Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Our own personal salad bar in the backyard...

Our summer garden has really taken off...much to the kids' excitement. Now that we've managed to get the snails under control...

Here's Garrett proudly displaying his broccoli sprouts....grown personally by him from a packet of seeds. I kid you not. The boy has a natural green thumb.

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This is the romaine lettuce which I desperately need to thin out but I don't have the heart to do it. Each one of the sprouts look so healthy...it's hard to choose which ones to pull.

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Our strawberry plants (with one tomato plant in the mix)...I think the birds have given up trying to eat them, although Cole did see a "bald eagle" looking at them.

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Little watermelon plants in the making....

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Tomatoes (roma, early girl and cherry), green beans, zucchini and cucumber...

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My future endless supply of wine....I'll happily share but you have to babysit my kids, in return. Don't worry..the wine will take the edge off, trust me.

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Awwww, look at these beauties close up...

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The pathetic orange tree with no flowers, which has begged a million times over to be put out of its misery...

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The lonely dwarf tangerine tree...

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...with lots of tiny tangerine buds all over it

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The peach tree, which can't decide which way to branch out...

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The little raspberry bush that we thought was dead but has since come back to life after Mother Nature brutally drowned it in water....

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So whether salad, fruit or wine is your pleasure...we have it all at Casa de Loco.

45 comments:

Dysfunctional Mom said...

This post made me hungry!
I'm very impressed. I am just barely beginning to plant things but you have a whole produce section!

Merri Ann said...

That garden makes me miss California even more. It looks great! I hope you lettuce know how it matures :))

Rebecca said...

Wow! That all looks so good! We just planted our veggies this weekend and it's been so damn cold and rainy that I haven't been able to actually look at them. They're on the side of our house that doesn't have windows and since I refuse to give up my flipflops just b/c it's freezing again, I "can't" get over there.

The grapes are what I'm really jealous of...

Mrsbear said...

Nice work! It all looks terrific. I tried my hand at tomatoes one year but it didn't quite work out as I expected and the birds kept picking at my fruit. My avocado tree did spectacular last year, but I can't take the credit, nature watered it, I just ate the bounty. ;)

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Awesome!!!!
We did not plant a garden this year and after looking at your growing garden, I am sad.
I do have wild blackberries growing so blackberry wine is on the agenda this year : )

Buckeroomama said...

It is so wonderful for the kids to be able to putter around in the garden. I wish we have one... :)

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

WOW!! That's a LOT of work you've got displayed here! NICE job! Can't wait to see it all grow!!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

How awesome is that. Love planting and gardens.
Betty xx

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I am so envious of ANYONE who can grow anything.

Look there - even Garrett beats me.

Every single plant I've ever had has died on me...

The Mother said...

I have a black thumb. I cannot grow veggies. I do know where to buy them, though, so it's not like I don't present them at the table (where they are totally ignored).

I can grow weeds. I'm really good at weeds.

(Luckily, herbs are weeds. I can grow them.)

Kim said...

I can't believe you can grow all that stuff there. It all sounds so delicious. We only have boring vegatable options here. I want peaches in my yard! And you'll have to let me know how the enless wine works out for you. Something tells me it would make the toddler years much more bearable.

The Boob Nazi said...

awww, I miss my backyard at my old, old house in Sacramento.

Nobodys Nothings said...

how the heck did you guys do that??? i merely look at a packet of seeds in the store, and they run screaming from my apparent aura of vegetation death. i definitely do NOT have a green thumb. we tried to plant some stuff this year, but i'm pretty sure 3 separate storms of quarter sized hail demolished them. oh well. maybe next year?

Crossed Fingers said...

Oh I'm so jealous! I wish we could do a veggie garden but the deer eat everything in sight so it would just be a feeding frenzy for them. I'll have to try again though and put some things on our deck - maybe the raccoons will stay way if we have wire around it...

On another note - I did learn the other day that some fruit trees require at least two in order for the fruit to grow big enough to eat and have enough to eat. There was some reason behind it but I forgot...just that some trees need two or more.

Erin said...

I desperately want a garden like yours. I am starting out small w/ herbs. I bought tomato plants and am starting those today. But I want to do strawberries as well, but worried about birds/bunnies/etc...argh!

GREAT job, Helene. You amaze me!

Colton's Mommy said...

That is quite a little array of plants you have growing there. I wanted to plant a garden, but we would have to have greenhouse instead. We live on two acres that has many creatures that visit every night--possums, raccoons, rabbits, deer, gophers, cats and skunks.

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

Looks great.
And thats funny about the thinning out part becuase i am the same way. I think in my head (what if i pull out the good ones) lol
I just make sure to pull the shorter ones out

Kristina P. said...

I better not even look at these pictures! They will die instantly.

Eva Gallant said...

You have been a busy crew!

Nezzy said...

Girl, kids and gardens....life just doesn't get any better than this! It looks fantastic! You grow 'em both well.

God bless and have a marvelous day!!!

Twins Squared said...

Helene that is awesome! I don't think I could ever do a vegetable garden as good! I am totally impressed. And you think you don't have talent - I think this and cake-making/decorating are two things that you rock at!

Jenny said...

That is so cool! I wish we had the space to plant a garden. Of course, then the deer would eat it.

wife.mom.nurse said...

how i would love a garden...I'll just have to live vicariously through you!

I love your spring pictures and garden fun :)

Donna said...

Ugh!! I am SO jealous! What a smorgsa-bord!!! (sp?)

Awesome job La Familia de Loco!

Seriosuly, SO jealous! ;-)

Angela Cooper said...

We're stilling having threats of frost here but hubs is planning on a veggie garden this year.

wonderchris said...

All my favorites!!! I can't get enough fruits/veggies. I would happily dine at Casa de Loco (which made me crack up, btw). I would also happily babysit!! This loco babysitter would fit in nicely, I think! :D

shortmama said...

Im so jealous! I wish I could grow stuff like that in our barren desert soil!

sandandstarfish said...

love love LOVE it! i posted a couple pictures of my garden yesterday at http://sandandstarfish.com and there's a picture of my broccoli growing :) I have some florets now! Stop by and see them if you have a chance :) I can't wait to see all the "fruits" of your labor, literally!

girlytwins said...

I have always wanted to grow my own garden, maybe next year with the help of my girls we will do it :) I would gladly sit for your children with the exchange of wine LOL...

When did I become my Mom said...

I'm eyeing the "vineyard" myself.
:-)

Kim said...

Oh, I'm so envious! All of our starters and seedlings are still in trays indoors, waiting for June 1st when the soil and air are warm enough to transfer everything to the outside garden.

Brooke said...

beautiful! i really want to plant a garden, but i'm afraid the critters around my house will eat them.

seriously i'm freakin snow white. without all the little men. and the constant singing. and the love of the animals that surround me.

This Daddy said...

I hope our stuff turns out good. I am so jealous. Is Tim getting excited over the World Cup starting soon

The Lane Family said...

Those vegetables and fruits look AWESOME!!! I think I would love to visit Casa Da Loco!!!

Mighty M said...

Can't wait until you open your roadside farmer's stand....and wine shop! :)

Sharlene said...

We are growing stuff in our backyard too. last night I actually got the kids to eat zucchini since they grew it! I can't wait until everything else pops up! Tee hee!

Missie said...

We seem to be growing a lot of the same things. This is our first time attempting a veggie garden. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Annie said...

Wow,you have a lot of things there!!!

Alicia said...

He's so cute, and he looks so proud!!

Your garden looks wonderful!

Marianne said...

HAHA @ Merri Ann's cute pun ;)

Your garden is beyond impressive... especially for someone who claims to not have a green thumb! And Garrett is too cute with his proud little self.

I wish we could grow half of that in Indiana but the weather is so bipolar here it would never make it. I hope it's fruitful for you... imagine how much money you'll save at the grocery if it is! I know i made that comment with the strawberries, but I didn't realize you were growing the entire produce section!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

What a wonderful garden. I am totally craving broccoli now!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

What a wonderful garden. I am totally craving broccoli now!

Lani said...

That is totally.awesome. I wish I could grow something, but I suck at all things relating to plants:(

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I remember when I was a kid our diagonal back neighbor had raspberry bushes that over lapped into our yard and we would eat the berries. Very good!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

How are those zucchinis coming along?

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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