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I’ve expanded my vegetable garden area by 7 feet so this year I can grow even more!  Below is a list of everything I will be planting. Some of the herbs and veggies will be mixed together because they can be good companion plants like basil and tomatoes.

Veggies

Sweet corn, Roma and Razzleberry and Beefsteak Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cucumber, Pole Beans, Peas, Summer Squash, Carrots, Buttercrunch and Iceberg Lettuce, Green and Red Cabbage, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Okra and a variety of sweet and hot peppers

Herbs

Rosemary, English Thyme, Catnip, Lavender, Chamomile, Italian Basil, Dark Opal Basil, Peppermint, Catmint Felix, Oregano, Chives, Garlic Chives, Lemon Basil, Dill, Sage, Spearmint, Parsley, Red Rubin Basil

Flowers

Cleome, Cosmos, Statice Bright Rose, Butterfly Bush, Heather,Coleus Mix, Foxglove Foxy, Linaria Flaming Passion, Aster Lilliput Blue Moon, Zinnia Candy Stripe

Fruits

Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Cherries and Muscadines.

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This was taken today

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These flowers are lovely. They are called Jonquils. Once planted they will return year after year and are usually the first flowers to appear, at least in my yard, in the spring. I saw them start appearing a few weeks ago but today is when the blooms started to open. In a few days the blooms will open completely. Jonquils can grow in full sun or in partially shaded areas. I planted mine in the corners of my yard, around trees and shrubs and as a border to a walkway.

This is by one of my favorite poets Christina Rossetti
 (1830-1894)

Flowers preach to us if we will hear:

The rose saith in the dewy morn:

I am most fair;

Yet all my loveliness is born

Upon a thorn.

The poppy saith amid the corn:

Let but my scarlet head appear

And I am held in scorn;

Yet juice of subtle virtue lies

Within my cup of curious dyes.

The lilies say: Behold how we

Preach without words of purity.

The violets whisper from the shade

Which their own leaves have made:

Men scent our fragrance on the air,

Yet take no heed

Of humble lessons we would read.

But not alone the fairest flowers:

The merest grass

Along the roadside where we pass,

Lichen and moss and sturdy weed,

Tell of His love who sends the dew,

The rain and sunshine too,

To nourish one small seed.