Scott’s new love of gardening


Today we are in Northeastern Pennsylvania with Scott.

Growing up, I had little gardening experience, other than my annual 2-3 week vacations to my father’s home in southern Mississippi, where he had a small production farm. For the past few years I have planted store bought tomato and/or pepper plants in my yard with very little effort resulting in little return.

A switch flipped in December 2021, and I really upped my gardening game! Although my vegetables weren’t as abundant as I would have liked, I grew flowers like it was my second job this year. My main goal for next year is to improve my yield on vegetables, focusing on tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and cucumbers.

A sloping backyard with no vegetation.Every garden starts somewhere. Nothing here is just starting to turn into a garden.

Newly made and mulched garden bedsThe bed is now prepared, mulched, edged, and ready for planting!

Close-up of annual flowers in the gardenThere are flowers in the summer garden – here, some snapdragons (Antirrhenum The Magiper annum).

Close up winter squash and plant growing on a wire trellisThe winter squash crop was vibrant, with flowering cucumbers and some corn and sunflowers (Helinthus annuusper annum) back.

Close up of a nodding sunflowerA nodding sunflower presides over the garden. This will now provide food for many pollinators, and the birds will feed on them as they mature.

Near Black Eyes SusansBlack Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Filgida, zones 3-9) are blooming like crazy. Even a ketide seems to be enjoying the show.

Plant stand with grow lightsGrow lights are ready to provide a nice home for houseplants and start vegetables for next year’s garden.

Wooden trellises with pea shoots just emerging from below.A scene of promise for the future, the pea shoots are just beginning to emerge from the soil, ready to sprout their waiting trellis and produce lots of delicious peas.

Small Japanese maple in a bucket container in a bed of tulipsA potted Japanese maple (Acer palmatumzones 5–9) and tulips (Tulipa (hybrids, zones 3-8).

If you want to see more from Scott’s garden, check out his Instagram: @nepa_garden_patch

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