Names have been changed to protect the innocent...and my husband...and me...but not the dog. His name is Dexter.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


It's true.  I'm a total garden nerd.  Now, lest you think that means I know a lot about gardening and I'm really good at it and I enjoy pulling weeds, I'm here to assure you that I really am not any of those things.  I enjoy the satisfaction that we get from the garden, although I dread weeding it in the spring so we can plant everything.  I generally have no idea what I'm doing and have learned almost everything the hard way.

I have a few friends who also enjoy gardening and almost every time I see them I have to go all nerdy and talk about all things garden with them.  Since they seem to enjoy gardening as well, so they put up with my nerdiness.  And I love looking at other people's gardens.  Everyone does things so differently and it's wonderful to see how they did it and why.  Yep, I'm that big of a nerd.  Don't worry, I'll still talk to you if you don't have a garden.  We just won't talk about gardening.  Because you would probably be really bored.

The garden started out the season in nice orderly rows.  But seeing as it is the Chaos Garden, it didn't really stay in nice orderly rows.  It is now a wild jumble of craziness to match the rest of my life of wild jumbled craziness.  And, of course I have pictures!

On the right hand side of this picture is our grape tomato.  One grape tomato.  That has overgrown the cucumber plants behind it, which is okay since the cucumbers are now growing up the bean plants at the back.  And there's a basil plant next to the tomato and cucumbers....right there in the middle.  And see those little yellow flowers on the left side of the photo?  That's more grape tomato plant.  Taking up about 6 feet of garden space.  But that's okay.  It's a happy grape tomato plant.
And here's our corn.  We decided to try growing corn this year.  Thought it might be fun.  And if you look closely you can see the large leaves and yellow flowers of the cucumber vines growing up the corn stalks.

See, there's a future pickle growing about 2 feet off the ground.
But look at all of the wonderful goodness that comes from all of the crazy.
 That is a tomato, by the way, not a pumpkin.  A freakishly big tomato.

Yes, my garden is chaotic and crazy, but it's flourishing so I'm happy with it.  A few people have asked me what my secret is and I've decided to tell you.  The secret to my gardening success is.....dumb luck.  And positive reinforcement.


Kristina P. said...

Gardeners amaze me! You are doing a great job.

Jessica G. said...

Wow! Our garden is also robust…if we were hoping for a bumper crop of weeds. Never got around to planting it this year. I kinda miss having the peas and squash. (Never thought I'd say that.)

Emily said...

Yay for ginormous tomatoes and chaotic gardens!

Jody said...


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