How Does Your Garden Grow?

Remember this?

The  beautiful lettuce table that Peter built for me in January? Well! Now it looks like this:

It’s lush with lettuce and strawberries! I feel like our gardening adventures are serving their purpose too – when I asked Bay if she would like a strawberry, she ran out the back door to the plant! The lettuce is very tasty too. We’ve had salads at every meal.

The Freesia  and Star Jasmine scent the backyard with their sweet smell. We have blooms and fruit on the tomato plants and the Ocotillo is in full bloom too. And I also found a new addition, a tomatillo plant! Can’t wait for Peter’s delicious salsa verde. In short, our yard is smelling and tasting pretty delicious right now.



The Ocotillo. It’s the lone survivor from our remodel. To give you an idea of its size, the wall next to it is 15 feet tall.

Blooms up close

Yummy heirloom tomatoes

Tomatillo – heloooo green enchiladas!

74 thoughts on “How Does Your Garden Grow?

  1. Ashley in Open Lotus Garden says:

    That’s some beautiful lettuce! And the table is a super-cute idea. Did you plant directly into the table, or into trays that set inside the different sections? I’m a garden blogger, so I got really excited when I saw this post!

    • bethwand says:

      Hi Ashley! The table is based on the Martha Stewart lettuce table design. Each section has two layers of mesh, one thicker than the other. Thanks for reading! I’ll be sure to keep updates on the tomatoes and tomatillos coming!

  2. enjoibeing says:

    im so jealous!, ive been wanting to start my garden but school and work has taken up so much time. but i will start as soon as school is done. you gave me inspiration! nice post btw

  3. klrs09 says:

    Lovely back yard — I’m jealous! We still have snow on the ground — planting anything is still nothing but a dream in this neck of the woods. Loved your blog — congrats on being FP’d!

  4. beckyspringer says:

    Nice garden!! I wish i had your green thumb!! I can barely get grass to grow. Although I did buy a topsy turvey strawberry planter this year and my berries seem to be surviving… 🙂

    • Spectra says:

      We had terrible luck last summer with the strawberries in the topsy turvey. But the ground-grown ones had a bunker year…then my neighbor got drunk and ripped them all out, preferring to grow her beloved green peppers instead…I mean, how many green peppers can one woman eat?

      Beautiful photos, and I am impressed with that ‘lettuce table’ idea. Mine are still in their seedling phase, and I am afraid they will wilt before planting.

  5. idreamofeden says:

    Very inspirational and beautiful. It brings me joy that your little one can run out and grab a strawberry- simplicity at its finest!

  6. suzannebrandsen says:

    I have a veggie garden in my backyard and a flower garden along our fence.. With a few other spots here & there.. But container gardens are just magical to me! It’s beautiful & functional. Hope you enjoy it all season long, thanks for the inspiration!

    • lauren says:

      Alessandra, I feel the same way! lol I have been looking for garden inspiration all over for my blog and wordpress must have just known lol. I wish I could have the same tasty salads every night for dinner, things are always tastier when they are from your own garden.

  7. Mackenzie | Red Roan Chronicles says:

    Beautiful! We’re going to be starting up a little garden at our office this summer, but apparently we have a very short growing season here (we’re at high altitude… it is literally snowing outside right now). I’m really looking forward to learning how to do a bit of growing. 🙂

  8. SherryGreens says:

    Loving your garden, everything looks so neat and orderly. We still have snow inthe backyard, but I am itching to get out there and PLANT! I love the idea of a lettuce table!

  9. jule1 says:

    I am coveting that wonderful table! So beautiful and functional. Do you live in CA? I’m thinking yes, because I’m on the East Coast and your season is far ahead of ours. Ocatillo is a cactus, right? So it wouldn’t flourish here.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed, and thanks for the great pictures. Gardens are always inspiring to me.

  10. ladyberrington says:

    very very nice

    where do you live that you are already eating garden veggies??? lucky gurl!

    how deep is the space that you are growing the lettuces in?


  11. bethwand says:

    Hi Lady Berrington! I live in sunny Arizona 🙂 The depth of the spaces is about 6 inches. I’m going to post the instructions on how to make it tomorrow so stay tuned!

  12. charlie nitric says:

    Hello. I love your photos and your gardening prowess. I’m jealous and want what you have…lots of home grown healthy foods. Yummm. BTW, that table your hubby made for you looks like it fits your needs. I’ve never seen anything quite like that for gardening, but I am not gardening savvy. Have a nice Tuesday evening. 🙂

  13. Sally says:

    Cool! I’m in Northern California Bay Area and my strawberries are in the ground, and they are blooming but no berries yet. Gotta love the Scottsdale sunshine, huh? Any tips on soil for the lettuce? Does the table help repel pests like caterpillars and snails? Thanks for sharing! As a fellow city dweller trying to grow stuff in containers, I can especially appreciate your accomplishment.
    (fellow mom to a toddler & kindergartner who both like digging in the dirt) (Sure, there are more pressing questions about motherhood – but mine is, “What do I Wear?”)

  14. stephanie says:

    WOW!!! You were Freshly Pressed!!!! Congratulations, I hope your new readers love your blog as much as we do. xoxoxo

  15. loustar02 says:

    Wonderful growing skills! Only yesterday I planted out some indoor tomatoes, lettuce and rocket – I can only wish that they grow to be as wonderful as yours. I could practically smell the freshness as I read your post. Thank you for sharing this fantastic reminder that home-grown can be truly great.

  16. Sarah says:

    Wow! I love the lettuce table, that’s an awesome idea! Off to look through more of your blog posts now! Maybe I’ll just pop out for some strawberries first… 🙂

  17. urbannight says:

    As I move from an apartment with no outdoor areas to an apartment with a deck, I am looking forward to putting some plants out. I’ll probably go for pretty flowering kinds. But the idea of fresh lettuce sounds so yummy.

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