Friday, June 3, 2011


I'm going for a walk around my potager, do you want to come with me and see what is growing?
Straight ahead you will find rainbow chard.  Beyond that green beans.  To the right zucchini.  In the far back, herbs, garlic, onions and leeks.
This is a garlic blossom.  I planted the garlic last fall and it will be ready to harvest late summer.
This is the rainbow chard.  See that white thing on the right?  A turnip seed must have been mixed in with the chard seeds!
Here in the front are peas, that are ready to be pulled out and something else planted.  To the left are tomatoes, carrots and beets.  We also have peppers and lettuce growing in the long bed in the back.
This is how my back yard looks now.  It is all torn up.  Mr. Comforts of Home dug this trench in order to get water and electric to the fountain and the pergola.
Someday soon, this fountain will be working and there will be flowers around it...

Do you grow a veggie garden?  What have you planted in it?
Welcome Home,
p.s.  I should have the chairs and table painting by the end of the weekend or the beginning of next week.  When I do, we will celebrate with a giveaway.  Sound like fun?  


  1. Your garden is doing beautifully! And the raised beds surrounded by gravel just look marvelous. That's the solution for muddy lawns near gardens for sure. (My daughter-in-law gave me the beginnings of a vegetable garden and I don't know whether to thank her or kick her. I've planted lettuce and must-soon-plant-before- they-croak zucchini, peppers, and beans.)

  2. We can't plant any veggies, where we used to do so. Because the neighbor's Binder Weed has invaded our space.

    I am spending this summer, dedicated to not letting any of her Binder Weed get a hold in our land, anymore. And it is a true *QUEST*! Of epic proportions.

    If our hanging tomatoes ever get started, will only have them, hanging up high on our fence, where they can not be attacked from below ground, by Binder Weeds/Vine.



  3. This is gorgeous!!!! Used to grow a big veggie garden. One end of it was a flower garden, for fresh flowers for the table. I used to can and freeze fruit and veggies every summer.
    Nothing like homegrown foods.

    These days I have a few pots of herbs on the porch.

  4. I never thought I would enjoy sitting in a vegetable garden to enjoy the view but yours makes me want to come and "sit a spell". It is beautiful!

  5. No, we have no garden and I wish we did. Maybe next year. Yours looks so good.

  6. Everything looks so lush, Penny! And it is only June! I may just be there in time for the harvest {hint, hint!}.


  7. You have so many things growing! This year we moved our garden to a better place, anyway I like it. We built our beds from trees that we cut down, and lots of compost. I'm hoping that it will make it. I planted Pink Brandywine, Mr. Stripey, Big Boy, Amish Paste, Cherokee Purple, and grape tomatoes. Peas are gone, asparagus is in its first year, potatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, eggplant (notice only 1 as they never do well for me) Swiss chard, shallots, onions, dragon tongue beans, wax beans, squash different ones, watermelon if I get out to plant from the container, and a French type pumpkin/squash that has all these wart looking things on it. I guess I'll be busy if everything grows!

  8. Penny it all looks wonderful! I would be happy setting up a table in the potager and having a lovely lunch alfresco. What a fabulous job!

  9. We don't have a garden, only a couple of potted tomato plants on the back deck. I think that once Hubby retires that we will most likely have a garden though. Yours is wonderful!


  10. Your potager is growing so well. I have a few things intermingled with some flowers - since we haven't had time to make proper beds yet.

    It all looks so lush, way ahead of our gardens here.

  11. Penny, everything looks great. The hill is a perfect backdrop to your garden. Here's a blog you might like:

    This lady lives here in Oklahoma City. Her home has been featured in Southern Living.

  12. Penny, your garden is growing great! Everything looks so green and healthy. My garden is doing really well this year and so are my herbs.
    I love your fountain! It will be beautiful when the water starts flowing and the flowers are planted.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  13. I would want a bag to walk around and pick some of that chard! It's so incredible right out of the garden! ♥

  14. Your veg gardens are so neat and organized! I love how you have it in different raised beds. We just got our garden planted last weekend. It has been too wet to do it before. I have several different kinds of tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, garlic, herbs, zuchinni, squash, and cucumbers. I grew Swiss Chard a couple of years ago and it did very well. Not that I want the summer to zoom by, which I don't, but it will be nice to eat some fresh produce in the near future! ~Hugs, Patti

  15. Your garden looks lovely and those beds make it so neat looking. Have a great weekend.

  16. We are putting our garden in this weekend. Hard to believe it's so late but our last frost date is the end of May, it was only 45 degrees when I got up this morning!
    I have never cooked swiss chard, what do you do with it?

  17. Forgot to answer your question. We do already have the basil and dill in, got to have that! I also picked up some heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market to plant and we will be doing some peppers and lettuces. Going to the farmers mkt. tomorrow to see what else looks good.

  18. Your potager is so lovely! Mine is just getting started with a very small plot for now, but hopefully it will be larger next year. ::Jill

  19. I am jealous Penny. I will admit it. I have 3 tomatoes and one basil plant...not too much room for a veggie garden in my small yard. But I love your, it is really amazing that you just did it this year! You have a good helper in hubs, don't you? Anyway your garden will be spectacular by mid July and the fountain will be the glory.

  20. Wow, Penny! This is so organized and looks so tidy. You are amazing!
    Happy gardening! ~ Sarah

  21. Your beds are gorgeous, Penny! I can't wait to see what all of this looks like at the end of summer, when all has filled in.

  22. You have such a lovely garden. DH puts in a veggie garden every year - chard, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, potatoes are standby's. We are having such a wet spring tho that things are really slow growing this year.


  23. Thank you for the stroll! Your garden is splendid!! When will the salad be ready? I will be righhhhhht over! (I wish!) We don't have a garden for veggies, just flowers and a POOL. Maybe I should fill that pool in and grow veggies!

    Happy day, dear friend!


  24. Wow!! Penny it is absolutely beautiful!

  25. Swiss chard? I've heard of it but not cooked it.
    Your garden looks like something out of a magazine. So pretty...and it will all be sooo tasty.:)

  26. Wow, everything looks wonderful! It's all growing so nicely. Love it.

  27. I did drop by the other day, and saw your amazingly neat and tidy potager, I'm in awe!!

    Guess my comment didn't go through.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  28. Where did you find your beautiful fountain? I've been looking all summer for something similar.