Friday, July 1, 2016

Is this Heaven?

No, it's Iowa! But good guess. ;) 

It didn't take long after moving in to our new place for my energetic, hard-working hubs to build a raised garden bed for all the produce he had in mind for this fall. We're big fans of produce and, while I can't keep a houseplant alive, he has two green thumbs. He decided to plant quite a variety with hopes that some of it would flourish, but just about everything flourished, so we now have a little bit of everything popping up! 

These photos are a tiny bit dated, as they are almost ready for picking now, but I wanted to give a good reference to the "baby" phases of the plants so I can post the finished product in a while. 


Rhubarb (only good for pie!) 



Sunflowers (just for fun)

Local geese were curious about what I was doing! 

Some peppers gettin' jalepeno business!

Yellow squash

And raspberries! 

I've been told not to eat raspberries for the first few years, but I took a risk and tried one a few days ago and it was delicious! So, it very well could be poisoning me or something, but it was worth it. :) 

We're pretty jazzed to try out everything! We also have red and green bell peppers, pumpkin, watermelon, green beans and tomatoes (gross). Any suggestions for some fantastic garden additions? I'm thinking the next level should be a cherry tree! 

I have to add that I'm completely amazed by the hub's talent once again. The raised garden beds have been wonderful for our "crops". They really help with weeds and you don't have to bend over so far to check their progress. Plus, he rigged a soaker hose to wind throughout the beds and put that on a timer so each plant gets the right amount of water each morning. HUGE time saver! 

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend- I can hardly wait for Yankee Doodle Pops tonight! It's a must-do in Des Moines for Independence Day! We all gather on the lawns surrounding the capitol building and listen to the Des Moines Symphony while eating amazing fair-type foods before the fireworks finale. It doesn't get much better than that. :) 

1 comment:

  1. maybe next year he can build a few more gardens boxes and "sell" produce to his family??????? The pics are beautiful !!!!!!!