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Welcome to the Jungle-er, my garden!

So I came across this picture a few days ago:

This was taken way back in March.

I remember how concerned I was. Would I get anything to grow? What would I do with all that room in there?Well, I guess nature has its way of taking care of somethings for you:

I had never tried growing squash before-they definitely needed some more room, don't ya think?! Notice the cucumber plants struggling for sunshine down at the bottom.

Almost ready for pickin'!

We’ve also had great success with green beans this year!

Yum!

The onions, cabbage and cucumber, melons, and tomatoes show great promise but aren’t quite there yet. But what really has my interest is the pumpkin….

Run, run for your lives! (At least I'm pretty sure that's what I hear all the other garden plants screaming!)

I had never tried to grow pumpkins. My good friend, Rachel suggested I plant them on a small hill outside the garden and that the pumpkin would cover the entire thing. Well, I got a little nervous-we had some gopher interference a couple of months ago, so I put them in the garden. Next to the watermelon and the cantaloupe. Can’t see them? No? They are in there-somewhere- just a growin’ away!

I honestly thought pumpkins would take forever to grow. But there is one big guy who just couldn’t help but take off…..

I'm so excited! He must be a foot or two around.

Then I noticed several more smaller ones starting to grow. I was so suprised how soon they we’re popping up so I went back and looked at the seed packet. “Fruits can reach 6 ft in diameter. Excellent for prize pumpkins!” OMG! Note to self: READ THE SEED PACKET NEXT TIME!”  (LOL!)

But hold on! That’s not all. I was reading one of the many blogs I like to peruse  a few days ago and I saw where this lady had stood her children next to these gigantic “mammoth” sunflowers. She was saying how every year they just kept growing back taller and taller. The first year they we’re approximately 12 ft and now this year they we’re about 20 feet high. I went out to the garden. I stood there for a couple of seconds and gazed at the sunflowers studiously shading my cantaloupe and even part of my gigantic pumpkin plant. Could it be? I quickly waddled over to my seed packets just to check. My eyes grew big. Yep! I had bought mammoth sunflowers! They are about 6 feet high so far. I keep looking for the flower head but they just keep growing-and growing! LOL!

How much taller are these guys gonna get???

Seriously, next year, I have got to do better space planning! If not, I’m afraid my little girl my get lost in there and not find a way out (=

Hope you are all enjoying your summer harvests!


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Free DIY Landscaping

As you can see some serious weeding and a little equipment clean up is in order! Eek! I generally try to keep a ship-shape garden but sometimes...it just doesn't happen these days! Good thing the veggies are just as yummy & healthy, eh?

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. My garden kept giving me rocks, so I outlined an impromptu garden path with them. Free. Easy. Fast. (I had this done in about half an hour.) And I think it adds to the whole “charmingly” rustic country garden theme I’m going for here. After all I definitely wasn’t going to get a Japanese Zen garden or a sleek modern look with this fence and the straw (;

Decorating is one of my favorite hobbies. I watch HGTV like some people watch the cooking channel or the sports channels. If there is one thing I’ve learned about decorating its to take whatever you’re working with and run with it. Go big. (Hopefully in a not too cheesy kind of way.) In terms of living an eco-friendly life I would say this translates into taking whatever you already have and making it work for you in a wonderful way. Actually, I think they call that upcycling. Stay tuned  for tomorrow’s post and  I’ll show you some creations by fellow bloggers who have really taken this concept to a stylish new level.

And here’s some pics to update on the garden progress.

Grow my little bean sprouts! Grow!

Purple Cabbage

Pumpkins sprouts for a fall harvest (cross your fingers!)

Cukes in the making.

And since we’re still on Spring/Early Summer here, the lettuce are still growing like champs!

And here it is after a good rinse (done in the garden so as to use the water to its best advantage) ready to eat!

Hope you enjoyed the tour!