We have a small planter near our front porch, and I’ve always been a bigger fan of veggie gardens over flower gardens. Yes, flowers are beautiful, but they’re the same amount of work without the “payoff” of fresh produce. I might come around next year and do flowers in the planter instead, but I don’t know. We’ll have to see.


So, because I favor veggies, I put carrots in the planter. my thinking was that it’s deep enough to get decent sized carrots, and carrots don’t flower like other veggies (since they’re a root vegetable), so they wouldn’t attract bees to the door – yet another reason to put something besides flowers there. I started the carrots from seeds a couple months ago, and it’s been exciting to watch the tops get bigger and bigger.


Because of their root nature, we’ve all been horribly curious how the carrots have been doing. Hubs even pulled a couple up a month or so ago – they were very spindly and not at all carrot-like, so he carefully replanted them. I decided to take a chance a couple days ago, and guess what?!


A real carrot!! A small one, but a true carrot nonetheless. Our tomato plants have really started thriving recently as well. And we’ve already used our own lettuce on sandwiches and burgers. It’s very exciting :).

So maybe, just maybe, we’ll end up with a good harvest of fresh veggies this summer after all.


P.S. Did you notice my new header? 🙂


  1. YES! I did notice your new header! It looks great. It is SO fun to watch things grow! We don’t have much of a garden this year, we were too busy with baby stuff. But last year we got carrots, lettuce, peppers, and squash. We had pumpkin a few years ago and holy cow does it grow and flower ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!! Great to see a pic of you!

    • Yeah, you totally have an excuse not to have had a garden this year! And a beautiful one at that :). The boys love checking the plants each day. Our tomatoes are starting to outgrow their cages – hopefully that means there will be enough fruit to eat fresh as desired AND can :). The lettuce is doing really well, too. The zucchini is getting there. We talked about pumpkins – I’m glad we didn’t plant any based on your comment!

      Thank you for the nice comments on the header :). I like my picture the least of all of them – it’s the only one that doesn’t look professional (hubby’s was professionally done for a book he illustrated and even though the kids’ were done using our $80 camera, the light was perfect and they look amazing) – but it’s the only current picture of me that I don’t hate.

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