How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockleshells

And pretty maids all in a row.

All the things I don’t have in my garden, it would seem.

Mother’s Day gave me the opportunity to tackle my overrun garden beds, and I successfully got 3 out of the 4 cleared out and ready for planting, which is always really thrilling. Especially when it looks so hopeless to start with. Here’s what they typically look like beforehand:

Garden bed #1
Like my bad splicing? I really wasn’t planning on publishing this… and those are milk jugs in the ground…I used them for watering deep, but I suspect I’ll need to pull them out this year. Legumes will be in this garden.

Overrun with grass and dandelions, mostly. The Perennials always come through, though, I have two garlic chive patches (on the left) with a couple day lilies, two different peonies, a set of regular chives, and lilies. There are tulips interspersed in the back of nearly all the pictures, but they’re not blooming anymore. The perennials are thankfully quite hardy. The rest of the garden looks like crap.

The other three garden beds are looking lovely. It’s so much work to clean them out, but I sure enjoy the feeling of joy when they’re ready for planting. Unless I find an ant hill in one. Which I did. That lessened the joy. But still, I like having everything fresh and new and ready for a new year of growing.

Garden Bed #2
Garden Bed #2 Strawberries in the background, so glad they come back every year. Add in a bell pepper plant and a cherry pepper plant (bottom right). Tomatoes will be here this year too.

We build these next two garden beds last year. And by we, I mean primarily Andy (thanks hon!). I love them.

Garden Bed #3
Garden Bed #3: Marigolds, hollyhocks, sage, petunias and an ant hill (in the section on the right). Eventually my leafy veggies will be here. I hope.
Garden Bed #4
Garden Bed #4: Garlic (!!!!!!!!!), dahlias, marigolds and a rose bush (!!!) my first ever. I hope I don’t kill it. Root veggies will be in this bed.

So thrilled to see what happens this year with the garden. I love getting in the dirt! Are you growing a garden this year?

Loving God through my family, friends, and interactions in my world.

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