I am late this year getting everything planted, but as I was outside pulling weeds and readying the beds I found:

Artichokes are a family favorite – I could plant 10 of these and still not have enough to feed the family!

This plant is kind of a monster and comes back in full force every year.

I have several of these strawberry pots and LOVE them!

The first strawberries of the season – I didn’t get even 1/2 of one!  As soon as the youngest two heard me exclaim that we had strawberries, they ran outside and gobbled them up!

I plant seeds and the misshapen one was found in a small planter.

And two rogue carrots found while weeding.  I’ll cook them up tonight!

Picking fruit

We have lots and lots of oranges and lemons!!

This is most of our oranges.  We will let them set a day or two and then they should be really sweet!  Yum!

We have soooo many lemons!  These are just the ripe ones.  There are easily twice as many more left on the tree to ripen.  Lots of baking in my future!

A Pinterest pin that works!

I found a gardening pin on Pinterest a while back.  It caught my eye because the title said that if I did this I would increase my tomato output by 5X.  Of course I had to try it!

You take a 5 gallon bucket (I had one lying around) and you drill holes in the bottom and the sides near the bottom.  Then plant the bucket deep enough to cover the holes on the sides.  Since I am lazy, I made sure I only had to plant it 5″ deep.  Put compost about 1/4 of the way up in the bucket (I also added a little plain dirt on top to control smell and flies).  Then take 5 tomato plants and plant them around the outside of your bucket.  Fill the bucket with water and it filters through the compost to water the plants.  You only have to fill the bucket once a week.

I was very skeptical, but look how happy my plants are!!  It totally worked and all the plants already have tomatoes on them!  Super cool!

Love these plants!