Gardening Fun 2018

///Gardening Fun 2018

Gardening Fun 2018

Hello! Hello!

I’m just getting back from my trip to Destin.  I’m hoping to put together photos from the trip for a post tomorrow.  In the meantime, I thought I’d kick off this lovely week with a glimpse at what I planted in my garden this year.  For those of you are who newer to the blog, I LOVE growing plants and flowers in the spring and summer.  I keep a big collection in pots on my deck and also have a pretty large raised bed by the side of my house.  It’s one of my great joys!

The weekend before last I went a little crazy at the Herb Festival and plant farm.  This was just part of my collection I had to get in the ground and pots in day.  I ended up picking up plants from no short of four places before I was done.  The Hubs was such a good sport helping me carry them all around and filling the car with heavy soil bags to plant them in.

I did lots of veggies in the raised bed again this year.  There is nothing like fresh picked veggies from your own backyard.

I decided to plant an extra zucchini plant.  I always seem to lose one of of them by July, so I’m hoping an extra will keep me eating zoodles all summer.

I also did one regular summer squash plant.

I also put in a burpless cucumber…

… eggplant…

… and four different kinds of peppers!

With the remaining space I’m going to plant two varieties of green beans and also kale!  I hope I have enough time to get the kale going before it gets too hot.

I love tomatoes and do them in pots on my deck so I can keep my eye on them.  Tomatoes are finicky for me.  I planted a red cherry, yellow pear and two black cherries. I’ve found it’s a lot easier to grow smaller tomatoes, so that’s what I do!

My herb tower needed a bit of a refresher after a long winter.  I got new dill, parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lemon oregano.  Those out of control chives come back every year no matter how much I neglect them.  I do need to cut the flowers back so the chives don’t get hard, but for now I decided they are pretty. 🙂

If you like this herb tower I did a DIY post many moons ago on how to make this yourself HERE.  This is such a fun thing to have on your back deck near your kitchen.  It makes it easy to get to your fresh herbs for cooking.

I also replaced my mint plant with plain peppermint and strawberry peppermint.  The old plant wasn’t showing any signs of life yet, so I wasn’t sure if it would actually come back or not this time.  In milder winters it does fine, but this year was so cold!

I never seem to have enough basil so this year I also planted four separate basil containers.  I have big dreams of fresh pesto and caprese for days.

I also planted flowers!  Some of the plants I got are still pretty small so they will look a lot more lush in a few weeks, but here’s a little peak…

Aren’t these so pretty?

These are my window boxes.  I shared how I do my window boxes here.  They also need to grow in.

I also added an extra pot on the other side of my deck this season.

I just love the way it all came together and I can’t wait to get home and watch it grow!  Hopefully we’ll be eating fresh veggies in no time.

Love gardening? Here’s more about my green thumb…

Also check out this super effective plant food recipe from Maybe I Will! It can help your plants grow faster.

Your turn!

Do you garden?  If so, what do you grow?

By | 2018-05-19T09:18:33-04:00 May 14th, 2018|Fun, Gardening|11 Comments


  1. Sana May 24, 2018 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to see the pictures from your trip! The only thing I have success growing is mint and cilantro!

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  3. Kristy from Southern In Law May 15, 2018 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I am so jealous of your garden. We recently ripped out our veggie patch as we had too many issues with bugs/creatures eating our veggies and Jesse had totally had enough! We had 16 ears of corn that were completely eaten and Jesse was SO mad ????

  4. Meagan May 14, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I need to plant my veggies but I’m really excited for my veggie garden this summer!

  5. Lisa Ballantyne May 14, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Loved today’s post Julie! It’s settled–I’m raiding your garden, LOL! I love home-grown herbs myself!

  6. Erinn May 14, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

    These are gorgeous pictures! We’ve been planting our garden like crazy recently too! I’m so excited for fresh homegrown vegetables.

  7. Trish May 14, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

    This all looks so good! I’m going to have to take some tips from you and try this myself on my beautiful back deck.

  8. Paula May 14, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Beautiful plants!! Good thing you bought another zucchini plant! My Mamaw, who always had a garden told me to always have at least 2 of each plant, so they can partner, I have tound over the years, this is very true!! Just some Old Wisdom ! That I truly believe in! Our garden is planted! And I can’t wait for ou first bounty from it!
    Good planting & Great harvesting to you!!

  9. [email protected] May 14, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Everything you planted looks wonderful, Julie! Do you have issues with deer or bear getting into your containers? We have a hard time planting due to our “critters” that show up from time to time.

  10. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups May 14, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Your pots and bed look gorgeous! I have a bit of a black thumb, so I typically stick with succulents. I did have some good luck with zucchini’s one year though.

  11. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real May 14, 2018 at 7:31 am - Reply

    I’m jealous of your garden!! When I was looking for my basil plant, I had to stop myself from buying a ton of other herbs, veggies and fruit plants. There’s nothing better than fresh basil in my opinion.

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