make rock pathways in one of my Country Garden’s magazines. The kids moved rocks from other areas of the yard to build the paths.

I usually grow veggies from seed, but this year we bought starts. Our new puppy, Cooper, doesn’t really know the “rules of the garden” like Riley did. I thought starts might be a better option this year.

I can’t wait to show you how it looks in a few more weeks!

Since my mom has really been the one to inspire my love of gardening, I thought I’d share a picture of her vegetable garden. This was taken last year. She always says that no one sees her garden, so let’s show it off.

We built the raised garden boxes when she moved into this house. Last Summer we put in the fence posts and bird houses. Her vegetables always grow about twice the size of mine. Her yard looks fabulous and very park-like.

I have lots more to plant this year. More pictures coming soon!!! Happy gardening!

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  • Leanne
    May 25, 2010

    Your garden looks great. I hope I can even plant one this year. We had SNOW today. Can you believe that? Hopefully I can plant one soon.

  • Teresa
    May 25, 2010

    Raised beds are so nice for gardening. I also get starts for all my squash, pumpkins and peppers. And oh, how I wish I had a raspberry patch!

  • Splurgie
    May 25, 2010

    I stopped at Riley Dog … what a sweetheart. I lost my lab last summer too. They hold a special place in our hearts forever, don't they.

    You'll have quite a harvest this summer!

  • Kansas Amy
    May 25, 2010

    I started a very small garden this year. Yours looks great! And yours mom's.. just beautiful!

  • MandeeFranee
    May 26, 2010

    beautiful gardens, yours AND your moms! đŸ™‚ I wish I had space for a garden (ok… and I'd also need to wish that I had gardening abilities if we're being completely honest here)

  • jayayceeblog
    May 26, 2010

    What a cool yard and a lovely garden. I wish I had a green thumb but can't even seem to grow tomatoes!

  • Brianne
    May 26, 2010

    Very cool!! I have a garden link up every Tuesday, you should come visit and link up your garden posts!!

    I am your newest follower!


  • Kaysi
    May 30, 2010

    Wow that looks great!

  • ★All Thingz Related★
    June 1, 2010

    Thank you for sharing at last week's Anything Related!