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Gardening: There’s nothing like your own backyard garden

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at 6:29 am in Gardens.

Lois and Gary surrounded by their Benicia garden. Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA.

Every spring, my wife Lois and I plant a backyard garden. We think gardening is a lot of fun and we enjoy harvesting and eating the vegetables and fruits we produce. Besides, working in the garden is also good therapy after a hard day (and week!) at the office.

This year we think we produced our best garden, ever, and we’d like to share it with you.

Lois and Gary and one of their pumpkins. Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA.

We’re growing strawberries, herbs for cooking, pumpkins (for eating and Halloween carving), acorn squash, zucchini, three kinds of eggplant (green goddess, lilac, Ichiban), four kinds of tomatoes, (romas, black krims, green zebras, cherry), cucumbers, three kinds of beans (Kentucky blue beans, bush beans, Chinese long beans), and artichokes.

Gary and Lois checking out their Benicia garden. Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA.

We also grow sunflowers — the 12 foot tall mammoth variety — just for fun.

It’s fun to grow 12 foot tall sunflowers! Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA.

The sunflowers also distract the local fox squirrels and keeps them from focusing on (and eating!) our vegetables. When the sunflower seeds are ready, the squirrels climb to the tops of the sunflowers, hang upside down by their hind feet and nibble away on the tasty seed treats.

And these are the coconut palms in our backyard garden. Photo by Gary.
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OOPS! I’m sorry, this isn’t our backyard garden! This is a photograph of a Panamanian rain forest I took while we were visiting Panama a couple of years ago. My bad. /Gary

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5 Responses to “Gardening: There’s nothing like your own backyard garden”

  1. Maureen Says:

    Ahhh, now I can ask you gardening questions as well! What a beeautiful garden you & Lois have!

    I just got back into gardening after a 25 year hiatus. We have a formal backyard, but our wonderful neighbor gave me permission to garden in his old Almond orchard behind our backyard.

    What was to be a simple garden venture, turned out to be a challenge to grow whatever I want to. Those plants and seed packages in the nursery call out to me whenever I visit!

    As my dad says, Gardening is self worth.

    Enjoy your harvest!


  2. Catherine Leavitt Says:

    Lol– the “slip up” with the coconut palms is hilarious. You had me there for a sec.

  3. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Great job Gary & Lois!!

  4. BeWaterWise Rep Says:

    Congrats to you and your wife for maintaining such a beautiful garden! It’s delightful to see the vibrant color of the sunflower, the rich pumpkins and the care and passion with which you tend these vegetable and fruit trees. I would like to share with you some gardening tit-bits. Visit and continue to enjoy gardening!

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