Monday, August 15, 2016

Gardening is Hard Work. But...

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Gardening is hard work, and while I would love a break, I am so happy with our efforts.  Here we are in mid-August and still out there picking veggies daily. That makes me so happy. 

Something fun this year in the garden is that I even heard the hummingbirds buzzing through.
They must be loving all the blossoms.

This whole side of the garden is one big mess of squash family. Zucchini, spaghetti squash, a couple varieties of winter squash, and two different kinds of pumpkin. Oh, and one little watermelon plant lost in the middle. So many vines. Here a vine, there a vine.. 


Excuse my size comparison of adding my flip flop to this photo, but I was sooooo excited when I saw how big this pumpkin was I just had to add something to the photo. I don't have tiny feet either! So excited. There might be more, but in the mass of vines, this is the only monster one I could find.

Here is our one lil' watermelon. Still happily growing.


Cilantro, still growing. So happy. 

 One of my biggest joys of the garden this year. Sweet Heat Peppers. They are thriving! Each little compact plant has a minimum of 15 peppers on it. They are just loaded! And, bonus is they are a delicious pepper. More sweet than anything which of course keeps husband happy.

 And, here is our Carolina Reaper. Grown from a seed. From a pepper my cousin sent us. We never really expected the plants would grow (only one of three did). We really never expected we would get a pepper. Now, to see if it will grow to maturity. If it does, what will we do? Probably just admire it! 

Have you ever met a reaper?

17 comments:

  1. The garden is looking great and just look at that pumpkin! It's a lot of hard work, that is for sure!

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  2. Hard but rewarding...that watermelon looks really cool!

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  3. Love love love!!!!! You have done an amazing job! It's so satisfying!!!!

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  4. I love the pumpkin. Are you going to carve it or eat it? I wish we had a watermelon. We drove all over town on Saturday looking for a local melon. Everything was shipped from CA.

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  5. Wow, that pumpkin! I am so excited to see your farm.
    Carla

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  6. Love the flip flop, my friend {{smiles}} Your garden looks amazing! The hard work is definitely worth it :) Hugs to you!

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  7. Your garden looks amazing, love all your squash, everything looks so healthy.

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  8. This is the real deal, it looks amazing!!! By the way, I made your zucchini muffins yesterday! They are a HUGE hit! So glad I made them!

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  9. Love your garden! Here in Oklahoma what didn't burn up, the squash bugs destroyed.

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  10. Lovely photos of your garden. I don’t have one. But months ago I put an avocado pit in the ground and now it’s a beautiful plant. I am looking forward to see this process

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  11. i'm so envious of your garden! i hope we have more than an 8x4-foot raised bed at some point. :) glad you're reaping some rewards for your hard work!

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  12. Wow, add me to the list of being jealous of that amazing garden!

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  13. Wow, add me to the list of being jealous of that amazing garden!

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  14. Your squash looks amazing! I haven't figured out the trick to squash yet. One of these days. I'm thinking squash just doesn't like raised beds? Maybe. That little reaper pepper is pretty cute! Are they a hot pepper? I've never heard of them. The garden looks great Kris! 😀

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  15. Kris...I want your garden!!!!! I can't imagine just going out my back door every time I needed a veggie. That's so cool. You better enter that pumpkin into a contest! Why don't you have a weight guessing contest right here on your blog?! And that reaper....be careful! I hear that's one of the hottest peppers out there!

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  16. Now that's a garden!! I'm surprised you still have cilantro - mine bolted in one of our early heat waves!!

    Mollie

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