(This picture of our garden was taken a week or two ago.)

Isn't gardening amazing?

I've never really had a garden before, but Chickpea really wanted to become a farmer.  She may have been born in Jersey, but apparently she's a country girl at heart!  So we tore up a 50 square foot patch of grass and tried to squeeze in way too many plants.  So began Chickpea's "small-scale farm."

Yesterday, we had our first harvest: four beautiful, tasty-looking jalapenos!


I'm just as excited as Chickpea.  It's been so much fun watching the plants grow and produce fruit.  There are more peppers on the way and oodles of tomatoes.  We also planted watermelon and muskmelon plants.  We kind of ignored the spacing requirements for those, but apparently they really do need ten feet of space.  Those things are taking over!

I realized last night that I should be keeping a gardening journal of some kind, both as a scrapbook and as an idea file for future years.

I'd love to hear from those of you that garden!
  • What kinds of things do you plant?
  • What tips do you have for a newbie?
  • Do you keep a gardening journal?

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  1. Hannah Says:

    In our garden we grow lots of vegetables - tomatoes, peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, peppers, eggplant, and more. And also flowers just for fun!
    I do wish that I'd been better about keeping some sort of gardening journal the past few years. Now I can't necessarily remember which variety we liked or did especially well. So do take the time to jot down some notes as you go along!

  2. Kate Says:

    Wow! I'd like to expand our garden next year. There were so many things I wanted to plant, and not enough room. And I wasn't even ordering from any seed catalogs: Those have sooo many great things! Flowers would be good, too. I'd like to have a cutting garden.

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