Take a Walk Through My Vegetable Garden

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This year we have taken on a huge  project in the yard.  We have started this pretty awesome vegetable garden.  I’ve grown vegetables before but, in our previous house, we did not have a big yard.  As a matter of fact, we had a pretty small yard.  Our garden was confined to pots and a small patch of grass that didn’t get a lot of sun and was enjoyed by the bunnies.

In our new house, the previous owners had this awesome garden space.  It’s a large space, well for us it is, but, in my opinion, was not set up well.  They had used large pots and even small ponds, yes ponds like for fish,  that the set into the stone.  I’m sure it worked well for them but I had trouble fitting everything I wanted to grow.  For such a large space, I felt I wasn’t getting the best use of it.  So, with that said, my husband and I transformed it into what you see above.

The garden in the back of the picture is my cool weather garden.  In there I have planted Romaine Lettuce, Broccoli, Onion & String Beans.  I also have Grapes & Blueberries that we hope will grow on the rope we placed across the back.

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.49.24 PMRomaine Lettuce almost ready to be picked.

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.51.28 PMCan you spot that little tiny head of broccoli just starting there.  This is one that I can’t wait to eat!

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.51.17 PMThe string beans already starting to climb up the string we set up.  It amazes me how quickly they latch onto the string.  I go out there and check it out all the time.  A little obsessed I think right 😉

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.51.38 PMIn some of the other beds, I started some plants from seed including the carrots, zucchini, cantaloupe, peppers, eggplant and tomato.

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.51.07 PMLook how cute those carrot tops are.  I just want to pick them and see how big they are now.  Patience is not in my vocabulary.

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.50.55 PMEveryday another leaf opens up on the zucchini.  Hard to image that in a few short weeks the whole bed will be taken over by these leaves.  Hopefully some zuchinni too.

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.50.39 PMFor my tomato and some of my pepper plants, I reused some of the pots that had been buried in the stone to grow them in.  See that Tomato Sign stuck in the pot? That was my mother’s day gift from my kids.  They got them from an Etsy shop and I have one for almost everything I’m growing.  I think I’ll keep them.  The kids I mean 😉

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.50.30 PMAnd look!  Can you guess what that is?

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.49.12 PMMy poor little cantaloupe plants.  Something is feasting on the leaves.  I’ll have to keep a close on eye them

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.48.27 PMThis side of the garden we’ve got corn & cucumber.

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.50.47 PMLook at those tiny corn plants.  They will be taller then me in no time.  I hope anyway.  I’m actually doing an experiment.  I planted cucumbers in between the corn and I’m going to try to grow the cucumbers vertically and use the corn stalks as support.  Not sure how that will turn out but I thought, hey why not.

So, that is my garden.  If you are looking for me this summer, I’ll probably be in there watching the green beans climb up the string.

Happy Gardening!

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  • Casey B

    Absolutely love it! Best wishes for good eats this summer!

  • Dee2

    It looks great, Cindy! I have a pretty big (for me) vegetable garden that is going gangbusters so far. I planted my cold weather vege’s and herbs in March, so I’ve been harvesting for about a month. (I’m in CT) I think I’m going to get green around the gills from all the kale and lettuce.

    Just got the tomatoes, squash, cukes, green beans, peppers and eggplants in last weekend. I’m also trying a new Burpee seed… corn that grows in a pot!

    Can’t wait to see more pics of your garden as it takes off.

    • Cindy Livesey

      Oh let me know how the corn works out. I’d love to give that a try next year.

      • Laura D.

        Also, you may want to test it with just one plant first to see how your plant under your particular conditions will respond. All plants are different, but this has worked very well for all of us. One other thing, you being in South Jersey, your sun is more potent than ours up in the Northwestern NJ, so you may want to double the water. We use the most concentrated form, but our sun is not as intense as it is in your neck of the woods.

    • ruth anne

      guess we both fell for the cover of burpees (:

      i called the company and the corn needs to be in a really big container…mine is just starting to germinate

  • Laura D.


    Your garden looks GREAT!!! You will LOVE gardening with some sun!

    Here’s an easy and quick recipe to use on your Cantaloupes that are being eaten.

    In a clean spray bottle mix:
    1/4 part Tabasco Sauce (from the stockpile of course!)
    1/4 part Mineral Oil
    1/2 part Water

    Shake well before each use. Spray on infected plant, repeat after a rain.

    It won’t harm your plants, can be used on all plants and will send your critters running!

    Enjoy your garden!!!

    • Cindy Livesey

      Oh I knew someone would have a good solution for me on those cantaloupe plants. Perfect! Thanks Laura. I just have to get some mineral oil now.

    • jennifer

      Can this spray be used on any type of vegetable plant??? Thnks!

      • Laura D.

        Yes, its organic. It’s safe for human consumption. It’s the #1 go to formula in our communities organic garden. I just make sure to wash all produce well before eating it. You can also use it on flowers and bushes, anything that seems to be getting eaten by a critter. They cannot stand the hot sauce taste, the mineral oil keeps it adhered to the leaves and won’t scorch the plant in full sun.

    • kabby

      Can this be used on tomatoes?? Will it help keep deer from eating them?? If not , Laura D. any quick fix solution for that?? Just picked up tabasco sauce for .19 CENTS at Shoprite…found a $1.00 peelie on a carton of eggs. Thanks.

      • Laura D.

        Hi Kabby! Yes, it can be used on tomatoes and should help with the deer not eating them. Deer are tough, but you can also tie fresh dryer sheets in and around your garden around deer height and low to the ground. Also around the perimeter of your property. You basically want to train them to not like eating plants on your property.

        Also, NOT to be used on vegetables, but can be used on other plants they are eating on your property and around the perimeter of your property, you can use “Liquid Fence”. It’s environmentally safe and bio-degradable, rain resistant and won’t harm any animals. Check around your whole property to see what else they are snacking on as they make their way to the tomatoes. This product got rid of our deer problem when they were eating all of our hosta and flowers.

        One more recipe if the tabasco sauce doesn’t quite do the trick is:

        Puree in a blender:
        2 Tablespoons of ground cayenne pepper
        2 Tablespoons of Tobasco sauce
        2 eggs
        2 cloves of garlic
        2 cups of water

        Once pureed, let the mixture sit for two days (yup, its going to be gross). Then either pour it around the plants or apply to the foliage of the plants.

        I just recently heard that shredding Irish Spring Soap and sprinkling it around the garden will help deter anything with 4 legs. But, that one I haven’t tried.

        If all fails, building a fence around your garden would be best! Best of luck with the deer!

        On a separate note, I found that peelie too! LOL!

      • Laura D.

        Also Kabby, I’m not sure what section of the country you are in. If you are in an area where a person would sunburn quicker than up here in NW NJ you can double up on the water. If you want, test it on one plant first to see how it responds. we have the garden in a valley so the intensity of the sun may or may not make a difference. I have only gardened here and not anywhere else.

        • kabby

          Thank you Laura D., Thank you for the great tips…as if you were ready my mind, the deer think I planted all of my Hostas just for them to munch on. I have ample supply of dryer sheets (able to snag a few boxes last month for free at Target) I am in Bergen County NJ and I truly believe these deer are actually Santa Claus’ reindeer… how they fly over my fence with such ease..like a human steps over a curb. Thanks again. Best of luck with your garden.

    • Meli

      Hi Laura D i was wondering if you had any solutions for chipmonks and rabbits. I live in a condo and do not have a hudge garden but i am at the end of the complex and my garden is right by the woods so i get all types of visitors.

      any help is much appreciated!!

  • Michelle T.

    Your garden looks great! So neat and organized! Everything just tastes better when it’s picked fresh from your backyard 🙂

  • karen

    OMgosh, that’s wonderful. I’ve tried a garden the last couples years, and I just can’t get it right. So this year I broke down and joined a CSA, it will be cheaper than what I spent at the farmer’s markes, so I guess that’s okay. I hope you have an abundance of stuff Cindy!!!!

  • Laurie

    Oh Cindy I am so jealous. I moved from Monmouth County to Michigan and you just can’t quite put a garden in here yet. I used to have everything growing by now too. It is so nice to go out and pick your fresh produce and EAT it of course!

  • Mel

    wow i love it!

  • Vanessa

    We had 24 corn taken out by birds and squirrels. Made me so mad we aren’t planting it this year.

  • Hi Cindy it looks awesome hadnt though of the corn for the cukes to run on great idea let us know how that works out ..New to your site and loving it thank you for all that you do …

  • Christina

    It looks great, Cindy. Enjoy!

  • Susan

    Great job! The garden looks wonderful!

  • Michelle

    Hi Cindy,
    Trying to figure out how to post pictures of mine. Check out square foot gardening on you tube for som great ideas on how to grow 80% more in 20% of the space. Trying it out this year for the first time also in southern NJ. Planted late and just harvested my 1st salad tonight for the family. About 8 different varieties of greens! yum yum Looks great

  • Aileen

    I am so jealous of your garden! I started a ton of seeds in March with my 4-year old and had hoped to have a big garden area situated by now. But that never happened so I have poor little seedlings still! Maybe I can get them into pots this holiday weekend. Now that you have your garden, you should try a few chickens! Fresh eggs are absolutely the best!

    Thank you for all you do Cindy. My bank account and pantry are much fuller because of you.

    Thanks for all the critter recipes too! I can’t wait to try them!

  • Colleen

    I see Cindy’s Fruit & Veggie Stand in the near future 🙂

    • Cindy Livesey


  • Candice Gonzales

    This looks awesome! I have to say I’m kinda jealous; we could probably only fit half of that in our backyard, LOL. Can’t wait to see the update 🙂