What's In My Garden?- April 2017

As previously mentioned, one of my absolute new favorite things to do is garden. It is just as relaxing as it is rewarding. I enjoy it so much that I'm even attempting to grow my first ever vegetable garden this year. Gasp! Now I by no means have a green thumb, in fact I've probably killed every bouquet I've ever been given. Seriously! I can't remember the last time my husband bought me flowers...he surprises me with edible arrangements instead. Ha!

But I am determined this year. Determined to grow my own food, determined to get more fresh, healthy produce into my family's bellies, and of course, determined to save some money! Let's face it, eating healthy can get expensive!

Here's what I have so far:

First up, flowers!

Pretty pansies!

Black eyed Susans just beginning to sprout, with a few marigolds in front.

Creeping phlox. I can't believe how much they've multiplied since we first planted them a few years back.

Dwarf sunflowers. I'm growing them from seeds. They may not look like much yet, but peak a little closer. Ok, A LOT closer. I see (baby) sprouts in the bottom left!!!

Roses, dahlias, and lilies should all be making their debuts soon.

Now on to my veggies. I'm growing all of them in containers on my balcony in an attempt to keep wildlife away. I'd like to avoid using pesticides, if possible.

Here it is! From these containers, I'm hoping to grow tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, kale, broccoli, basil, mint, rosemary, bell peppers, cilantro, parsley, and STRAWBERRIES! I'm pretty sure my boys are most excited for the berries...and so am I.

Tomato plant appears to be doing well. I also planted some marigolds near by as they are said to keep bugs away.


Mojitos, I mean mint anyone??

Kale for future smoothies.

Green bell peppers. I'm also growing some red bell peppers in another container.

Do y'all see what I see?!?

Strawberries!!! They should be ready for picking (and eating!) in about a month or so. SWEET!

I'll have an updated "What's In My Garden?" post next month. Stay tuned!