Adventures in Gardening Part 14 ~ Planting Pleasures

After purchasing all of my goodies at the garden centers in Part 13, and then buying even more again on Mother’s Day, it’s needless to say that I ended up with quite a bit of planting to do…

And I loved every minute of it!  Up until now it has been only seed planting for me, and don’t get me wrong, it has been very exciting to watch all of those little green lifes poking up through the dirt, but planting actual plants definitely has pleasures of its own.

And because it was Mother’s Day, I also had the pleasure of having company while planting ~ my mom, my sis, and my daughter all took part in making it fun and memorable. ♥

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In all my years of gardening I’ve never happened to grow celery before, but I thought I’d give it a try and see what happens.  I love celery and I’m always up for trying something new!  🙂~

I love jalapeno peppers ~ gotta keep life spicy!  😉  Over the years I’ve developed a delicious recipe for jalapeno poppers that I came up with by combining bits and pieces from 4 or 5 different recipes.  With limited space in my tiny garden I only planted one, so I don’t know if I’ll end up with enough to make many poppers with.  Hopefully I’ll have enough to make at least a small batch.  They are sort of a pain in the butt to make anyway, so maybe it’ll better this way.  😉  I’ll just have to wait and see.~

I also planted a yellow bell pepper called “Golden California Wonder.”  I hope it grows happily here in Minnesota. 🙂  In the past I have always had red, green, orange, and yellow bell peppers in the garden (for making salsa), but again… with limited space, I had to pick and choose.  So I chose yellow because they are my favorite out the bunch.~

I didn’t know this, but apparently my mom absolutely hates the smell of Rosemary.  Oops sorry mom, you’ll be smelling it all summer in your yard.  It’s a wonderful garden companion to vegetables, not to mention its many culinary and medicinal uses.  I placed it near my carrots and beans because it is a great carrot fly and bean beetle deterrent.  And by the way, I happen to love the smell of it!~

Oregano is another great vegetable garden companion and provides excellent general pest protection, including being a delicious seasoning!~

I hadn’t planned on planting basil, but when we were in the herb section of the garden center and caught a whiff, it just smelled too good to resist.  You can see my one lone broccoli in the background.  It’s such a spindly looking thing, I sure hope it grows.~

The Apple-Mint I got is so pretty and yummy smelling!  I can’t wait to start snipping some of it off and using it to make tea!~

That first pretty strawberry blossom that hooked me into buying my strawberry plant is fading, but now comes the yummy part… the fruit!  You can see the strawberry just starting to develop.  Nature is so amazing! This is an everbearing variety so hopefully we’ll be enjoying fresh strawberries all summer.   Aside from this new beautiful bloom, I see 3 other buds starting too!~

I planted 2 Roma Tomatoes in an old double bench planter that I handed down to my mom when I moved ~ not knowing I’d eventually be the one using it to plant in again.  They’ll have a lot of growing room as they get taller inside the fun blue colored tomato cages I got.  😀

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Like the tomatoes, I planted these Yellow Sweet Spanish Onions in a separate container.  I love them and there just wasn’t room to plant them in the garden.  I’ve never grown onions in a pot before so I hope they work out.  Poor things look so pathetic in this photo, all flopped over.  Hopefully they’ll perk up a bit after getting used to their new home. ~

While we were at one of the garden centers, my sis surprised me by buying me some Bee Balm!  I absolutely love it and have always grown it in my gardens.  It’s a butterfly, bee, and hummingbird magnet!  This big guy will be living in a pot though because there is no room for him in the garden or anywhere else in my mom’s yard.  I am not used to growing perennials in pots, so I hope I can get it to overwinter all right.~

My Spinach is continuing to come along nicely…~

My cucumbers are now sprouting up!~

And even though that evil diabolical squirrel came back and all but destroyed 3 out of 5 mounds of my beloved zucchini, I am happy to announce that the ones I managed to salvage are looking great!~

My lettuce are coming right along as well…~

Gardening isn’t just all about planting food ~ it’s about flowers too…

I know Marigolds are common and not all that exciting, but they are bright and cheerful and last well into fall.  They also deter many garden pests.~

I rescued these Impatiens from one of the garden centers.  They looked so sad, all root bound, and scraggly, but I knew all they needed was a little TLC, so I bought them and put them in a mini Terracotta planter ~ another rescue, from a thrift store.~

When I moved, I couldn’t bear to part with a pair of urns that I had, so I brought them over to my parent’s and set them in front of their garage.  It’s a perfect spot for them and with a few growing things in them make for a lovely entrance when pulling up into the driveway.  🙂~

As soon and my mom saw this Hydrangea bush at the garden center she fell completely in love with it, and it just so happens that she has a bare spot along the side of her house to plant it!  ~

As we were leaving to go out for breakfast on Mother’s Day morning we noticed a bunny visitor over on the side of my mom’s yard.  She says it’s been making itself comfortable there for quite a while now.  It’s cute, but I have to say that I’m really glad that I built my raised garden up so high now because rabbits can reek havoc on a garden.  My peas and onions are pretty near to the ground in their separate pots though, so I hope this cute little critter doesn’t decide to team up with the evil squirrel and become a problem…~

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10 responses to “Adventures in Gardening Part 14 ~ Planting Pleasures

  1. Great pictures Jewels. I can’t wait to see the fruits of your labors. We finally have two whole strawberries, the girls were so excited to see them this morning. 🙂 Happy gardening.

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    • Thanks! I can’t wait to eat the fruits of my labors! 😉 Oh, how exciting for girls! They are like two little sweet strawberries themselves! ♥

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  2. Everything looks wonderful! We are huge fans of poppers! We can’t go anywhere without people asking us to make them.
    I’d love to know how you make yours.

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    • Thank you! Oh, your poppers must be pretty scrumptious! I used to have that same thing happen with my salsa. I’d have to dig out my poppers recipe (scribblings) from deep dark depths ~ I haven’t had a garden for a few years, so I haven’t made them in quite a long while. If I do get enough peppers from my plant to make poppers I will have to dig it out, and then I will most definitely share the recipe. I’d like to hear how you make yours as well. 🙂

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      • I’ll do a post soon about the different ways we do them. We experiment with different things all the time. I’ll let you know when I get the post up.
        Ohhh, hope you share your salsa recipe some time too! We planted way too many tomato plants this year. I didn’t realize my husband had started a bunch, and a few weeks later, I started thirty! We’ve been giving some away but I think we will be overloaded!

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      • Yes, please do let me know when you post about your poppers. 🙂 Sorry, but no-can-do on sharing my salsa recipe ~ it’s TOP SECRET! I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. 😉 Only two people on the planet (other than my Ex and I) know it and both are sworn to utmost secrecy. If I ever get the entrepreneurial bug, there could come a day when I actually try and market it ~ it’s that good! Or so I’ve heard from many, many, people. We once canned up a batch and sold it to an acquaintance for over $100 because we had given her and her husband a jar as a housewarming gift and they loved it so much. It may sound a bit like extortion to charge that much, but if you have ever organically grown ALL of the ingredients, and then spent all that time preparing and canning it ~ you know how much time and work goes into it.

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      • I can understand that you wouldn’t want to share it then! My Mother-in-law took her gravy recipe to the grave. We even asked for it and she just laughed.

        I do know the time and work that goes into it! Good for you to have something that tasty! And if you can make money from it, all the better!

        Let me know if you market it. I used to hate salsa. Can’t believe it. But home-made, you can’t beat the flavor.

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      • That naughty mother-in-law ~ so cute that she just laughed when you asked for it! ♥ I don’t think I would take my salsa recipe to the grave, I’d want it to live on. 😉 You used to hate salsa?! Well, I guess I can partly understand because I actually do not like tomatoes. I love all of the things made with them (cooked), but raw in and by themselves… not so much. But even cooked, I don’t like it when there are big chunks of tomatoes in things ~ my salsa recipe has tiny chunks. 🙂

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      • thebeadden

        I love fresh tomato. I don’t like big chunks of anything! Everyone teases me how tiny I chop things, even in salads.
        Posted the popper recipes for you at my garden blog. 🙂

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      • Haha I’m the same way! Thanks, I will go check it out. 🙂

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