A Walking Tour Around My Vegetable Garden.

Tour my 40′ x 40′ community garden plot.  No primping, propping, styling or fussing.  This is my garden on a typical day.  A few weeds thrown on the ground, dirty buckets and a chair that never gets sat in. 

Looking back at my vegetable garden post from last week I realized you really have no idea what it’s like in my garden.  You know what certain areas look like and how my hoop houses work, but I don’t feel like the pictures let you know how it feels to be in my garden.

For instance one of the feelings is itchy.  More on  that later.

In the summer this garden is a huge part of my life.  I go there almost every day to check on things, water and just wander around.  Which sounds especially relaxing and romantic. I don’t want to give you the wrong idea about vegetable gardening. It’s not all straw hats and wicker vegetable baskets.

For the first month of the season I spend all of my days off up there planting things and hauling dirt for 8 hours at a time.  I’ve come home on more than one occasion to discover something with legs in my hair.  It’s dirty and hot and sweaty and you get mosquito bites on your secret bits from weeding in shorts.

In July things are under control. They’re a Pinterest picture.

Then for August, September and October it’s back to hauling dirt, bugs in your hair, harvesting, canning and coping.  I realize that still sounds kind of relaxing and romantic so I need you to imagine a kitchen filled with hundreds of canning jars, bushels of tomatoes rotting in the corner because you aren’t done canning the chili sauce yet and a plot of fresh, sweet corn – half of which has been eaten by raccoons and the other half teaming with corn worms.

None of which you care about because your potatoes need to be dug up, your zucchini has mildew and 14 baskets of cucumbers are going to liquify in your crisper if you don’t pickle them soon.  Also, you haven’t washed your hair in 14 days and someone at the grocery store pointed out an earwig on your collar.  So there’s that.

I just felt a responsibility to all the vegetable gardeners out there to clarify what vegetable gardening really is before showing you this walking tour of my garden lest you think it’s all cedar mulch and songbirds.

Feeling a bit like you wish you’d planted a garden this year?  Not to worry.  You can still get lettuce, spinach, peas and radishes in.  There may also be time for small carrots and beets.  Get ’em in the ground and see what happens!  That’s right.  You still have time.

Don’t forget some bug spray for your hair and some long pants for your special spots.

Have a good weekend!


  1. What a delightful video! I enjoyed seeing all the various ways you plant and trellis. I’m still trying to figure out the critters on my land so I can maintain some sense of what I can grow. I’m enjoying your blog. Thank you, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laurie. You’re welcome! I still haven’t figured everything out so be prepared for a lifetime of figuring it out, lol. ~ karen!

  2. Benjamin says:

    No biodegradable glitter to add that fabulous temporary sparkle ???

  3. Agnes says:

    Thank you. Just – thank you. For this and for all the other real, practical, interesting, useful, well written and funny posts that I have learned from since finding you.

  4. Linda in Illinois says:

    As always Karen, your garden is fabulous. And so are you

  5. Lauren Burke says:

    That was the most relaxing thing I’ve done all day, your garden is beautiful. I moved this spring so I didn’t get to put in a garden until it was too late, and I’m seriously missing all the planting, dirt hauling, weeding, pruning, etc. But the thing I miss most this year about not having a big vegetable garden is the just being in the vegetable garden. Thanks for sharing yours!

  6. Ramona says:

    So wonderful!!!! Thank you🌿🌿🌿🌿🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅 Did you ever write a post about your irrigation system? The info could change my world 🌎

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