Summer Garden 2023

September 18, 2023


Hello friends.  I wanted to share with you my summer garden.  My container gardening did well this summer.  I was so happy to get some lettuce, tomatoes, and veggies.

My flowers did well this summer with hardly any water!

I was so happy when I saw a butterfly in my impatiens plants.  I planted pink and coral flowers.

I planted a watermelon plant.  We had two watermelons growing.  The squirrels got at one of them and ate it up.  This is the other one I have grown.  I'm not sure if it will grow any larger.  I will cut it soon and hopefully, we will be able to eat a good watermelon.

I was able to add these peppers to a sausage and peppers dish that I made.  The recipe for sheet pan sausage and peppers can be found here.  It's always nice to use fresh produce from the garden.

My kale grew so well all summer long.  My husband added kale to our protein shakes every morning.  

I bought these herbs from Costco.  These small pots contain basil, oregano, rosemary, and mint.  

This is how large my herbs grew this summer.  I made pesto from the basil leaves about three or four times this summer.  I don't use any nuts in my pesto.  You can try this simple recipe to make pesto.  The mint did not do well for some reason.  I used the oregano and rosemary in some recipes. 

I grew two romaine lettuce plants that did well.  I enjoyed clipping the leaves to make salads.

I was so happy to see how large my eggplants grew.

I used the eggplants in a stir fry that I made with peppers, olive oil, garlic, and hot pepper flakes.

My vibrant pink impatiens plants.

My plant stand still looks good all these years later.  You can see my plant stand makeover here.

I love how the bright pink flowers stand out against the wall.

I also planted pink geraniums with the impatiens plants.  The butterfly stake is from the Dollar Tree store.

We had a lot of rain and thunderstorms this summer.  I did not have to water the plants as much this summer because of all the rain.  I think that helped my flowers and veggies grow well this summer.

I will miss using the veggies for our meals.  I will also miss my pretty flowers.  

I look forward to gardening again next spring and summer.

How did your flowers and plants make out this summer?   

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  1. Isn’t it so rewarding my friend! Those little watermelons and peppers are so precious! You know how much I love all my flower gardening! We need to put a vegetable garden in the back. We do have rhubarb and herbs but I would love to have lots of other things to enjoy the bounty!

  2. Your garden was so plentiful and beautiful this year! I love the watermelons and peppers. Your herbs were huge! My garden did ok this year, not great. The critters get to everything but they leave the tomatoes and peppers alone. I planted more flower seeds in with the veggies and got some pretty zinnias and dahlias (I think). I even caught a groundhog eating the flower foliage! My pots of flowers did much better and are still looking good. They do brighten everything up!

  3. Good Morning Julie. Your plants and flowers look beautiful. How wonderful for the delicious veggies and salad you got out of your garden. Have a great start to the new week. Hugs. Kris

  4. Your garden did really well! I am amazed that most of my potted plants are still doing well but I guess I shouldn't be since we have had lots of rain and no frost yet this September.

  5. It looks like you have had a very successful gardening season Julie, I've enjoyed, tomatoes, salad and strawberries out of mine this Summer, it's so sad that it's come to an end but already looking forward to Spring. 😊

  6. What a bounty you have. Winter is tough but before we know it it'll be spring again.

  7. it looks like you had a great gardening year Julie-congrats:@)

  8. How special Julie. Your gardens are so bountiful. Lots of goodies for cooking and eating, enjoy

  9. Ok Julie- you certainly have a green thumb! Such a beautiful garden- thank you for sharing :)

  10. Wow, your container garden did amazing! We had terrible hail here and I lost most everything, but there is always next year (smiles) Hugs, Roxy

  11. Wow, Julie! You have quite a green thumb. I'm so impressed that you grow your own food and eat it. Everything is so colorful and the watermelon is amazing!! I hope you'll share if you do get to eat it. It looks lovely!

  12. Your garden is wonderful! I have no gardening skill at all so I have the utmost admiration for anyone who is able to grow such bounty.

  13. Great job on your garden, Julie! It was a rough year here with our high temperatures.

  14. Wow...your garden really flourished! How nice to enjoy the fruits - and vegetables - of your labor. We have been enjoying our neighbor's tomatoes. Nothing like home grown veggies!

  15. It looks awesome Julie! I am dreaming of a small cottage in the countryside with a huge garden where I can plant my jungle when I retire. God's willing...


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