Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Mixing it Up

In my small yard there is a little kitchen garden which was planted last fall with broccoli, tomato, green pepper, green onions, garlic chives, basil and swiss chard. In February red potatoes, cherry tomatoes, bush beans and sugar snap peas were added to this little plot of ground. This month two blueberry bushes will be enclosing one side of the garden, plus I'll add a few peanut plants when the broccoli is finished.

But because the area is small I mix my bigger plants like collards and kale, plus some additional bush beans into my sunny perennial bed. I love the different textures and leaf colors and sizes that they add to the mix of flowers.

A no-fail daylily from my late stepfather is always a welcome reminder of him. He would be happy that his daylilys continue on and that we are enjoying them.

Another Georgia collard green is tucked in among the mealy cup sage, sun impatien and the black-eyed Susan.

The frame from an outdoor table umbrella has been re-purposed (my mother's idea) as a trellis for green beans and cucumbers. Mom was right ~ it works perfectly and looks nice, too!

An ornamental pumpkin that I sat next to the compost bin last winter has sprouted with wild abandon. It was taking over the plants, so I slipped it up through the fence posts. It did, however, give me the idea that I could use the fence as a trellis to grow other vining vegetables in the future.

The squirrels have helped to disburse the seeds throughout the garden, so it is coming up everywhere. I love the large leaves and the look of it draped over the fence, and will be sad to see it go. There are some small little pumpkins developing but they quickly turn brown and die. Hopefully, I'll get a couple of them that I can use this autumn for decoration.


Jean Campbell said...

It's all fun. Vegetables and fruits mixed in with ornamentals is a great way to confuse pests, too.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a green thumb you have! Don't night critters get into your vegetables?

I love what all you have done with your gardens in such a short period of time. Job well done.

Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

Lynn McIntosh said...

Susan, your kitchen garden is wonderful! I am so excited to see the umbrella frame used as a trellis! I have two that my husband was going to throw out and he thought the idea of using them as a trellis was crazy. Now I can show him yours and how beautiful it looks! And then I just have to find room in the garden...

Leslie Kimel said...

The umbrella frame makes a perfect bean teepee--what a great idea! And the collards and kale look so pretty mixed in with the flowers. I love flowers and vegetables together.

I hope you get some pumpkins. I got one a couple years ago and I was so proud. It was small but very cute.

janiceflorida said...

Hi Susan, your garden is just wonderful! You have so many beautiful spaces in 1/8 of an acre and nothing looks crowded, just perfect.

I'm Janice, a newbie to the blogging world...it's much harder than gardening!

Enjoyed the visit.

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