Saturday, July 19, 2008

My little Garden


I have always wanted a garden. Last year, Jeff and I built 2 planter boxes...4x8ft. Nothing to big. Since we are always on a budget, we could only get one going this year. Dirt and Manure are expensive, if you get the good stuff. Step by step, our little house is becoming more livable, inside and out. The back yard is still a complete disaster, and so are the bedrooms and entryway, but off to the side of our front yard, that looks better and better every summer, is my little garden! I love fresh basil, ever since I started watching Rachel Ray on the food network. You can never find good basil in the store. Now I grab a handful whenever I need it!

Our little tomatoes are doing well! We just have tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, oregano, parsley, and carrots. It is a small garden, but I am so excited! Next year, when the other garden gets going, I am going to plant spinach and lettuce. Then I will have everything I need for a really great salad!

The white netting is for the tomatoes. Jeff's dad hooked us up with some great tips when he was in town. The tomatoes are suppose to climb up the netting and produce more tomatoes then they normally do in a cage. We also have a raspberry bush that we have been working on for a few years, and this year we are finally getting raspberries! We also planted strawberries last year, but they still are not producing berries yet. We still have lots of empty, dirt filled flower beds all over the front yard. We put curbing in last year and were going to fill them with flowers this summer...Maybe the flowers will go in next year. Little by little, I keep telling myself. It's only been 7 years after all :).

11 comments:

Rachel Bingham said...

Shelli, I put a picture of myself on here just for you...and all I can see is how terrible my arms look! I havn't lifted weights since March. Time to get back to the gym!

Greg & Andrea said...

Aunt Rachel you are way to hard on yourself,you look beautiful.

I have always wanted a garden....at least you have a yard to grow one in. One day Greg and I will get there. Just like you said little by little. Still those tomatoes will be so good when they get ripe. I love fresh tomatoes with salt and pepper. Yum!

Miranda Eccles said...

Yum, if I ever get hungry and need a snack when I'm out driving around...I'll know where to stop.

Ha ha...I'm so proud of you. I know you've been working on this project and I've noticed how beautiful it is when you drive by. Way to go Rachel!!

Kimberlinah! said...

Can I come over and go "shopping" in your garden? Have you tried tomato-basil sammies yet? Delish. Tomatoes, basil, a little mayo, some provolone or Parmesan on yummy bread - ohhh, so good.

Rachel Bingham said...

I can't eat bread!!!!!

Laura said...

Oh puh-leez Rachel- youre the cutest!

Anywho, I love your garden!! So jealous!!

And I love the crafts below- the other day I was driving thinking about what crafts I could do with Noah and you popped into my mind. You're always in the know for these cute things.

Kylie said...

That garden looks so great!!! You are going to have the most delicious salads. :)

Good luck! Maybe some day mine will look as good (it consists of a couple tomato plants, a basil plant and a red pepper plant. we'll see if they grow).

Amber said...

I have the best bruschetta recipie...the fresh basil would be soooo good on it. Let's make some soon.

Rachel Bingham said...

Laura: Thanks for being so sweet and supportive....we need to get Noah and Derek together for a craft play date!

Kylie: Let me know how the red peppers come in...I love peppers!

Amber: Definately! Lets make some Brushetta!

Shelli said...

Rachel, my computer has been down so I've missed all these cute posts. I love the pictures, and the ones of you with Jeff are really pretty. And only you would think your arms look bad. We are always too hard on ourselves. I read recently that when our husbands see us naked (if they are that lucky :) they only focus on the parts that are appealing to them, they don't notice the parts we don't like. I like to think that is true!! They are not as picky and critical as we are. The thing I notice about you are your pretty eyes and sweet smile. Your garden looks great. Just the right size for your family.

Rachel Bingham said...

Shelli, I love my sisters!