Mostly pictures here, but we did want to mention a few things.

First, purchasing a concrete mixer from Home Depot for $6.00 was a good investment for us. It has worked great for growing spinach and lettuce right on our deck. It’s a cheap raised bed which is easily movable so we get the exact amount of sun for whatever plants we are growing. We simply drilled 5 large holes in the bottom, filled with soil, and planted those plants which do not do well in our garden soil.

Okra grown for our sister’s boyfriend, who, unbeknownst to us, planned a trip to Colorado for almost the entire summer…. Japanese beetles are having a feast with the leaves.

Blue morning glories almost covering the bird’s house, but not a bloom in sight yet!Sunflowers have started their wilt which means soon the chickens will be happily eating their seeds πŸ™‚ Pulled a carrot to see if they were ready. It was 7″ long, so we can pull as needed for eating. They taste very “carroty”.

Sweet potatoes are blooming. We weren’t expecting that. We’ve never grown sweet potatoes before.

Eggplants grown for our mom’s friend. Her friend told her she harvested it a little too soon. Next time, we will call the friend for consulting before cutting.

We actually have a lot of cantaloupe and watermelon this year. First time ever. These plants hate our clay soil and the fruit always rots and dies. This year, we planted them in raised beds and we are hoping we will really get to eat these! If we do, the entire back of our backyard will be filled with raised beds and hopefully lots of melons.

Last, but not least, is the poinsettia pepper plant. The peppers are still green, but you can see that when they turn red, the plant will indeed resemble a poinsettia plant. Can you see the preying mantis? I didn’t even notice it when taking the picture πŸ™‚

  1. Cynthia says:

    Wow!!! What a harvest. Everything looks terrific. You guys are pros down there

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