Vegetable Garden Lessons

🙂     🙂     Holy cow!  The garden is going absolutely nuts!     🙂     🙂

Baby corn cob

You can see here on this corn stalk a little baby corn cob starting to form! I’m not sure how long before we will actually be able to harvest, but my mouth is watering already!

The corn must be over 8 feet high and is already starting to get little cornlets!  Unfortunately, I guess I wasn’t thinking when I planted them all in neat little rows at the same time!  I should have staggered the planting so that we could have an extended season of fresh corn on the cob. I think at this point I will have to freeze a lot of corn! Lesson Number One:  Don’t plant all the corn for the year in one day!

Yellow summer squash

The zucchini and yellow summer squash all seem to be doing well, despite their potential problem with mosaic virus. So far we have harvested at least 20 pounds of squash and the squash just keeps on coming!



The squash, despite possibly having the squash mosaic virus, has been giving hubby and I an overabundance (hello neighbors) of zucchini and yellow summer squash.  Wait – it isn’t even summer yet!  Holy Cannoli!  Lesson Number Two:  Plant the squash further apart and plant only two of each kind!

Caden’s Sunflowers are getting ready to bloom!  I can’t believe how tall all of the sunflowers have become!  Isn’t it a miracle how it seems we can get something out of nothing.  I mean, it’s just dirt, water and sunshine and look what happens!  The only problem is that the squash plants are so big that I can’t get to the sunflowers (please refer to lesson number 2).  However, it doesn’t look like they need me right now.

Pepper Plants

The Anaheim Chile Peppers are a bit behind because I couldn’t get any to grow from seed! They seem to be coming along nicely now and each plant has a few blossoms on it.


The peppers are coming along slowly but surely.  Each plant has at least a couple of blooms but I don’t see any peppers forming yet.  I’m sure that will come in time, but it’s hard to wait for my BBQ pepper poppers (see the bottom of this post for the recipe) Lesson Number Three:  learn how to germinate pepper seedlings and get an earlier start!


Zinnia buds and blooms

I think these Zinnia are going to be really pretty! At first I planted them to use as cut flowers, but I don’t think I have the heart to cut them now!

Also, the zinnia are starting to flower.  You can just see a little bit of color peeking out of the center of the bud.  I intended to use these as cut flowers for inside, but I planted them just at the edge of the garden where they will be pretty.  I think I should have planted a whole bunch more flowers to make the whole garden prettier.  From what I have read, they also attract the bad pests away from the vegetable plants (think aphids) and yet bring in the good ones (honey bees).  I also read that Marigolds impart a kind of bug resistance to some vegetables.  Lesson Number Four:  plant more flowers in and around the vegetable garden next year.

Black Beans

The black turtle beans with their beautiful pinkish-purple flowers are already loaded with beans! I can’t wait to try out these beans when they are dried!


The green pole beans and the black turtle beans are also going crazy!  I can’t believe I already have some little black turtle beans on the vine.  The beautiful purplish hued flowers of the black turtle beans are plentiful, which tells me that I should have quite a lot of beans to harvest. Lesson Number Five:  beans are very easy to grow! Grow more next year.


Fingerling Potatoes

These were grown from one purple fingerling potato that I cut in half as an experiment. I guess the experiment worked!

The purple fingerling potatoes are growing like gangbusters!  If you remember back, I planted two halves of a small purple fingerling into a 20 gallon (I think that’s how big it is) bag as an experiment.  I don’t know how many potatoes I will get just yet – if any – but at least the plant is doing well.  I have soil almost to the top and the plant has pushed the sides down and has almost engulfed the entire bag!   Lesson Number Six:  get bigger potato growing bags!

Water Lillies

The water plants in our little pond (there is a huge goldfish in there somewhere) seem very happy! Unfortunately, I think they may be crowding out the lilies.


Even the water plants in the pond are blooming!  Does anyone know what kind of water plant this is? I don’t, but they seem to grow more beautiful every year even though the pond is severely neglected.  Lesson Number Seven:  beautiful things happen despite our shortcomings in the garden!


We are truly blessed!



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16 thoughts on “Vegetable Garden Lessons

    • And I like your blog also! I read your post about compost. I also love the book “The Secret Garden” and your references to it are great! Your post has a lot of great content and information about compost. Thanks for stopping by to see me and come visit again!

  1. So great to find your Blog via the “Linky Train” via Gods Growing Garden! I LOVE your garden, wow! It looks like you really have quite a harvest going on 🙂 Way to go! We have a small garden in the backyard..and it produces quite a lot! Its amazing how easy it is to grow your own food…

    I am now following your blog and have joined your FB page. Happy Linky Sunday!

    • In such a small plot of land we are actually harvesting quite a bit! Thanks for following me and joining my FB page. I will take a look at your blog also! Cheers!

    • I think you are right about the pickerel rush – that name rings a bell! That purple fingerling potato is amazing, I just hope it produces a lot of potatoes for the size of the plant! Since it’s my first year growing potatoes, I’m not sure exactly what to expect. So far, so good! Thanks for the kind words and coming over to visit my blog.

  2. I love reading all about your experiences with different techniques. I found you by looking up how to make stevia leaves into a replacement sugar. That’s healthy. You are one real cool lady! When I was looking for sugar substitutes, I found stevia in the little packets. I read that’s a leaf! And I just found the plants. They’re growing fast. Thank you for all your wisdom! Marilyn

    • Well, I’m not sure about the wisdom part – I’m learning a lot of stuff by experimenting and doing a lot of research I blog about my experiments – whether the results are good or bad, and also some of my research. Hopefully it will all serve me well when my husband and I move up to our future homestead! We want to be as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible – so I have a lot to learn! The stevia is really a wonderful plant. Good luck with growing yours!