The Back Yard

6.02.2012

Now, don't get too excited. You won't find a beautifully landscaped yard. You won't find a stunning pool with flagstone surround. You won't find a stacked stone fireplace and a cozy sitting area in front of it. Nope, only in my dreams. We use to have a pretty green lawn until the severe drought we had a few years ago and then the grubs that decided to just consume what little grass was left.

One thing we do have though is our very first garden.Since all the grass is gone and the weeds have taken over we might as well grow some veggies and fruit. Right? We will eventually have some more grass around the garden......I hope. I am a manicured green grass yard kind of girl. So this is really driving me nuts.

 I have been meaning to show pictures of this from the beginning and then before I knew it was growing like crazy and we actually have veggies growing now. I did save some pictures from the start so you will see this from little young plants to now.


This was taken about three weeks ago. We were going to do a couple of boxes, but ended up with one box and then some more things were just planted in the ground in front of this box. In the box are tomatoes, bell peppers and squash.

Mr. Savvy added these poles to each side to be ready to start tying up the tomato plants.

Here you can see the box and the little area beside it. Then we decided to plant corn in beans on the other side of this. We even bought a tiller for this job.

We planted silver queen corn. This is after it started popping out of the ground which was very quickly.

This is the beans. I don't know what kind and mister doesn't either because he threw away the packet and can't remember what he bought. I guess it will be a surprise.

This is the corn this week.

Beans this week.

These are some extra tomato plants planted in this planter that was sitting empty on the side of the driveway.

Bell pepper plants a couple of weeks ago. Every time I look outside all the plants have grown over night. 

Couple of weeks ago.

This past weekend a fence made of chicken wire was put around the entire garden.

We have deer and I'm sure they would love to munch down the corn when it is ready.

So our garden has gone from this......

........to this in less than one month. Look how huge the squash plant is and we have baby squash, too.

In the unboxed garden are cucumbers. squash, okra, watermelon, and cantaloupe.

The tomato plants in the box have gone nuts.

This is the tomato plants in the planter.

Just look at all these tomatoes. I can't wait.

Happy gardening.

Have a super weekend!

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59 comments:

  1. How awesome, Kim! You will really enjoy those vegetables. Just wanted to stop by and say hi! Love what you have been doing around the place!

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  2. Unreal!!!! It looks like those things have been on steroids! Congratulations on your new garden!
    Nancy

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  3. I think it's just awesome!

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  4. Yummy! I'm afraid that at my house some of those tomatoes would have to be sacrificed for fried green tomatoes before they get ripe! lol My DD has a garden, too...using a pretty wooden planter box she found at the Spout Springs Home Depot...only $35! Easy to assemble and fill with garden soil! I may have to join in the gardening fun! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

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  5. That is a large area! I think this year we are just going to have a few plants of tomatoes...

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  6. WHOA~
    That is one serious vegetable garden, Kim! That's a full time job as a gardener kind of a garden!

    You are amazing!!!!
    We have yet to plant a vegetable here at the PH but my husband has mentioned many times he would love it.

    Just add one more thing to my list, please!?
    He doesn't pull a weed and hates yard work. So, I don't think I will be planting any veggies here.... unless they are in a container!

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    This is awesome and you know... grass is wayyyy overrated, Kim!

    xoxoxox
    Alison

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. WOW! That squash plant is unbelievable! My dads garden has gone crazy, also. I love fresh veggies. I know you can't wait to start eating them.
    ENJOY!

    Have a great weekend.

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  8. Wow!. Just beautiful. You going to have some delicious summer eating. I think you have a green thumb.

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  9. I am so excited you have a garden, Kim! There is nothing quite like picking a garden fresh tomato and savoring every bite. My tomatoes have been planted and I have one little green tomato so far. Good call on protecting your plants with chicken wire. My in-laws have a problem with deer and other critters getting to their corn and tomatoes before they get a chance!

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  10. It looks great! I had planned to start my first garden this year but it doesn't look like we'll make it. Yours is awesome! I know you will enjoy it!
    ~Betty

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  11. Wow, your garden is coming along nicely!

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  12. A totally awesome way to make lemonade out of the lemons that make up your bare backyard. Looking good!

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  13. now that looks amazing, thats a proper yard!

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  14. Looking good Kim. Someone is going to be eating good this summer!

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  15. Awesome Kim! Your garden is growing nicely! I am so jealous of all your space.I knew those squash plants would be gigantic! Our plants are producing zucchini, summer and butternut squashes. They are so cute! I'm sitting here eating a cucumber I just picked. Can't wait for the tomatoes!You were smart to put a fence around it. The critters I'm worried about are the possums. We had our tomatoes in a cage, but had to take the top off because the plant grew so tall!

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  16. Kim - It looks great- with or without a manicured lawn. I get it though- I do like green grass and keep ours mowed at about 3" all the time.

    I can't believe you have such a great garden going this year. What fun! xo Diana

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  17. Are you kidding me? Those veggies are growing like crazy!!! Who cares about grass? In fact, I'd easily give up my grass to be surrounded by trees as you are. Can't wait to see the fruits of your labor when they are picked. Be sure to take pictures of them alongside of a pencil or hand or something we can use to gauge their growth by. Awesome!

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  18. For some reason most of your pictures are not showing up. Maybe it's just slow to load. I'll try back. Looking forward to seeing the pics.

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  19. It looks wonderful Kim! I am really missing my raised beds now....

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  20. I can finally see the pictures. yay! I think there was something wrong on my end. I had issues with another blog too. I'm blown away at how big your plants are now! Yours is WAY ahead of ours! That fence looks like it will do a good job keeping your garden off limits to critters and deer. So far we haven't had that problem. Our squash is starting to sprout and our cucumbers. No tomatoes yet. I wish we had planted cantaloupe! I've heard it is delicious home grown. Looks like you're going to be harvesting soon!

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  21. Your plants are huge Kim. I can't believe this is the first time you've planted there, but it looks like you are going to have lots of crops to enjoy.

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  22. You've done a wonderful job on your vegetable garden! You are leaps and bounds ahead of us up north!
    Looks like you'll be eating some good stuff real soon!

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  23. Wow, the garden looks fabulous. Yu will have some veggies really soon, soooooooooooo good. Enjoy. I love the fireplace also. Hugs, Marty

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  24. You are going to be putting some stuff up!

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  25. OMG, your veggies are growing at rapid speeds. Everything looks fantastic, Im sure you will enjoy all the fresh produce.

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  26. Your garden is looking so good Kim.
    Your going to be making some great salads.Nothing tastes as good as vegetables from the garden.

    Kathy

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  27. I meant to plant popcorn this year... maybe there's still time?
    Looks great there!

    Solongfarm.blogspot.com

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  28. Awesome, we just started planting here, lucky you! Hey we were thinking of going to a movie tonight and I know you and Mr. Savvy having date nights...seen anything good lately?

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  29. Just stunning Kim and I am glad ya'll fenced it. I see deer tracks daily at my bird feeder but I figure it may be keeping them from my flowers.

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  30. Looks like your garden is flourishing. You are going to be eating well!

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  31. Kim: Your garden is coming along so well. There is nothing better than home grown corn on the cobb and stringbeans and tomatoes and....Happy Weekend..Judy

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  32. This is really impressive!! I most appreciated the pic of the box garden with tomatoes and the contrast of the container tomato~I have thought of doing a raised box~and that really shows off how good a system it is.

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  33. Holy cannoli, Kim, this is amazing! You are going to have a HUGE crop of goodies!!! I wish I were your neighbor:):) That is a sin about your lawn, I know how much you love to tend to it and make it beautiful. Well, EATING your veggies will be fun and not as much work:):) XO, Pinky

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  34. I can't believe how quickly everything grows in your climate!

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  35. Well that sure is a lot more fun than boring old grass. I love how fast they are growing. Next thing you know you are going to be posting salsa recipes or something. Well done farmer Kim.

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  36. I love seeing your garden! It turned out fabulous!

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  37. There's nothing like fresh summer corn! I've always wanted a raised bed - maybe next year!
    Kelly

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  38. Wow!!! I am very impressed! You will be eating well all summer!

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  39. Wow! This is the garden that you started just a couple short months ago. It's impressive. What a bounty your family is going to have this year.

    Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my project. It's amazing how you manage to get through all the hundreds of links!

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  40. Oh my gosh! You've got bionic vegetables there! You sure were smart to fence these. My love/hate relationship with our deer continues.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

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  41. WOW Kim, your garden looks GREAT! We didn't plant a garden this year. I'm going to really miss the tomatoes. Enjoy your weekend, Gail

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  42. We plant a garden every year and the viney plants like squash do pretty good but we have never had leaves that big! If that is your first garden and it is doing so well you will be hooked.

    ~Bliss~

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  43. Oh Kim, you have been bitten by the gardening bug now! You will be amazed at how fresh everything tastes.

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  44. Looks fantastic. Can't wait to hear how everything tastes!

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  45. WOW!!!!! I am impressed! Nothing better than a fresh home grown tomato sandwich!

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  46. Way to go Kim. I would love to grow veggies in the back yard. Jim says soon, we'll do this. I would need a little help, well a lot of help from him to start so I'll have to wait. Our back lawn has gone through this too, looking a lot better now but not the pretty place we had! Oh well. I'm impressed with your garden boxes and all your plants look great. I think you'll be eating fresh veggies soon. Enjoy your weekend.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  47. You're off to an amazing start! And of course you can't farm, without the proper machinery! :). I am so envious of your tomatoes! That and lettuces are easy to tell, when they're home grown. Wonderful!

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  48. Wow, Kimmie! Your garden looks marvelous and it grew so fast. You must really have a green garden thumb. Love the raised beds. Now my mother always had a garden and grew many of the same things. She always had okra and squash. Our favorite was to slice the okra, bread it in cornmeal and fry it up. Same with the squash! Yummy.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  49. Wow, Kim. What a great garden. Those tomatoes will be so sweet. Isn't just a miracle to watch it grow?

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  50. Great post! I love the use of your back yard space.
    The hotter weather of the south has made your veggie garden take off!
    Soon you will be posting about your armfuls of produce. Does that mean we will see some recipes and cooking posts from you, Kim!!!!
    I hope so!

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  51. Your garden looks great, Kim! We are enjoying a fruitful garden for the first time as well. Love it!
    CAS

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  52. Wow...how tasty. I love the way you write, Kim. It feels like we are having a conversation.

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  53. Growth spurt!! Everything looks beautiful... & will taste fresh & delish, I'm sure. Love a garden!

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  54. Oh my goodness! I wish I was your neighbor, since I know that you are either going to have tons to share, or you'll have to open up your very own roadside farm stand!

    It looks incredible Kim! I'm sure that you are so excited to start picking when it's time!!

    Have a nice weekend!
    xo-Lisa

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  55. Wow Kim, that is impressive!! Congratulations on your awesome garden, looks like you all do have green thumbs!

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  56. I think it's wonderful you have a garden. It brings back memories of my dad's garden when I was growing up. I love fresh tomatoes and frequent the farmer's market as often as I can. Nothing like fresh food in this day and age. Way to go! All I have luck with is herbs!!!

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  57. Fabulous. I can't wait to see what you make out of all the goodies.
    Is there a special purpose for the little rocks lining each row? I was wondering if that was to prevent eroding.
    What kind of fertilizer are you using?
    Hugs, Ginger

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  58. Kim....what a magnificent garden!!!....It has really taken off nicely....Grass is overrated!!!...Veggies are great!

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