Tomatoes are taking over our garden – Video!

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We made a video for Brendon’s grandparents to show them our garden. I had planned to edit this video to show y’all as well, just cropping the “hey Grandma and Papa” part, but since I don’t know how to do that, I’m just sharing with you the whole video. Sharing the grandparent love!

For any of you at work, you can totally watch this on mute and see what we have growing. But in case you can’t tell exactly what everything is, here’s a list of what we have growing…

  • Two tomato plants – one cherry, one large
  • Quinoa
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Green bell peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Habaneros
  • Two blueberry bushes
  • Blackberry bush
  • Pomegranate tree

I cannot take credit for this garden at all. It’s really been tended well by my husband. And this is our first year, so we are not experts. But here are a few things Brendon did that really helped our garden along…

  • Brendon and his dad built a raised bed, which is almost essential for a garden in North Texas, where our soil is very clay-like.
  • He didn’t skimp on the soil. Brendon got the good stuff. And he added a cow manure fertilizer to it as well.
  • We go to this great nursery called Northaven Gardens, local to Dallas, where they are extremely knowledgeable about North Texas plants and what grows best where, etc. We listen to their advice with what to plant and how best to do it. They are so helpful! Truthfully, it would be easier to go to Home Depot, but we have found the employees there to be knowledgeable in constructing but not so much in planting. For our home needs, we choose Home Depot (or the like), but for gardening, we choose a specialized nursery.
  • Since it’s not too hot just yet, we have been watering the plants every other day with rain water, collected in our rain barrel we got off Freecycle. (Dallas friends, sign up for a class to make your own rain barrel here.)
  • Also we keep the garden fenced off with 4-foot high, flexible fencing to keep squirrels (and our chickens!) out. The fencing isn’t really pretty, but it does it’s job!

Do y’all have any tips for growing your own vegetable garden?

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  1. Kristie says:

    NICE!! Maybe next year for me. :) I do have a few herbs, celery (that I grew from the end I usually throw away) onions and garlic (both of which sprouted in my fridge) see a trend here? :)

  2. Love seeing your garden! We have a pretty big garden every year..corn, beans, tomatoes, onions, beets, radishes, herbs, lettuce, peppers, potatoes..probably a few other things that are slipping my mind! Hubby does it all though..he tends to everything (especially well this year since he’s unemployed at the time being). Mostly just keeping things watered and well fertilized (miracle grow) is the advice I could give! I do all the canning/preserving/freezing/etc..thats my area! :-)
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