The fruits of our labor!

While I was having an afternoon snack of a few handfuls of trail mix, I was thinking about my little container garden and wanted to share it with the rest of you!

Well, this is it: my little garden.

I grew up with gardens and learned how to be a gardener. I can remember my grandparents having a huge garden full of carrots, tomatoes, corn, squash, green beans and more! Not only did I have access to a garden at home, at school we also had a garden. I was taught at a very young age that gardening not only helps the environment, it helps our wallets and our waist lines. I had so much fun going out into the rows, weeding those unwanted weeds, measuring the growth of the zucchinis and water melons and counting down the days till harvest. Harvest days were my favorite! Baskets full of vine ripened tomatoes, orange carrots, plump bell peepers and huge piles of greens. This is a sure fire way to get your picky children to eat their vegetables – have them pick them their selves!

My little container garden is not great by any means but it does get the job done! I have a bell pepper plant, a tomato plant (which is on it’s last leg), a basil plant, a lavender plant and a rosemary plant. The bell pepper plant started very late but I bet in a few weeks I will have fresh peppers to eat. Even though my tomato plant is not the prettiest it has grown some of the sweetest tomatoes! I picked out a small Roma version instead of the giant hothouse tomatoes. It cant keep up with me and my salads so I still have to buy some at the store. I use my lavender plant for sachets and hopefully I will make soap one of these days. I cut the flowers off the top and dry them for later use. I might even try to find a recipe for lavender tea! I love my basil and rosemary plants equally BUT my basil will always come before my rosemary. As you can tell by my recipes, I use basil in EVERYTHING! I really hope it can make it through the winter!

But look what I have in my back yard! Blackberries!

Now that we are settled in our home I am going to officially have an in ground garden area next year. I can’t wait! I am thinking of using this area as my garden as it get’s morning sun and afternoon shade.

I know I will have way more plants then space but hopefully I can have the basics: carrots, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, greens of some kind, and hopefully some squash. Squash is always tricky as it needs so much space to grow!

Oh, and here is our Lilly monster! 🙂

I also would like to start my own compost barrel so I can have healthful soil when I start to plan. Soil is the start and the most important aspect to gardening. Whether it be manure, fertilizers or compost, a rich nutrient soil makes anything grow! And speaking of anything, I will not use any weed killer on those pesky weeds that try to rob my plants of space and nutrients. And this goes for my plants as well – 100% organic. When you have such a small space it really is very easy to maintain. A lot of love, water and watch everything grow right before your eyes!

So before I get ahead of myself too much, let’s talk about today. Marc and I went to a new sushi place and had our share of salmon, unagi, tuna, and of course miso soup. I was very full after lunch and wasn’t even that hungry for dinner.

We made homemade flat bread pizzas! Pesto as the sauce, a little parm, cut up chicken pieces and fresh roasted bell peppers. It was soooo yummy! I only ate half of my pizza, though. Although, I will probably be eating a small snack later in the evening as it isn’t even 6 yet.

Hope everyone had a great day!

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