Garden Gab week 19 ~ Food for my family

I’ve been negative lately about the heat. I need to work on that. Gardening makes me happy. It provides food for my family and friends. It relieves stress, and it’s my “thing”.

I’m 19 weeks in to gardening this season. 19 weeks seems like a lot, but in gardening it’s very little time.

My carrots are still growing, but they are carrot-ey and taste pretty darn good. They’re just not very big yet.

My okra is growing so well. Really, really well. I clipped these pieces of okra on Thursday.

I gifted it to my sweet neighbor Becky.

I got a cute little onion from my garden! It’s not really little, but it sure is cute. I added it to the fresh salsa I made on Thursday.

Here are my garden pictures.

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I won’t have any posts over the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of great food and wonderful fun. See you Monday.

Please leave me a comment and let me know how your garden is doing this week.



  1. I’m jealous of your garden! Unfortunately our weather window is too small for growing (and the wildllife would devour it all); one year it snowed in July, just as my eggplant and peppers were gettting ready. And I’m with you on the heat beacuse it’s been HOT. Have a great weekend.

    • Snow in July? Sounds heavenly, but very bad for your seedlings.

  2. Things are looking good in your garden. We´re not dedicated enough to digging for carrots (shame, because I like them but our soil is very heavy). I think next year we´ll have to try okra as it seems to like the heat. You´ll have to put some okra recipes up to inspire me! Have a great weekend.

    • I’m working on a few okra recipes. I’ll post one soon.

  3. Fresh veggies! Have a GREAT weekend.

    My deck garden’s doing okay–lots of peppers, lots of herbs. Except SOME sneaky little animal keeps munching on my tomatoes before they can get ripe.

    • Allie, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      Outdoor critters are eating my veggies too, just enough to ruin the fruit. I think it’s birds.

      • I was all ready to blame birds for mine, too. Until I looked out the door Sunday morning and saw a chipmunk just SITTING there on the deck, next to a chewed up tomato, looking all proud of himself…grrr.

        (And I think raising kids is BY FAR more than enough goal!)

      • Dang chipmunks!!!! Do they have any sort of deterrent you could set out for chipmunks?

        The cartoon versions were quite musical, perhaps if you pipe in some bad music it will keep the chipmunks at bay. Any Disney star/musical artist should work nicely.

        I don’t think we have chipmunks. We’ve got squirrels and birds and stray cats.

  4. I’d like to think I inspired you to grow that carrot! Ha, kidding see now you’ve gone and given me a big head. Looking good. (Your garden, not my big head.)

    • 😀 You’re the inspiration for that carrot…yep Just that one though. Each carrot has it’s own inspiration. 😀

      Thanks. I’ve figured out the right time to water in the excessive heat, I think that is really helping. My funky peppers are turning different colors. I’m not sure the pictures show it, but they are gorgeous.

  5. Ours is really leafy but not much produce yet. We’ve harvested two tomatoes so far. My only real complaint are these mushrooms that are invading some of the garden boxes.

    • I’ve had problems with the little mushrooms too. It’s probably from the compost. 🙂

  6. I am jealous of your garden! I love in Iowa, and the heat has not done well for my small garden. Maybe in our next house we will have more space to have a great garden!

    • Thank you for the comment Erin. The heat has been crazy here in Texas too. My garden is a raised bed garden. It’s nice because I can control the soil better. I’m out growing it though. My husband is building me 4 more plots. I’m excited about the expansion. Next summer will be spectacular.

  7. Love your garden and your space.

    • Thank you for the comment and the visit.
      I’m excited to check out the great looking recipes on your site. Pineapple milkshake, how good does that sound?!? Really good!


    • Thank you. The credit goes to my husband, he built it for me and has been very supportive.

      I love your Paratha recipe. It looks yummy.

  9. I have huge garden envy. Everything I have is growing in pots.

    That onion looks like a little light bulb. 🙂

    • Oddly, I can’t grow much (except Ivy) in pots. 🙂
      I love the look of container gardens, all those beautiful overflowing pots.

      The onion did look like a little light bulb.
      It tasted great. My salsa was happy to have it.

  10. And I thought I was the only one to call produce cute! Very nice garden, and try and make the best of the Summer heat.

    • Glad to know I’m not alone in my belief that produce is cute. I mean really, it’s just so darn cute! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment Ashley! Your Chocolate Biscotti looks amazing. You covered it in coconut…brilliant.

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