I’ve been adding beds and plants piecemeal ever since I moved in 3 years ago. Believe it or not, when I bought it, there were only 3 lonely plants in the whole backyard; an evergreen, crepe myrtle and magnolia (none of the above). The whole two long beds pictured above and all the plants in them have been added. And this year, the cucumbers, squash and peas have gone crazy. I’ve allowed them to grow up my plants, bushes, trellis, fence and even window. I didn’t realize how well they climb. 🙂
Do any of you serious gardeners know if they will hurt the bushes? They seem to be overwhelming a couple of my bushes.
And do any of you recognize what kind of caterpillars these are? They are very small and light brown. I’m inclined to leave them, unless they are a very destructive variety.
Thankfully, with the cooler weather and rain, my garden is producing this year. I’m harvesting cucumbers and peas, with a couple of watermelons on the way. The watermelons are my first ever attempt. So far so good.
Here are some of the fruits of my casual gardening. To my serious gardener friends and readers, please don’t mock. I was ready to give up vegetables completely. I’ve already started to transition my garden to have more flowers, bushes and other perennial plants.
I get so much joy from flowers, combined with poor results for the vegetables the last two years, that I realized I wasn’t enjoying the process. So I started adding bushes and flowers in my vegetable gardens. To a dedicated gardener, the challenge might be motivation. For me, it was a sign to plant what I love. So now I’m growing flowers, bushes and decorations! The decorations are fun and require no maintenance. 🙂
Wishing you a good season of growing.