Ever since we planted our first garden last year, we have become known as the "people with the garden." No matter where we go, when we introduce ourselves and tell where we live, we get the response, "Oh, you're the people with the garden."
That's because we live on a highly-traveled road that passes right by our house and garden.
See the road at the top of the picture? This is the view that folks have when they pass by.
We planted a flower garden in front of the vegetable garden to encourage the birds, bees, and the butterflies. In other words, the pollinators.
It must have worked! Here's a bee busy pollinating those cucumber blossoms! Yesterday I must have gathered 100 cucumbers. Guess what I'm making this afternoon. PICKLES!
And we have all kinds of birds that have made a home here as well.
We planted hollyhocks in front of the garden fence. That's because I remember that my grandmother had hollyhocks planted beside her garden fence.
She had nasturtiums growing in her garden and so do I.
We planted roses along the fence. They make our work in the garden pleasurable.
See what I mean?
I'm fascinated by the beautiful color of this Joseph's Coat.
And the Climbing Peace is always a charmer.
Our garden is huge. It measures 100 feet x 125 feet. We put the fence around it last year because deer live in the woods behind it.
This is the other side of the garden.
But the beauty of these rivals the beauty of the flowers.
As well as the corn. We planted Silver Queen. Is there really any other kind?
Pole beans are climbing the fence.
These are beets that I can't wait to roast.
Here you see cantaloupe, eggplant, okra, and squash plants.
We even have a few strawberries in baskets.
Do you like zucchini? I have several good recipes that I'll post soon.
And every Southern garden has okra.
The raised beds have been a huge success this year. Click here if you want to see the post that Leo wrote about how to construct them.
We have 56 tomato plants. We had our first 'mater sandwich yesterday.
This is our asparagus bed. Hopefully, we'll get a few spears next spring. But we're heard that we'll have an abundance of it the third year. It's an exercise in patience, for sure.
The potatoes are ready. Leo dug some up less than an hour ago. Guess what we're having for dinner!
There really isn't anything better than food you've grown yourself. This lettuce is so tender and tasty, but it won't last long in this heat that we're having right now.
Look at this beautiful color! The more colorful your food is, the better it is for you.
So we really are the people with the garden.
We're the lucky ones that live at the Cottage at the Crossroads.