30. August 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: General · Tags:

Goodies from the Garden

The company Garden is still producing plenty of veggies for all of us to share.


 Here are just a few pictures of what is growing on there!

~Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a
harvest.  ~Douglas William Jerrold







12. August 2011 · 7 comments · Categories: General · Tags:

The Company Garden has given us plenty of delicious veggies to eat. 

 The sunny summer we are having has certainly helped out.

In my last post I mentioned our lack of pumpkins due to the insect problems but lo and behold, we now have two pumpkins on the vines.

We may not end up with a 200 lb. monster but there may just be a couple of jack-o-lanterns glowing at our office this Halloween.

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it 

provides.  ~W.E. Johns


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02. August 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: General · Tags:

 The Gearcor Company Garden is growing by leaps and bounds. 

There is plenty to enjoy and we are finally getting lots of tomatoes.  The cherry tomatoes are so delicious but we are now waiting for the larger ones to ripen up.

We have had plenty of cucumbers and squash as well as lettuce.

We have learned a lot as the gardening season goes on.  My biggest mistake was not making the tomato cages tall or strong enough.  These tomato plants are monsters.  Much bigger than mine at home.  I think they like the constant sunshine they get here that mine lack.Also we should have planted way more snap peas.  They are a favorite and there aren’t enough to make us all happy.  Same with the green beans.

Our biggest disappointment so far has been the cucumber and squash bugs which have really done a number on our giant pumpkins.

Pete and Mike have really tried to keep the plants going but those bugs destroy the plants. 

They ruin the female flowers as quick as they come out. So it’s really doubtful there will be any huge pumpkins to brag about.

All in all we have really enjoyed doing this but like most gardeners say….your garden is never as good as it will be next year.OW_thumb1_thumb1_thumb1_thumb1_thumb[2]




 The veggies are really starting to show up and we are all enjoying reaping the fruits of our labor..


…(some more than others.)


Our weather here has taken a turn for the exceptionally hot and although we are suffering,

  the plants seem to be thriving


 as long as Mike and Pete keep them watered well.

Luckily an occasional thunderstorm keeps our rainbarrels full.


 So as we keep on gardening, hopefully our garden will keep on producing this delicious food for all of us to enjoy.






Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. 
~Mrs. C.W. Earle






  The company garden is doing very well.




Ginger picked our first cucumber today as well as the first cherry tomato.





  Delicious just as we had hoped. Everyone has been able to help themselves to salad for lunches and now there will be cucumbers and cherry tomatoes to add to the greens.

 None of us can wait for the tomatoes and zucchinis to be ready. 

 The whole experience has been positive as well as really fun.

~”The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” ~Hanna Rion


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 is doing well. 

 We have had a lot of humidity and rain so the plants are happy.

  It was time to put up the tomato supports today since the tomatoes are beginning to grow.


 I noticed a couple of tiny cucumbers showed their pretty faces too.



 The giant pumpkins are growing nicely as are the zuchini and yellow squash.

 The best part today was when Ginger was able to pick some lettuce for lunch. 

There is nothing like picking veggies knowing you grew them, and enjoying their fresh, delicous flavor. 

 Double satisfaction!



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 The company garden is coming along nicely. 



The tomatoes are growing well and ready to be staked, 





the zuchinni plants are thriving

 and the “great pumpkins” are growing like weeds. 

Except for some unwanted tiny mushrooms that think they belong in our raised beds and some spots on a few leaves of a tomato plant, we seem to be in pretty good shape.

  We have some snap peas waiting to be picked so Mike did the honors…

he got the first taste of our garden(deservedly so) and said it was delicious! 


~”One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.”  ~W.E. Johns


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 these Unique, Unwanted bottles that were unearthed when we dug up the ground for the Company Garden.

 Since we had nowhere to plant our zinnias and marigolds we planted from seed, I decided they would make a great border for the seedlings. 

  Should be interesting to see if the bunnies “like”  the flowers or if we will get to enjoy them with our Utterly beautiful bottle border.


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and coming along well. 

 Pete fenced in the garden area and built the raised beds.

Everyone here is getting excited that we will have fresh vegetables to show for all the work and waiting we have done.

 We ran out and got a few plants on Saturday to fill in for the ones that were sunburned when they were first moved outside a few weeks ago. 

   My husband and I enjoyed putting in the new plants. 




But there was a visitor that we didn’t expect.

Turns out we have cucumber beetles.

  They are colorful fellas but they are persistent pests that kill cucumber and squash plants.   Pete found them on the  pumpkin vines they have been feasting on.

Just another bump in the gardening road, but you can’t keep a good company down.  We are determined to have a bounty of veggies to show for our work. So we will forge on and find out how to rid ourselves of these yellow striped intruders.

Remeber the mystery seeds we planted?

Pete has taken on the challenge of growing extremely huge pumpkins~ so follow along to see how it goes.  Click on the link to learn more about the giant pumpkins we are growing in our company garden. A lot goes in to growing these monster pumpkins.  They come from a grower who sent us seeds from plants that have produced pumpkins as large as  1000 lbs.  Now that’s a Jack O Lantern to carve! 



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Our company garden is finally coming to reality. 

It’s been a cold, rainy spring so we haven’t been able to get the raised beds built sooner, but now that they are, we will be putting in our plants very soon. 

Just a bit more soil and we are ready to go.  We have also  completely fenced in the garden so that deer and most critters aren’t able to get in.  Mike and Pete have been working very hard to get all of this done even though it keeps raining and raining.  It’s quite a nice set up that soon will be bursting with delicious veggies for all of us to enjoy. 

 ~”Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.” ~ Unknown