The Garden




Here’s what the garden looked like nearly a month ago.

Here it is now:


Here’s the new section of the garden, yet to be fenced in. This photo is also from several weeks ago. We have potatoes growing there, along with two pumpkin vines, a cucumber plant, a few tomatoes, and a basil. Our potted herbs serve as a temporary border until the fence expands to include it.




The nasturtiums bloomed! Always a happy moment each summer.


Pears are ripening on the pear tree.


I harvested the mustard seed I grew for pickling.



Hooray for kids in the garden!

Here is River’s garden. She is growing beets, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Yesterday evening she added some marigolds. This first photo is from when we first planted it for summer. The second photo is about how it looks now.



Her beets are doing awesome.


A bit of traditional companion planting:


And the beans, rising up to glory:


This year in the garden we have growing tomatoes, basil, parsley, cilantro, green onions, storage onions, zucchini, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, pumpkins, peas (which are nearing their completion), shelling peas (which sadly did not do too well, we’ll try again next year), green beans, shelling beans (for dried beans), beets, collard greens, nasturtiums, marigolds, sunflowers, and lettuce. We grow several varieties of mint, as well as marjoram, chives, fennel, garden sorrel, lavender, and rosemary. We have had strawberries already, as well as raspberries (just a bit of each). Ripening on the trees are pears, a few apples, and peaches! Yes, peaches! We’ve had cherries and plums, with more plums to come. We don’t have surpluses of any of these foods, just some. But some grown at home beets all my friend. Beets all.


About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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2 Responses to The Garden

  1. Helen says:

    So you grow basil with tomatoes? I think I will try that out, can’t have too much basil anyway!

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