Evening on the Farm….

unused vegetable garden

I always look forward to Tuesday evenings.  

Why, you may ask?

Well, every Tuesday we all get into the car and make the 5 minute drive over to Double S Farms, which is where my mother, my sister and her family live.  

In addition to hanging out with everyone, including my very cute nephews, Finley and Oliver, we also get to enjoy a delicious dinner that my mother prepares.  I just love not having to cook dinner one night a week ๐Ÿ™‚

While we were there, I decided to take a look at my mother’s vegetable garden.  

The last time I saw it a few weeks ago, it looked like this….

Did you know that unused vegetable gardens are a great place to play with trucks and tractors?

Well, the trucks have now left the garden and it is now newly planted with transplants from our local nursery.

Petunia Plants

Leaf lettuce, dill, cauliflower, basil and other vegetables are already growing.

Interspersed in between the rows of vegetables are two flowering plants that my nephews picked out for the garden…

Petunia Plants
Petunia Plants

Petunia Plants

Finley and Oliver’s petunia plants make great companion plants for vegetables – especially leaf lettuce  broccoli, potatoes and squash.

Did you know that petunias repel aphids and beetles?

As the sky began to darken, we made our way inside to see the newest additions to the Double S Farms family….

They have four new chicks that are growing very rapidly and are almost ready to be moved into their new coop outside.

My sister, Chicken Farmer, likes people to hold them often so that they learn to be friendly with people.

Naked Neck' chicken,

I don’t mind holding them….they are awfully cute.  Especially, the ‘Naked Neck’ chicken, Francie.

Buff Orpington

My son, Kai, got to hold the friendliest chick, Lottie, who is a ‘Buff Orpington’.

Well, the chicks were getting tired, so the kids decided to hang out with grandma and see some fun Halloween games on her computer…

Evening on the Farm....


I hope your week is going well so far.  As I am writing this, we are experiencing wind, thunder, lightning and delightfully cool temperatures.

Which reminds me that I need to buy a pumpkin…..

**You can read more about my sister’s new chicks here.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
8 replies
  1. Kyna
    Kyna says:

    I always envy you in that you live so close to your family ๐Ÿ™‚ I took that for granted when I was young, and now I'm sorry I did that! lol

    I love that veggie garden!

  2. Jennifer Vinca
    Jennifer Vinca says:

    Is Double S Farm open to the public? I live in Gilbert, and this is a good farm-visiting time of the year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Laura
    Laura says:

    Nice storm we had last night. And today was delightfully cool! I am going to plant my fall vegetables tomorrow.

  4. Rose
    Rose says:

    I had to laugh at the trucks and tractors in your mother's vegetable bed–my young grandson has also found that unplanted flowerbeds also work well for this:)

    It's been awhile since I've visited, Noelle, and I read through some of your recent posts. I'm so sorry to hear about your father's passing. I hope that your memories will sustain you, and that time can bring you some comfort.

    I enjoyed seeing your post on Sedona. My daughter and son-in-law took me there the first time I visited; such a beautiful place! We also visited Tiapaque (sp?), which was so much fun. I haven't been there since, but I'm hoping the next time I visit them I can talk them into another trip to Sedona.

  5. Pege
    Pege says:

    Reminder to self, must purchase a laptop – it is now justified – it's the "new age Grandma's" answer to having the kidlets gathering around after dinner

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