Let the gardening begin!

Jimmy and I finally got around to planting our garden! We learned a lot from last year’s garden, so we were excited to get to work.

Garden 2

If any Pittsburgh readers are interested, we bought our seedlings from Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse. Will tilled, weeded, sprinkled the garden with Preen Organic Weed Preventer and mixed in a few bags of manure and compost about a week before we planted.

We planted San Marzano tomatoes, red grape tomatoes, early girl tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, orange bell peppers, green bell peppers, eggplant, swiss chard, and cucumbers.

Garden 1

We gave the vegetables a big drink of water and placed some stepping stones within the garden.

Then we got to work on the fence. We had quite a few rabbits and deer eat and step on some of our crops last year, so we decided to install higher fencing. We aren’t quite finished because we’re also going to add another layer of fencing around the bottom so rabbits can’t slip through.

Garden 3 Garden 4

So, that’s where we’re at right now with the garden! Almost done with the initial setup. Next up will be lots of watering, studying how much everything has grown, and weeding. Lots and lots of weeding 😉

Do you grow a garden?

What is your favorite vegetable?



  1. Yum! I do not garden but just today my friend asked if I wanted some tomato and basil plants…so maybe I will be testing out the green thumb soon!

  2. Wow! It looks amazing. The fencing def looks like Jimmys work 🙂 can’t wait to have some of the veggies :))))) love you!

    1. Thanks, mama!! You’ll be surprised, but Jimmy and I actually did the fence together! He did the hard parts, but I helped :). Can’t wait to share the veggies with you. Love you, too!

  3. Wow!!! That looks incredible!! I’d love to hear more about installing the lower fence for rabbits. Also, did you go off of a layout for which vegetables to plant where? My head is spinning with what can’t grow next to what. Congrats to your sister Hannah, too! Where does the time go?!

    1. Thanks, Patti! For the lower fence, we basically doubled up the fencing. Hopefully it works well!! We did go with a simple layout for what to plant where. You can research what plants go well together and which don’t. We didn’t do it last year, and I don’t really think it makes a big difference but you never know! I think you want to keep vegetables from the same “family” near each other like kale and broccoli go together and bell peppers and eggplant, if that makes sense! I hope your garden goes well!

      Thanks for the congrats to Hannah! I can’t believe she is almost 18 already!

  4. Your garden ooks amazing! I hope you have a fruitful harvest. Homegrown tomatoes are sooo tasty… I love mixing them with some finely chopped basil and a dash of olive oil, and then eating them with some freshly made focaccia bread. So good!

    1. Thank you so much, Grace! It’s like a little haven of bliss for us! Even when pulling weeds… Usually. Ask me in a few months and I may respond differently ;).

      Homegrown tomatoes are amazing, aren’t they?! I just love how great they taste. And your recipe sounds divine!

  5. Oh yes, so much weeding. But it will be totally worth it when you have all your produce later this year!

  6. Incredible!! I just can’t get over how awesome your gardening space is and I remember how much you did to clean it up when you first moved into the house. So rewarding! Looking forward to hearing about your 2016 gardening adventures!

    1. Aww, shucks! Thank you, Amy! It really was so much work to clean up the space, but 100% worth it!

      Can’t wait to hear how your gardening goes this summer!

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