Garden Things That Make Me Smile

We’ve been working hard on our garden plot this Summer, and it has been well-worth it! Here are some things from the garden that make me smile!!

My little helper doing her share of weeding — and offering to do it on her own!

Roma tomatoes waiting for just the right moment to ripen — I have big plans for these!!

Posing for silly photos — pretending to be Vanna White showing off the potatoes!!

Cucumbers that like to play hide ‘n seek!!

Beautiful heads of broccoli — Emily is very excited for these!!

Catching caterpillars on the carrots, raising them in a terrarium at home, and watching them turn into beautiful Black Swallowtail butterflies!! Magical!!!

And Emily’s first ever Lemonade stand!!!

Summertime bliss!!

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  1. Emily’s dress is so pretty! And your garden looks stunning – all that hard work is paying off!

    • Valerie says:

      Thanks, Maryanne! That little sundress is one of Emily’s favorites. I always love spending time at the garden — and the girls do too! :-)

  2. We found an itty bitty little green cherry tomato yesterday. I wonder who will be the first to get it?!?!?

    • Valerie says:

      Exciting!!! We didn’t plant any cherry tomatoes this year — I’m starting to regret that decision because they are always the first to ripen & I get too impatient. đŸ˜‰

  3. Your garden looks wonderful! It’s so much fun when the kids take an interest and help too.

  4. Dear Valerie,

    I am quite certain that the cucumber plant is going to strangle one of our tomato plants. I’ve had to separate the two of them a few times already this season!


  5. Very cute — I love the lemonade stand…. makes me want to have some. Great colors. I was going to attempt a garden this year – but we had a wet, cold spring and I didn’t find the time to get out there. But there is always next year.

  6. Y’all EVEN grow butterflies- AMAZING!

  7. Can you make my garden grow like that? It certainly doesn’t seem to. It does grow weeds quite well.

  8. I’m anxiously awaiting my first tomatoes! I can’t wait!!

  9. Everything looks wonderful Valerie. You make a wonderful Vanna White :) I also love Emily’s lemonade stand. Oh by the way, what do you use to “hatch” the caterpillars??? My daughter would absolutely love that.

  10. Everything looks so great. Our veggies & herbs are tiny because we started late this year. We’ve had a lot of rain & cool weather here.

  11. Hey Valerie,
    I love your blog- frugal family fun. i am your newest follower. Your blog is just awesome for families.. especially in this economy. And I totally want to have a garden like yours when I get married and live with my husband (but for now he’s my fiance)
    My fiance and I just started a blog called ZooZooReview at:
    We love going to zoos because they are affordable family fun. We can’t wait to have kids so that we can take them to the zoo! Because although, there are a lot of cool animals, kids are amazed more than any adult! :)

  12. Your garden looks awesome, and I loved the last picture. So impressed with all the veggies you grew already!

  13. Wow, your garden looks amazing! Have a great time enjoying the fruits of your labor!


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