Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Snapshots of My Family's Summer Garden

Back in May, we planted a Family Garden. Each member of our family chose a few types of warm-season plants for our garden, and then we got everything laid out and planted. We all work on the garden together most Saturday mornings. Our children have been so excited to watch their plants grow and produce food; they are so proud of what their hard work has reaped and will offer a garden tour to anyone who visits our home. We've had some issues with pests and varmints, but overall our Family Garden is thriving!
Our garden, with the coops and other chicken yards in the background

This year we planted:
  • Ian (5 years old): Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Sunflowers, Painted Hill Corn
  • Alina (8 years old): Sugar Baby Watermelons, Sugar Baby Corn, Zinnias, Fairy Garden Flower Mix
  • Sarah (the mother): 3 types of cherry tomatoes, Max's Yellow Zucchini, Butternut Squash, Okra, Amaranth (all consumed by varmints), 3 types of cucumbers (all consumed by varmints), Pencil Pod Bush Beans
  • Ryan (the father): Birdhouse Gourds, Zinnias, Sunflowers

Ian and his corn plants
Ian and his pumpkins, which are taking over everything

The Weed Brigade, cleaning up the area outside the garden fence

Alina and her watermelons
Some of my cherry tomatoes

Alina's flowers and corn

My husband's Birdhouse Gourds
One of Ian's pumpkins
Alina and her corn

  Did you plant a summer garden this year? What is your favorite plant to grow?


Kariane said...

Fantastic! We're still working on reclaiming our garden space (after a flood 1.5 years ago), but this year we grew strawberries and mint. I love edible perennials. :-)

Sarah Smith said...

I agree, Kariane; edible perennials are awesome!!