When I headed to Texas, we had just planted our garden. My wonderful
husband was swamped with work so I was a little concerned whether anything
would survive my departure.
When I got home, I was so surprised at how much it had
grown. He did an amazing job keeping everything growing. These red buckets are
the bomb when it comes to container gardening.
We have been eating tomatoes from my garden for months now
but to see everything else growing so fast was unbelievable. Lettuce and bell
peppers has been picked several times already.
Squash, zucchini and eggplant are so beautiful to watch
Can you believe these cut little cucumbers?
One of my favorites are these watermelons. I have such fond
memories of my Grandma Penny and watermelon growing up. I still to this day blend
mine in the blender to drink just like she did. I can’t wait to taste these!
Pineapple is nothing new at our house to grow but this year
we have four producing at once. We have some plants in the ground and some in
pots. So, no excuse not to grow these tasty treats. The trick is apple core
placed in the center.
The lemon trees we planted last year gave us a few fruits,
literally three. But this year they are making up for it. Again folks, in pots.
Our soil is not conducive for growing anything well, so we have planted our garden
in pots. I can’t wait to eat all this amazing food!
I missed the spring planting season. I have everything ready to have an above ground garden but was too busy to get anything planted. (I went to Antique Week in Texas instead of planting). Marie taught me about the cattle feeding buckets and how well they work for growing plants. So, we picked some up a couple years ago from a project my husband has designed. With my little pineapple growing in the yard it has given me a little hope that maybe I can get fall planting going this year.
Above Ground Gardening
My deck was missing some color too. When I picked furniture for the deck I went with a bring red (one of my favorite colors). And we got the outdoor kitchen all set up and our hot tub up and running a while ago. It still needed that touch of softness and color that comes from plants. I picked up some hanging plants from Home Depot as well as couple house plants. I already had five pineapple plants growing in tiny pots and picked up two lemon trees while we were in Texas. My aloe had bloomed several times and out grew its tiny pot so that had to be divided and replanted. I picked up a few herbs like basil, oregano, thyme, mint, rosemary, lavender and sage. My succulents are doing amazing in this Florida humidity and rain so no need to change them. I added a couple blueberry plants to my front yard too. After losing trees with the hurricane my yard is more open and needs a few more plants.
Deck In Progress
Back Yard in progress
My Wicker Chairs
I went to At Home to pick up some new planters for my trees. I also need a few umbrellas for my patio area. Luckily our deck helps with the hot Florida sun, but you do need the cover of shade in the middle of the day. I had already purchased a couple chaise and chairs and cushions early this year from At Home to go with my deck furniture. Our deck was finished last year, and I am still slowly working on it. We got an amazing outdoor kitchen from Lowes. Now I need color, or more color and décor to be exact. It is hard to find things that go with our taste. At Home has great products but not exactly what I am looking for. We have a love for the Spanish décor. My house is full of Mexican furniture and our entry area with the rocks and my metal cactus go well with it.
Relaxing in Red
I broke down and picked up a couple tomato and okra plants for the red tubs to begin our garden area. Better late than never and in Florida it is still good for an early fall harvest. I have four of the eight tubs planted and ready to go. Eventually where my veggie garden is located will have fencing around it to protect from the deer. Hopefully they leave my lemon trees and berries alone, but we will see. I am going to keep my other pineapple plants in pots this time. Add a few more plants for the deck and patio. I take my time and little by little I will get it feeling more welcoming out there. I want it to be an oasis for my husband and me. We enjoy our hot tub and grilling out together.