The Little Garden in the North Woods

Hello friends!

It’s been a long winter/spring/start to summer — I have hardly had a moment to play at blogging since I went back to school in October.

law book
they called the class “criminal procedure” ~ really it is Constitutional law to keep me awake nights reading ๐Ÿ™‚

The terms are 8 weeks long, with no break in between save at Christmas and late August. Finally the school heard the students crying for relief; beginning the end of August we will have a week’s break after every term. At last!

Here is where I am working these days… wouldn’t you like to come visit!!? ๐Ÿ™‚

view from work
view from my ‘office’ window ~ beautiful caribbean-colored grand traverse bay ๐Ÿ™‚

And here are some photos from summertime in the north woods.
Dear G built the ‘little’ garden for me — a giant raised bed — and the plants are growing huge. Now if only we would see a little fruit!

little garden in the north woods
view of the new little garden from the dining room window ~ pure green joy!

tomatoes and ichiban eggplant in the little garden
heirloom tomato plants and ichiban eggplant grow large in the little garden ~ waiting for the heat to bring the fruit

little garden in the north woods
the little garden grows corn and various squashes…

korean squash vines
hoping for some korean gray squash

three sisters garden
a ‘three sisters’ garden ~ plant corn, plant beans to grow up the cornstalks, plant squash to keep the weeds down ~ but the squash are taking over!

buttercup blossom
a buttercup squash blossom with baby squash ~ we need bees to pollinate and there is hardly a bee to be found

indian gourds vining out
snake and ash gourds are vining out…

hopeful beefsteak tomatoes
hopeful “beefsteak tomatoes” of an unknown heirloom variety

black prince tomatoes
black prince tomato plants grown from seed ~ they are flowering now

amish paste tomatoes
the big garden is full to bursting with plants ~ here are amish paste tomatoes and carrots

amish paste tomatoes
amish paste tomatoes coming on ~ we were picking these in October last year

sweet 100 cherry tomatoes
sweet 100 cherry tomatoes are reliable

pepper plantation
Dear G’s favorite ~ the pepper plantation with about 10 varieties! already picking banana peppers here ๐Ÿ™‚

serrano peppers in the pepper plantation
yummy serrano peppers ~ my fav!

korean radish growing
korean radishes are starting to heave out of the ground ~ time to make kimchi soon

garden table by dear g
the awesome garden table complete with a sink ~ dear G built it so we can wash veggies outdoors!

first korean radish
and the first korean radish ~ ready for a bath

cherries in the yard
we got a few cherries from the trees in the yard before the birds claimed them…

bird pond
the bird pond with teepee of brush for the bathers to hide in ~ that huge pile in back is just part of the wood dear G has already split for winter warmth

philadelphia vireo
a philadelphia vireo waits to snatch a drink from the pond

male redstart at the pond
dear G got this great shot of the male redstart at the bird pond ~ he’s the orange and black fellow on the right ๐Ÿ™‚

And last but not least, the kitties ๐Ÿ™‚

lemur the dreamer
lemur the dreamer is the outdoor kitty in summer

his name is gibby (like gibbous moon) but I like to call him gibbily francis ๐Ÿ™‚

pinks snoozing and daisy snuggling ~ view to the front yard behind

All is cozy in the north woods. How does your garden grow?



  1. Nupur said

    Linda- you are a busy lady with this gardening and going to school! I’m very impressed with your (and G’s) green thumbs. Those peppers- are you making pickled peppers ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The garden seems to grow in spite of me, Nupur ๐Ÿ˜‰ As for the peppers — I hope to dry some if they ripen in time. It’s fun to pick a serrano fresh off the vine for a curry, too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad to see you — thanks for stopping!

  2. Love the garden shots. And the cats ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hi Marc-Andre — you have some adorable kitties yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Linda, have missed seeing you around. But will give you time till you finish your studies!!

    Garden is beautiful and the place you work looks like vacation to me ๐Ÿ™‚
    And the kitchen table complete with sink – I want one like that.

    Hello, dear ISG! I miss being around. Come up to visit anytime — seriously — I would love it!! I need to learn to balance my time some — all work and no play makes boring, sad Linda ๐Ÿ˜‰ So happy to see you here!

  4. Anita said

    Lots growing in the garden!

    School is demanding – nourish yourself with good food!

    Anita, hi! how did I miss this — thanks for stopping. Doing the best I can on school and foodie fronts ๐Ÿ˜‰ All the best!

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