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I heard that today is earth day. I’m pretty much into earth most days. I love the mountains, lakes, ocean, trees…earth. Here’s a couple of pictures of my garden just because today is earth day!



Yes, I know it’s messy. I always have plans to straighten everything up and have perfect rows. It hasn’t happened yet. The tomatoes grow just the same whether the rows are straight or not. The bugs find them too even though you’d think they’d get lost. I wish they’d get lost…

This year I have zucchini, beans, parsnips, rutabaga, cabbage, brussels sprouts, beets, onions, arugula, tomatoes and peppers. At least that is what I hope to be eating. Maybe some cucumbers too although they aren’t looking too perky.

Grow something!

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Posted: April 21, 2013


  1. Hope the avocado and lemon trees aren’t feeling left out…

    Comment by Randy — April 21, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

  2. Ha! They are in the background. I’m not sure I’ll get lemons this year. None of the blossoms are setting. The avocado tree, OTOH, is actually setting fruit so there is GREAT Hope!

    Comment by Maria — April 21, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

  3. Um, actually, tomorrow is Earth Day, so you can celebrate for 2 days now. Your garden looks thriving. What do you do with rutabaga and parsnips? Do you eat them raw or cook them? Any recipes? I’ve never eaten rutabaga and parsnips I’ve only had mashed like potatoes. Is that some kind of cactus in the background? The one with the flat, oval leaves?

    Comment by Dee — April 21, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

  4. Yup, that’s a pear cactus. I think. The spineless kind. Technically we could eat them when they are young (But you still have to take off very fine stickers.) I’ve eaten them before. They’re good. A bit like asparagus. Kind of.

    Oh. Tomorrow is earth day??? I have never grown parsnips before, but plan to make them like mashed tatters. The rutabaga, I’m not sure about. Husband says he used to eat them raw. So I might try them in salads and I’ll probably also stir-fry them! I stir fry everything when I don’t know what else to do with them. Once I have an idea of how they taste, I might add them to soups or curries or casseroles.

    Comment by Maria — April 21, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

  5. Great garden!
    What a joy this must be when all your hard work produces such tasty results

    Comment by Anonymous — April 21, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  6. Beautiful garden.

    My gardening is limited to herbs. Looks like my oregano is coming back from last year, but I’m going to have to pick up some basil. Of course, the rosemary is a permanent fixture, and I have to actually prune it every year.

    Comment by Trina — April 21, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

  7. Thanks. The rosemary is in the front yard. I use it in soups, but yes, it needs pruning all the time. I didn’t plant basil this year (Forgot) but am hoping that some comes up from last year. There’s a little sprout I’m watching. I think it’s basil. It might have to be moved, but I think it’s basil. The bees LOVED the basil last year. I’d get the nonblooming kind except for those happy bees. The sage is looking good too. I lost the sage last year. I forgot to mention the parsley and the mustard greens. And maybe some other stuff.

    Comment by Maria — April 21, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

  8. My neighbor laid out her garden today. That’s about as close as I get. However I am quite good at admiring the wonderful job you have done. Happy Earth.

    Comment by Elisabeth — April 21, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

  9. Love your garden Maria, that is how a garden is suppose to look. It looks well loved. I wish I had your space. Just seeing it makes me more anxious!

    Comment by tibet — April 22, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

  10. I’m like a cyclone when I garden. I toss things here and there, seeds everywhere!! Pots with this and pots with that! I have multiple projects going on at the same time…there is always something growing!

    Comment by Maria — April 22, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

  11. Sounds like the perfect way to do it.

    Comment by Elisabeth — April 23, 2013 @ 1:16 am

  12. Hm. I see lots of room for expanding there…;-)

    Comment by April — April 23, 2013 @ 10:03 am

  13. Tell the plants. They will be expanding outside that fence in no time. The tomato plants aren’t even half the size they will get!

    Comment by Maria — April 23, 2013 @ 10:27 am

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