Expanding the garden

I can’t remember if I mentioned our garden expansion project. Our original garden is plenty big– about 120 by 50 feet. But when we leveled ground for the pool at the start of the summer, we ended up with a heap of excavated soil between the pool and the road. AND we had some extra seeds. So it only seemed logical to give that 10 by 30 foot patch of dug-up earth a purpose beyond weed-sproutage.

We planted four rows of corn, a row of beans, a row of sunflowers, plus partial rows of beets, kohlrabi, carrots, summer squash, and (what could I have been thinking???) more zucchini. As you can see from the pictures below, our little addition is flourishing. We only got one kohlrabi plant– I don’t know why. We aren’t sure if the corn will actually produce before frost or just provide silage for our cow -we’ll see. But we have a very healthy volunteer swiss chard plant– dunno where he came from. The sunflowers are now a nice privacy screen between the pool and the road. The beets, squash, beans, and carrots are looking very hopeful.

And the zucchini. heavens. The zucchini is utterly insane. My original row got so full looking that I thinned the plants, planting the thinnings where the kohlrabi had refused to show up. The transplants spent 3 days looking like spiders that had been stepped on. Then they came alive and started blooming. Today I picked 11 zucchini from the garden annex and 10 from the main garden. I know. Insane. Just insane.

The heap of veggies that you see below on the counter was all picked this morning. Be sure to click on the picture, because the thumbnail does NOT show the full harvest. Besides the zucchini, there are several dozen ears of corn, 20 cucumbers (now mostly made into dill pickles), a cabbage, a few early grapes, some tomatoes, peppers, and a few dozen apples that are still green but were threatening to break the branches off our apple tree.

After our huge harvest, I declared us to be vegetarians for lunch. We had cukes, tomatoes, apples, corn on the cob, grapes, and fried zucchini. What a feast. The corn was everyone’s favorite!


  1. Amazing! You inspire me. We’d like to convert our front yard into a garden for a summer harvest. Wish us luck! We are extremely amateur gardeners.

  2. Sized crabapples await hungry songbirds, while a beach plum tree stands barren, picked of its fruit by a hungry flock. Garden

  3. What a beautiful garden. And what as wonderful harvest. We got our first corn in over the weekend and it was soooo good.

  4. What fun. I love lunches (and dinners) like that! I don’t have as much variety as you this year, but am still enjoying chard, tomatoes, and cucumbers right now. Oh and a jalapeno plant! That was my “new thing” to try this year. That and lemon cucumbers just for fun because they’re pretty.

  5. Wow, looks wonderful! We have peppers galore right now, we’ve had them every way possible: raw, stuffed, fried, pickled, etc. I’m a little sick of them but still thankful for the bountiful harvest! 🙂

  6. Look at all the home grown goodness! Our hasn’t done to well. The green beans have got some disease and even our zucchini is producing as much. 🙁

  7. Wow, I’m really hungry now.

  8. Oh, I’m jealous. I only have 2 tomato plants and a zucchini this year. Although that amount of veg would probably feed my husband and I for a week..

  9. Beautiful garden!


  10. and for lunch I had a diet coke with stale tortilla chips. Wish you were my neighbor. I’d trade babysitting for tomatoes any day!

  11. That is incredible! That is my kind of lunch.

  12. You are such an inspiration. Amazing, truly amazing. (I haven’t had fried zucchini in years, but as a kid, is was one of my very favorite summer foods!)

  13. these photos look like they should be in a magazine. yum!!

  14. Ha ha… I’m hungry too! And inspired. We SO need to have a garden next year…

  15. beautiful, healthy, talented! loved it!

  16. Saw this and thought of you. -Katina


    Author Unknown
    My farm, to me is not just land,
    Where bare, unpainted buildings stand.
    To me, my farm is nothing less,
    Than all created loveliness.

    My farm is not where I must soil,
    My hands in endless, dreary toil.
    But where, through seed and swelling pod,
    I’ve learned to walk and talk with God.

    My farm, to me, is not a place
    Outmoded by a modern race.
    For here, I think I just see less
    Of evil, greed and selfishness.

    My farm’s not lonely…for, all day
    I hear my children shout at play.
    And here, when age comes, free from fears,
    I’ll live again, long joyous years.

    My farm’s a haven…here dwells rest,
    Security and happiness…
    Whate’er befalls the world outside
    Here faith, and hope, and love abide.

    And so my farm is not just land
    Where bare, unpainted buildings stand.
    To me, my farm is nothing less
    Than all God’s hoarded loveliness.

  17. Gosh! I’d love to see a picture of your pantry after you finish all of your canning. Congratulations on such a bountiful harvest!!

  18. What super pictures. So vivid and expressing summer so well.
    That sure is a cute little girl in there! 🙂

  19. Oh my goodness! You go, girl!

  20. I’m in awe of your harvest! Way to go!

  21. Thanks for the comment on my blog! 10 kids and 3 countries, that is awesome. I will definitely be back.

    Your garden looks so yummy, or the fruits of your garden! Maybe you could have a road side stand!

  22. A rain storm brought down every single stalk of corn in my garden over the last three days! Im so disappointed.

    Love your harvest pics!

  23. Mary-
    What an awesome blessing you have!!! I have been a “lurker” for quite some time now, and have a few things to share with you… My husband and I have been led by the Lord(it has to be Him! because I wasn’t open to it until recently:) to adopt internationally. That said, I have been wondering about the home study, is it as terrible as I imagine an intruder(possibly not a follower of Jesus Christ) to come into your sanctuary and come over your lives? I am SOOOOO leary of this portion not because I am scared of anything, just that I am a private person in that regard… Maybe an area that needs some work?! 😉 Anyhow, I just wanted to pick your brain from your experience. Also, I have a WONDERFUL recipe for zucchini:
    wash zucchini then take a potato peeler and peel all the meat off the seeds.
    2 cups shedded zucchini
    1/4 c whipping cream
    4 oz. cream chees cut in squares(or clumps 😉
    2 T. butter
    salt and pepper to taste
    In a large skillet, saute shedded zucchini in butter for one minute next add all remaining ingredients, stir and cover for about 2-3 minutes only lifting lid to stir occasionally. AND WAHLAH!! YUH-MMY! It is so good you might have to quit growing zucchini ;)) God bless you!
    Sincerely in Jesus Christ,
    Sarah T
    please email me at iliveforjesus7 at yahoo dot com!

  24. by the way I meant comb over your lives!!! 😉
    Sarah T

  25. wow! you are an inspiration to me. we have 5 children and just now this summer bought a house in my hometown. we moved in too late to start a garden, but I am already dreaming of what I will plant next year and where I will plant it.
    I have to ask- grapes??? ok, you are busy so I won’t ask you- but I am going to google it now- I had no idea you could grow grapes in a home garden. wonderful!