mini garden v.2.0 – how’s it doing?

pretty well, actually.

this was last year’s little spot:

hey, a little haphazard maybe, but it worked. and gave us plenty every few days.


you might remember when i first planted this year’s version…

i put up a small trellis for the cucumbers to climb, and a small fence that seems to be keeping the riff-raff out (for now). some photos from this morning…

small garden

strawberries are just starting to peek out…

hot stuff hanging around…

hot peppers

first tomato…


come on little cuke, you can do it! (don’t you love the little tendrils?)

cucumber plant

and the herbs are doing very well, as always. i can barely keep up with using them. i think the neighbours might be getting some soon. though i could always do with more basil. never enough basil.

herb garden

i’ve written about things to do with too many herbs below (click each photo to read the post in a new window)…

woah oregano

using chive flowers and oregano flowers in the kitchen…

chives on the side

oregano blossoms on pizza

and about drying oregano blossoms here…

oregano blossoms

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30 Responses to mini garden v.2.0 – how’s it doing?

  1. Suzanne says:

    visiting from Tuesday Garden Party — Your garden looks so lush and has so much variety. I’m sure you’ll be harvesting in no time!

  2. debbie says:

    your tiny garden don’t look so tiny!!! its looks good also!! growing good!

  3. Corey says:

    It’s coming along so well! I love going out and snapping stuff off to chop up in the kitchen. This year I planted mixed herbs and veggies in hanging baskets. The cinnamon oregano is taking over one of them. LOL

    • imadeitso says:

      you know, i was having a conversation with someone recently about growing my own herb and veggie garden. this person was a little peeved by my endeavour, seeing it as a whole lot of work for so little gain when i could just go to the store or farmer’s market and get fresh foods there. yes, i could and do like to support local. but there’s just nothing like eating a tomato fresh off the plant while it is still warm from the sun. or needing a bit of something in a new dish you’re making, and stepping out to snip some herbs to sprinkle in.

      also, oregano is crazy like that eh? :)

  4. Love it! It’s so sweet and looks very productive too! I will have to try the little bundles of herbs and pass them on to people. I already have more cilantro than I can shake a stick at! I don’t want it getting too big.

    Happy Gardening!

  5. pam says:

    Thanks for linking up! Did you see my post yesterday about getting a bunch more basil plants?!

  6. Nancy S says:

    A very sweet garden you have. I have a lot herbs that have been growing for years and they are well established and prolific. I’ve started making teas out of them. I simmer lemon balm with a different culinary herb each time. So far I’ve tried a batch with Oregano and a batch with Thyme. Sounds weird but it actually tastes really good. Next I’m going to try it with some sage.

    I may skip the chive tea though, somehow I don’t think that will work.

  7. Lisa says:

    Well-rounded garden! And lots of progress. Hope mine eventually does as well as yours.

  8. Jenny says:

    ooh yuuumm that food looks yummy! I grew cucumbers too, and was so surprised to find out that they have spikes! My peppers didn’t do so well though, but i sure can grow a mean strawberry, and its so satisfying to grow your own food, isn’t it? Good job!!

  9. Abby says:

    Wow…your garden makes me want to expand mine. It’s so exciting to watch food grow, and plan how you’ll eat it!

  10. e l l a says:

    Looking good Ana.
    Wish I didn’t have so many of these goddamn maple leaf trees in the backyard!

  11. Your garden looks great. Lots of yummy produce will be on its way soon.

    Thanks for stopping by my site.

  12. SixBalloons says:

    Such lovely photos! I hope my garden starts producing soon. So far, just a couple of peas…

  13. I love your garden! It is not so overwhelming and provides just what you need! This is great!

  14. imadeitso says:

    thanks everyone!

    tammy, yes, it seems just the right size for us. not too much work but gives us plenty. :)

  15. ~*~Patty says:

    Yummy and gorgeous little garden you have there.
    Tendrils of every kind always thrill me too!
    Your quinoa dish made me hungry
    I have not grown vegies in many years, but always have some herbs.
    Marjoram is one I cannot live without. I did come home from the nursery this year with a mini eggplant…the name jumped out at me : Ophelia…I have been taking pics of the ‘fruit’…eggplant is such a ladies vegie!

    OK you got me waxing on about gardens ;)

  16. Jaime says:

    What a great little garden. I love the idea of cooking with your chive blossoms. Ours this year went to a batch of chive vinegar. We started small – with tomatoes and a few herbs – and it grows a little more every year!

    Lovely post. -J.

  17. WOW! might you loan me your green thumb??

  18. Sarah says:

    I love your little garden! I think we’ve finally settled on a house in Ontario, where the climate is a little more hospitable than Alberta, so we’ll be planning a little garden of our next year :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    P.S. Have *always* loved the wee cucumber curly tendrils. Precious.

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  20. Lindsay Ann says:

    This is the best garden post ever! I love the little comments. :)

    Is it easy to start a garden? I have a bit of a black thumb….

    • imadeitso says:

      i’d say it’s one part easy, one part hard. easy because it doesn’t take much space or resources to start one. i started by digging a square patch out of my lawn. that’s where the “one part hard” comes in. it can be physically laborious at times but once it’s set up, it’s really not too hard. i’d say start small, choose hardy items to start, and grow from there! (no pun intended) all parts rewarding, if you enjoy the process, learn as you go and don’t take the setbacks personally :-)

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