In the back half of the garden, broccoli and kale, beans and onions, tomatoes and peppers all coincide in harmony.
This year we "strung" our tomatoes and they seem to have enjoyed it, because they are healthy and so bushy that it is difficult to walk between rows!
Smattered here and there at the end of rows are bright beautiful flowers, just enough to lend a splash of color to the green.
Some of the flowers were planted purposely by humans, but all the sunflowers were volunteers.
4 rows of very healthy corn (which we now realize is not near enough for a family of 7)...
Big, fat, orange carrots (which are rather too large in diameter, if you ask me:)...
and rows and rows of bush beans (some of which decided that they were really pole beans:).
Our vegetable garden is along the west side of our yard which is lined with a chain link fence, and clambering and climbing all along the fence is a grape vine. The picture above, is of our faithful and steadfast "Grapevine Guardian" Garter snake.
The "Vegetable Garden" is just one out of four of our official gardens. Right behind our fence lies the sprawling Squash and Pumpkin patch, which is hedged in by potatoes.
Our Butternut Squash have taken a while to set on (the picture is of one of our volunteer squash plants in the compost/weed pile) so we are hoping for enough warm weather that they will ripen in time.
Last but not least (besides our Strawberry patch of course) is the melon patch. We have never succeeded with melons, in fact our watermelons have never gotten bigger than 4-6 inches in diameter and were always green, and our cantaloupes never came at all.
I think that gardens, almost more than anything teaches you patience, reliance, and trust on God's providence. Because you can only do so much to the plants. The harvest... That is up to God.