Supplementing My Budget With A Garden

I have written before about how I am crazy about gardening.

I just love the fact that I can plant a little seed and then see it sprout, grow, and produce tremendous fruits, vegetables, flowers, and foliage.


Over the past month, the garden has produced the following vegetables:

  • Dozens of zucchini
  • DOZENS of cucumbers
  • Strawberries
  • Several yellow squash
  • A hundred ears of sweet corn
  • DOZENS of yellow pear cherry tomatoes
  • Several Better Boy tomatoes
  • Dozens of bell peppers
  • Dozens of jalapeno peppers
  • Onions
  • Snow peas

And shortly it will produce about a dozen watermelons and at least four canteloupes!  In the fall, I will get to harvest sweet potatoes, peanuts, pumpkins, and butternut squash.

The herb garden has cilantro, basil, chives, and bee balm.

The flower garden has day lillies, surprise lillies, sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolas, purple coneflowers, cleome, aster, marigolds, shasta daisies, sweet william, snapdragons, celosia, coleus, alyssum, coral bells, liatris, and chinese lanterns.

I tried this year to grow luffa sponges again.  I tried them two years in a row in northern Indiana and all they did was vine all over the place.  This year, in the hot south, I decided to try them again.  And they have been vining all over the place AND blooming.  Today I discovered that it has actually set a large luffa sponge gourd!  I am so thankful because now I know that I will be able to have soft and smooth skin all winter long.  Smile

I have attached a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Sunflower (over 10 feet tall!)

Watermelon (just under twenty pounds at the moment!)

Luffa Gourd!

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