Calling All People I’ve Inspired to Start a Vegetable Garden.

Do you actually do stuff?  I think you do.  In fact I think Art of Doing Stuff readers are one of the few lifestyle blog audiences that often do stuff.

As a blogger I do stuff, take pictures of it, write about it and then throw it out there into the world.  Sometimes my goal is to show you how smart and great I am so you’ll compliment me and I’ll develop a strong sense of self worth that will last me until my next massive failure.  But usually the goal is to show you if I can do it (I’m have zero formal training in anything)  then you can do it.

If I can do it you can do it. Remember that.

Usually the only difference between someone who can do something and someone who can’t, is the first person has actually tried.  This doesn’t hold true for anything that includes electricity or plutonium, but most everything else I think.

The dirty secret of DIY and lifestyle blogging (other than the fact that we all secretly eat Zoodles for dinner) is that most readers never do any of the projects we show them.  They like to see them and imagine that one day they will do them, but usually don’t.

I think you’re different.

It’s probably my ego (which you’ve built up quite nicely, thank you very much) but I feel like The Art of Doing Stuff readers actually … do stuff.  I’m amazed at how many people have done one of my biggest, most difficult projects to date, the Cob Pizza Oven.

In the past week I’ve had quite a few people tell me they finally started a vegetable garden after reading my blog.  Everything from a few pots on their balcony to big-ass gardens with hoop houses and everything.

I cannot tell you how much I love hearing that.  For one thing because it means my berating actually works and two because a vegetable garden does more than feed your gut, it feeds your soul. Yes. Yes I did. I went there.  Straight into Hallmark territory.

So instead of stroking my ego today (although it will be an indirect sort of stroke) if you started a vegetable garden in the past few years because of The Art of Doing Stuff I’d like you to let me know.  Or maybe you’ve expanded your garden or added in some different varieties because you saw them here on my blog.  Maybe you adapted a new technique like string training or hinged hoop houses.

I’m just curious. Also I feel like if YOU say you did it, then you’ll inspire other people.  Those readers who have thought about starting a vegetable garden but need that last push from someone other than an insane gardener like myself.

AND I’d also like you to include a picture of it. Don’t worry. I won’t judge the weeds.  Weeds are pretty much impossible to keep up with at this time of year.  So are zucchini.

This weekend I’ll be weeding my garden, deciding whether or not to pick the cabbages to make cabbage rolls for the winter and making some roasted tomato sauce for the winter as well.  I will not on the other hand be doing anything with plutonium.

Have a good weekend and get those pictures uploaded.

Those Zoodles by the way?  Straight outta the can.

 

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168 Comments

  1. Alyssa says:

    You have totally inspired me! I will upload a picture today of my garden, but I wanted to share that you have also inspired me to fix my washing machine and my fridge- I didnt even have the same issues you had, but I realized i was fully capable of diagnosing and fixing both of the problems myself! So thank you for what you do!

    I even painted my interior of my home white based on your recommendations. But I can guarantee you I will never ever landscape my backyard. 😂

    • Karen says:

      Ha! I’d never do it again so we’re even. 🙂 Glad to have inspired you to realize you can do stuff. Most stuff! It ain’t that hard. Any of it. ~ karen!

  2. Tina says:

    I’d like to add that one take away (for me) is your fabulous community!

    I don’t garden, I never have (except the one time I dropped a single pumpkin seed under my back steps and in the spring, it started growing. By summer it had taken over the back steps, the back deck and crawled up the back door. But I can’t call that gardening, it was really just being messy) until I started reading your blog.

    Last year I picked apart a raspberry and planted seeds. Those seeds grew into 2 little seedlings. Those 2 little seedlings outgrew one of my new raised gardens and produced 3 1/2 gallons of frozen raspberries this year!

    And my DIL gave me a tomato plant. Today I made a gallon of marinara sauce to enjoy this winter.

    I was able to do this because every time I had a stupid, first-time-gardener question, you and your community answered it without making me feel like a moron. I owe my raspberries and marinara sauce to all of you!

  3. Ryn says:

    While I’ve had a garden for a while now you’ve inspired me to create it to be a place I want to spend time in. I built a new fence, and laid new plaths this season because I was jealous of how your garden looked!

  4. Tracy says:

    Hi Karen,
    I didn’t start a vege garden because of you, but I love seeing what you’re growing. We finally got some land and I put in a mini orchard and a, mostly, fruit garden. I’m expanding and more veges will go in next year. In the meantime, I have a shitload of fruit. I can’t find a picture of my garden, but here are my raspberries. Thank God they finally got ripe.

    • Karen says:

      There’s no raspberry picture. 🙁 And I’m losing apples day by day to some critter! Every morning I wake up and there’s another one that’s been eaten on the ground. Wahhhhhh! ~ karen

  5. Nicole says:

    This year, I once again had the best intentions, but did not start a garden. And it’s probably karma that I’ve got the Zoodles jingle stuck in my head now. And they don’t even sell them here in Boston (in fact “Zoodles” in the States refers to zucchini noodles, which are not at all the same level of awesome as zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoodles!). Have you ever gone hunting
    with a bowl and spoon?

  6. Shelagh says:

    Yes, my piddly little garden was mostly inspired by you! I say mostly because my husband’s parents had a huge garden both vegetables and flowers ( they sold the gladiolus to the florist in town ) and my parents had a veg garden too but my husband and I spent most of the time hating the weeding part…teenagers gripe about everything!

    Anyway, I finally missed the flavour of real tomatoes straight from the vine, sliced on fresh bread slathered with cold butter salted and maybe paired with a good sharp cheddar…an orgasm in my mouth!

    So seeing as we live on rock my very good husband built 4 raised vegetables beds each about 4 x 8 feet… I scrounged the cedar from folks tearing out their decks and went and picked up the wood rather than have it thrown in a dump somewhere.

    I’m pretty much a lazy gardener so I planted tomatoes, zucchinis, onions and herbs….stuff that would pretty much grow no matter what I did.

    Yup, can’t keep up with the zucchinis, but have to race to pick the tomatoes before the chipmunk gets them and have eaten most of the herbs fresh so far. Onions will have to wait for a bit.

    But why are you asking just about the garden? I’ve done tons of your other DIY stuff…maybe not the cob oven yet….but it’s on my list!

    Long story short, yeah I know, too late….you rock and you inspire…because when you explain it…it really isn’t that hard…any of it!

    • Karen says:

      It really isn’t. 🙂 I was just curious about the gardens because it’s the season and so many people have mentioned it to me lately. I sometimes forget (and am in awe of the fact) that there are people who are inspired to or given the confidence to try something because of this blog and all of it’s commenters. ~ karen! ps I currently have 472 zucchinis in my fridge. Or something like that.

      • Shelagh says:

        472 Zucchinis, huh? How many jars of pickled zucchini does that translate into?
        Do you have a favourite recipe? I’ve never tried pickling zucchini before so I’m open to suggestions…but there’s no way I’m going to eat them all before they go off!

        • Karen says:

          Well, today I ended up freezing 5 zucchinis. I turned 1 into noodles, sliced a couple and diced a couple. Then blanched for 1 minute, drained and blotted with a paper towel then froze. 🙂 So that takes care of a few of them, lol. ~ karen!

        • Shelagh says:

          I have 2 full sized freezers for chickens and pork, I have a girlfriend who raises them ethically and organically….I don’t have room for frozen zucchinis so pickiling will have to be my storage plan!
          Not having done it before I will try several recipes. I will let you know which ones turn out the best!

  7. Alberta Karen says:

    We tried the string method for tomatoes this year. It did not work for us. Probably because we left for a 10 day camping trip! We thought the plants would continue to twine up the string, and they did not. So DH reverted to his previous method of building frames around the plants. On an aside, I made your Bourbon Maple BBQ sauce, we entered a local contest for smoked ribs, “Porkin’ in the North”, and are the proud champions for 2018. I am sure the sauce played a major part of the win!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. So now it’s an award winning BBQ Sauce! Previously it was just the award losing sauce. Fun! And yes, every week or so you have to twine the tomato plant around the string. Cucumbers need a tiny bit of help, but not much and beans will just twine themselves around the string. ~ karen!

  8. Gayle m says:

    After digging and moving 560 cubic feet and leveling of quack grass infested soil to create the garden of our dreams–at ages 67 and 68.

    • Gayle M says:

      No photos of tiers two and three–12 beds total, 4×4 ft x 8in deep, no way other than wheel barrow to get the soil out and new soil/mulch into the garden areas. A labor of love, for sure. Thank you for inspiring so many of us!

    • Gayle M says:

      No pics, but tiers two and threeccompleted in time to plant this year. Labor of love. You inspire!

    • Karen says:

      It looks so good! And look at all your tumbling composters! That’s the way to do it. Tumbling, PLUS you have 4 of t hem, which you need. One small tumbling composter isn’t enough but 4 is great! ~ karen

  9. Gayle M says:

    Stage one, before digging and moving 560 cubic feet of quack grass infested soil.

  10. MrsChrisSA says:

    I have always had a veggie garden.
    A few years ago I did the pallet planting thing. It works a treat for keeping things neat but the wood eventually goes rotten (we did also have an ant and termite invasion and had to get the proffessionals in to take care of that!).

    This last year I need to confess that I did not plant a single thing in my garden. Nada!
    I have been looking at it and realised that I need to change it – I want to build boxes and plant everything in boxes and pots. Now I am sure you had a blog about building garden boxes……………………….

    Will post once all is done and my garden is ready for planting!!

  11. Jody says:

    I’ve had a small community plot for 3 years now. I really enjoy planning it, buying the seeds from William Dam seeds, starting some of them at home, and watching them grow in the garden. I always try something a little on the weird side. This year I’m purposefully growing amaranth for the flowers not the grain.

  12. Debra Lancaster says:

    I would say you inspired me to keep my garden! I’m second year into being a member of my community garden and always feel like giving up this time of year. It’s hot. It’s humid. And there are weird bugs on my green beans. I grew more things from seeds this year thanks, in large part, to you. Growing kale can make me feel like a super hero. Thank you. From NJ with Love!

    • Karen says:

      Weird bugs on your green beans?? I wonder what they are. My green bean plants got eaten to the ground when they were seedlings so I’m hoping after my second planting to get at least a few green beans even if it’s just so I can save the seeds. Now I’m worried about a weird bug appearing, lol. ~ karen!

      • Sabina says:

        Captain Jack’s Deadbug by Bonide will take care of those “weird bugs”. I had them too. They were devouring my bean and pepper plants – all of them! I stopped at my local nursery armed with pictures on my phone and she set me on the right path. I love Bonide products because they’re not harmful to pets and humans and rated for organic gardening. My beans and jalapenos rebounded and rewarded me profusely. The other three varieties of peppers not so much but I don’t think it was the bugs but rather poor placement – too much stuff in too little space.

  13. Elissa Rioux says:

    I was recently informed that I was given a 10×4 raised bed in our community garden in Florida. I’m very excited to have an opportunity to grow my own veges. I’ll be referring back to many of the stories you posted. Thanks Karen, you have been very inspirational and extremely entertaining! 😘

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Elissa! After reading my posts about the fact that gardening is also work, not just wandering around with an armful of produce you should be fully prepared to take over that 10 x 4 bed. You can grow a LOT in 10 x 4 feet. ~ karen!

  14. Elissa Rioux says:

    I just found out that I’ve been offered a 10 x 4 raised bed in our community garden in Florida. I’m very excited to be growing my own organic veggies.
    I’ll be referring back to many of the stories you have written about your garden. Thanks Karen, you have been very inspirational and entertaining! 😘

  15. Jenny W says:

    You, my dear fellow Canadian, inspire so many of us, in so many ways 🙂
    Because of you I was inspired to find, and change my decorating style.
    Because of you I reimagined my backyard, and put in a pond all by myself thankyouverymuch!
    Because of you I picked up my first power tool and installed moulding and character throughout my entire house
    Recipes, yup – your caesar salad dressing is the best!
    Seasonal crafts, yes those too, ALL of them 🙂
    Gardening? I’v dug and planted flower gardens, throughout my tiny property, but no vegetables due to a shady locale, but I do buy fresh from my local farmers market.
    So Thank You Karen, because of you We Do Stuff!! 🙂

  16. Marie Anne says:

    I’ve always had a garden, it’s just how my family rolls, this year is only a few herbs since we’re building a house and we were supposed to move. But… My hubby stayed string training the tomatoes after I showed him your post about it. I’m pretty sure I found your blog a bazillion years ago when I was looking to find out how to switch my fridge door to open the other way. Raised garden beds are on next year’s list.
    I know I’ve used your info countless times, just weird I can’t think of more right now!

  17. Suzanne Reith says:

    You inspired this failing, post polio 71 year old decrepit body, to have just one more year of gardening joy. Down to two weed infested tomato plants. Have eaten six fruits of heaven. May the gods bless you.

  18. lisamc says:

    Karen–you have inspired me to OWN my quirkiness! I no longer feel alone in my desire to grow odd things just because I want to see if I can (loofah, cucuzza, toothache flower), build it myself because “you want HOW much to build it for me!?!” (freaking chicken run), buy silly things like proving cloths when my sister buys shoes (although I did buy chicken print slogger boot which my husband calls my “special” boots but I totally needed them), build then tear apart then rebuild an assortment of indoor/outdoor contraptions (can anyone say fly trap? woodless hinged hoop tunnel? ). But most importantly, (yes, not so gentle reader, I started the sentence with “but”–look it up before you correct me the way so many of you feel the need to obsessively point out Karen’s typos…I digress) to embrace the glowing/sweating and cussing/swearing that accompany all worthwhile endeavors. Can someone say chicken coop ….or child birth?
    It isn’t always the specific things you have us do–but the wonderfully irreverent way in which you inspire us to do them and the belief that we can.
    Pax

  19. Katherine says:

    Hello Karen.
    I’m new to your blog. You have become my 4 am bright spot in the day before work. My son is helping me with a back yard redo. Winter garden only this season.

  20. Robyn says:

    I remember helping my mom water her vegetable garden in our postage stamp backyard in downtown Toronto. Great things can come out of little spaces. Thanks for the inspiration to finally start my own garden!

  21. Michael says:

    I’m *fairly* sure I found you when poking around about self leveling concrete. How could I pass up something with the tag line of If you like to sweat, swear, and do stuff. That had been my life since buying the house. 🙂

    This years veggie take away has been the string training for tomatoes. I have used everything in the past, this year I threw the cages in the dump and built these A framed things from a magazine. I am sure they would be great if it was just the tomatoes I was going to eat during the summer… not so much when the wife thinks she is going to put Ragu out of business and buys 20 San Marzano plants.

    So, next year I will have a tomato gallows and all those little buggers strung up to it.
    Now, if I can just get the corn to not blow over we should be good.

    • Karen says:

      That reminds me that I should support my corn this weekend. AND get my electric fence around it. Stupid raccoons. ~ karen!

  22. Sabina says:

    String-training tomatoes! I have never had great luck with any variety except cherry tomatoes and being Sicilian I considered myself a failure to my heritage, lol. We built this fenced-in raised garden this year and it’s awesome. My tomatoes are over 8’ tall and full of big fat juicy tomatoes, brandywines, San marzano. The cucumbers are crazy too!

    I’m still working on the BF to build the pizza oven and today I’m off to buy a Wagner paint sprayer…cuz I do stuff!

  23. Sara says:

    I love reading your blog posts. I always look to previous posts for garden/chicken wisdom. I was shying away from growing (I have tons of vegetables) flowers however your success with dahlias inspired me. I tried a small patch this year and they are huge and beautiful! I also use “bugs for bugs” to keep the flys down in my coop. Thank you!

    • Karen says:

      Wow! Your dahlias are doing better than mine! I ran into a dahlia expert the other day in front of my house and he said dahlias do some crazy soil depleting and need to be moved every year or they’ll get shorter and shorter. Which is interesting. So … thought I’d let you know that. I just put down some wasps last night! ~ karen

  24. Annie says:

    I did garden before I found you but you continue to inspire me! I love your writing and sense of humor. I am including a few photos of my garden. I did the bricks myself and my husband and I did the raised bed frame. He also made the trellis for my pole beans from cattle fence panels. they make picking beans so much easier. Thanks for your great and inspiring column. Annie

    • Karen says:

      Look how beautiful! I love brick pathways in gardens! (there’s no WAY I’m doing that up at my community garden but I absolutely LOVE it) ~ karen!

  25. Rox says:

    Hi Karen,

    Well I was gardening before I found your post but it certainly feels good to hear that each year new challenges come about when gardening. I live in Northern Ontario and this year we have had very little rain and extreme heat. The exact opposite of last year. I watered my raised garden bed religiously however this year I have had yellow cucumbers and my squashes have had end rot. I think the problem is inconsistent water amounts. That’s the only thing I can figure out. Do you have any other suggestions? I think I may consider a drip irrigation system for next summer. My challenge is that my raised garden are spread out over my “camp” property. Yes, it’s a camp in Northern Ontario not a cottage.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rox! If you contact the people I got my drip system from, they’ll be able to help you lay it all out. You just have to send them a picture or drawing of what your layout is. I had NO idea where to even start so I just sent them a picture asking for help. It’s Dubois Agrinovation in Quebec. As for the yellow cucumbers are you sure you aren’t watering them too much? Either that or it could be a virus. And no idea about squash end rot so I looked it up and it’s the same as tomatoes. The plant isn’t able to pull in the nutrients it needs. Amending the soil with something that helps it draw nutrients will help. Just google it. ~ karen!

  26. Katie C. says:

    You’ve definitely inspired me to do so many things. Including, starting a vegetable garden, from seeds, 3 years ago.

    The picture is what my 4 beds looked like in mid-July. Now it’s become an overgrown disaster complete with squash vine borers, cucumber beetles, and chipmunk chewed tomatoes. Next year’s task… pest control.

  27. Jen says:

    I’ve been gardening semi-seriously for years so I can’t say I started because of you. HOWEVER, I have tried some of your techniques for doing it better! Behold, my half-assed version on of your hinged hoop houses (now with no hinges!). It worked so well that I’m going full-ass this fall.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BjQLQKrAzL-/?taken-by=constantgardener70

    • Karen says:

      Yeah, that’s the way it goes. Half assed until you figure out it works, then full ass it. That’s why gardening takes years to perfect, lol. ~ karen!

  28. Kelly Wilson says:

    I haven’t started a garden, but my husband and I built patio furniture after seeing yours (and it took less than a weekend! full disclosure: we bought pre-fab cushions and only made two chairs and a two-seater sofa).

    • Karen says:

      That’s still a lot of furniture. And you saved yourself the headache of doing the corner for a sectional. Bleh. ~ karen!

  29. Joyce says:

    Yeah, I do stuff, for me and at other folks’. Yesterday people we surprised to hear that I was the one who worked on the toilet at church!
    I have a messy garden and forgot a few zucchini and shamed folks into taking them! That is my greatest gardening accomplishment this summer!
    I am so pleased that there is a community of women like me who do stuff, take stuff apart, and sometimes finish projects.
    Yay us!

    • Karen says:

      I was at a local parade last night and the hardware store was walking the route giving out discount cards. He gave them to the men all around me but not to me or any other women around me. I thought – asshole – all the women I know go into hardware and lumber stores WAY more than their husbands do. ~ karen!

      • Joyce says:

        Amen, Sister! I am the one whose husband calls her over in the hardware store to ask about joist hangers and stuff….Wasn’t until he retired that I realized how a career in government civil service did not prepare him for real life, like clogged toilets, removing hanging doors..hint , do not take off the hinges!

  30. leisa says:

    I’ve taken pictures of just some of the things you’ve inspired me to do:

    1. tomatoes that I started from seed, using your instructions. Purchased Lee Valley grow light kit.

    2. Composter, Purchased Lee Valley corner spikes to make it.

    3. Planted Dahlias for the first time this year – love love love

    4. Harvested first batch of garlic this year

    5. Built raised bed and used straw method in one. worked amazingly well!

    6. I also stack the ends of my wood pile the way you showed us.

    Thanks for everything and also, Lee Valley should be paying you because I’m there A LOT! lol

    p.s. for some reason I could inly upload one pic, but u get the idea

  31. You have inspired me. My wife found you first and told me she found the female version of me. Occasionally I respond, but mostly just read, laugh and nod in agreement. I, like you, tend to reuse things. But I’ve learned how not to make it look that was to accommodate my wife’s esthetic eye. 🙂. Thanks for your blog. Keep it up! We appreciate you.

  32. Hillary says:

    I don’t have pics because we just moved to a brand new house and are starting from scratch, but! I’m a committed string trainer, you’ve helped me solve the squash bug problem, you inspired me to get a little weirder with my decorating, I’ve learned about dough cloth and bread baking and I plan on building a cob oven in our new backyard one of these days. We do DO stuff, thankyouverymuch!
    PS, I think about your video tutorial for how to open a package of spaghetti every time I cook pasta. Thanks for the laugh.

  33. leo muzzin says:

    Since we garden across from each other in the community garden I get to see, first hand, your innovative gardening tips live and in color! The first thing I saw that I liked was the cleaver cutout on your gate, so I added all my “Robin Hood” arrows to my gate …..you know …. to customize the gate. Next I realized that all I did at the garden was plant weed, water, and harvest, so I built a space to sit, relax, and enjoy after I saw yours. (Yeah, right, who has time, but it’s there, just in case, LOL ) Then the asparagus…. if you could grow it, I should be able to as well, so I did! So thank you Karen!
    L

  34. Hi Karen. I’m not there yet but because of your blog I have been able to *sound* like I’m doing stuff! I’m working on a big project – an urban farm, sponsored by 2 churches. I have to keep everybody updated and address their fears so when the topics of irrigation and bug control came up I showed them your irrigation and your hoop houses! Here is a ‘before’ pic. Give me a few months and I’ll send actual garden pics. Keep doing stuff!

  35. Emily says:

    I also extreme DIY, we are on our third old house, and this time we built our own kitchen cabinets (Kreg jigs are awesome.) I’ve been gardening for years, this summer the project was a Williamsburg style garden, the fence was finished yesterday, the bench needs a final coat of paint. I found your blog last year when Googling tomato supports. I really appreciate all your work and honesty to give us accurate information instead of just repeating what everyone else says. I have learned (and laughed) a lot. You inspired me to add low voltage lighting to our back deck this summer. I’d had vague plans to eventually have my husband install it someday, but after reading your article and seeing your beautiful backyard at night, I bought them and installed them before he even knew what I was planning.

    • Karen says:

      I do kind of pride myself on figuring out and demystifying stuff. I know when I read instructions how to do things information I want is missing and weird information I don’t need is often included, lol. And I absolutelyl love, love, love that garden fence!! ~ karen

  36. Bruce Cisco says:

    I love your wit and diverse interests.

    We’ve enjoyed a small garden for several years but decided to enlarge it after reading your blog.

    I just sanded and cleared my wife’s headlights too.

    • Karen says:

      Love the roofing sides. How did the headlights turn out??? ~ karen!

      • Bruce Cisco says:

        They look great…. i use to paint cars at a Buick Dealership many years ago, so i knew of the process. It wasn’t until i read your blog about such that i said to myself, “goofball fix your wife’s headlights”.

        Once again, you motivated me.

        I’m not sure I added both before and after pics.

  37. Jenny says:

    Hm, I think the only DIY project I’ve done from your site are the frozen yogurt tampons…

    lol jk I have also been very inspired by your Halloween decor and it’s helped me come up with new stuff for our house!

    • Karen says:

      It’s already time to start looking for good Halloween decorations! Try flea markets and antique stores. Those are the BEST places to get stuff. Way better than Michaels or Homesense (Homegoods). Although they have fun stuff too. ~ karen!

  38. John says:

    Loofah and chickens. That’s what I learned from here, though in New Orleans, I honestly might have too much luck with loofah – the weight of the fruit broke the fence posts that held the netting to keep the chickens out!

    • Karen says:

      That’s a great picture! Sorry about the luffas, lol! I don’t even think I’m going to get one this year. 🙁 They waited too long to “take off”. ~ karen!

  39. Katherine says:

    Hello Karen.
    I live in Vamcouver,WA. We start winter gardens in late September. Lots of gardeners can plant twice in a season. Peas in mid Febuary and on and on. BTW I always choose chips.

  40. Annie Bostwick says:

    Because of you, dear Karen, I have BIG plans for next year’s garden; I am raising monarchs and black swallowtails; and I now know that my wild, out of control flower gardens are akin to English cottage gardens, which makes me feel loads better about my far from tidy approach to landscaping!

  41. Lynn says:

    Can not say you inspired me to Garden as I have been doing it for many moons, but you have inspired me to try new Vegetables in my garden. Heirloom tomato,s Squash , rainbow carrots and different kinds of zucchini.
    My garden has never been what my husband calls a lazy garden…. as I have a habit of changing it …. ie location, raised beds. So I was surprised 2 years ago when he came home with a 6x 8 greenhouse. Finally I can grow Peppers hère out side Edmonton yeah! Before they only produced to the size of plums then the weather would go squirrelly on me.
    We learned how to clean our headlights effectively because of you and your Wet Swifter tutorial was amazing and to many other things to mention. Oh an your recipes are fantastic.

  42. Megan Geiger says:

    I was inspired by your Dahlia post and went and planted a whole bunch of dahlias thinking I would FINALLY have something pretty for the bank patrons to see (I live next to a few banks). I was rooting for them and then the weeds took over and got the best of the situation (I got poison sumac for a couple months making me an indoor gardener) so the bank patrons can deal with looking at the weeds for another year.

  43. Because of you, I bought the paint sprayer (Wagner Flexio 890) and cranked out the backyard fence in an hour! Up next, the exterior of the house.

  44. Brenda says:

    Last week after all the heavy rains, I had sweet potato foilage attacking everyone who passed by my allotment fence in the pathway because of you and your post about how to grow sweet potatoes – yaHoOooo – I had to wind it all back into the wire fence so it would grow inside not outside the fence. I sure hope I have more than those same 2 potatoes when I dig them up this year. If not – at least it’s impressed some people that I am growing them again. Here’s a shot of my last garden catch and my feet.

  45. Brenda says:

    ohh … and you might have also inspired me to put lots of sticks in the ground and use string – haha!

  46. Jenny Durling says:

    I can’t give you credit for my gardening as I’ve been doing that for years. Almost two years ago we moved to the central coast of CA and now have some acreage. I’ve got 12 raised beds (gophers make it hard to plant directly into the ground and actually have anything to harvest!) and a greenhouse. What I CAN give you credit for is my compost. LOL! I have had a composter for a few years but it was such a pain to turn that I was too lazy to do it and got very little compost in the end. I have to admit I didn’t MAKE the compost turner in your DIY post, I took the lazy way and bought one. I can’t thank you enough for bring that sucker to my attention! Now I can turn my compost daily and it’s always in the hot zone on my thermometer!! No doubt you indirectly influenced the success of my garden this year and for the future 🙂

  47. Ev Wilcox says:

    My garden is a vey raised (18″) 3 ft by 8 ft. I love my garden-her name is “Mini”. I hope to con, I mean sweetly ask, my son to build a 2 ft by 8 ft next spring, so I can move the tomatoes and PLANT MORE STUFF! Love my Mini! And you are most definitely the inspiration for it Karen. Thank you, and also thanks for giving me a push do do my own minor repairs. Ev

  48. Brenda says:

    and grow garlic properly (you know where you cut off the scapes and use them and pull up the cloves at the right time of year and cure them … and replant them going the right side up instead of down in the Fall, etc) instead of having to listen to other gardeners telling me I was doing it all wrong and not saying what the right way was … and to wear dark toenail polish in the summer to hide the soil under our nails (that was you right … might have been me reading your hand signals)

  49. Nicole Graham says:

    I’ve been gardening a long time and am constantly learning so your blog has been a big help! Thanks to you, I now have more luffas than I know what to do with – we shower using luffas, we wash dishes using luffas, we clean the bathroom using luffas – it’s neverending!

    By far the best thing I’ve learned from your blog, though, is string-training tomatoes. This method makes me far less crazy than any other I’ve tried – I can actually see the tomatoes to harvest them! Also, my partner can move around them without feeling like he’s entered a jungle so I now have another person working on growing tomatoes which is a very good thing indeed.

    Now that I’ve told you what I’ve learned from you . . . when are you going to get a couple of lovely little goats for your backyard??? Just think of the ice cream you could make. 🙂

  50. Brenda says:

    … and how to cure and harvest garlic properly – another foot shot (cz ya we wear dark polish to hide the soil under our nails – I learned that from you too – right – through hand signals)

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