Happiness month day 15 – Home grown food

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It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been growing your own food in the garden, it’s still as exciting as the first time when something begins to flourish.

For the first time in our gardening lives we’re growing sweet bell peppers.

We grew chillies one year by mistake – someone sold us a plant as a pepper plant, but it was a chili plant! So Mr Green started his from seed this year.

The leaves have been curling and he’s almost given up on his pepper plants on more than one occasion. However this week we spotted this perfectly formed, tiny pepper. It’s about the size of my thumbnail:


Meanwhile on the other side of Chez Green’s greenhouse the tomato plants are dying. The leaves have turned yellow, we’ve tried to revive them, but little has helped. We have decaying vines creeping across the floor now.

I’m the eternal optimist, however, and have still been loving and nurturing those plants as if all is well. So imagine my delight when, tucked behind some of the stems I saw this:


Finally, in one of the beds I threw one sunflower seed. It threw up a shoot, got strangled by bindweed and was pulled over. I rescued it, gave it some Mrs Green loving and look!

Isn’t that a flower that is asking for sunshine? It’s a bit grey here at the moment but I know as soon as we have a full day of sun this beauty will open up her bottom petals and hold her face to the sun in celebration!


What about you – what delights have you found in your garden this week?


  1. Terry (My Journey With Candida) on August 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I have to laugh at you buying a pepper plant and getting a chili pepper plant. We bought a hot banana pepper plant and ended up with sweet peppers…. tons of sweet peppers. The problem is, no one here eats sweet peppers. Luckily we bought other pepper plants and did get some hot peppers.

    Oh…. we also bought a plant that was called a Hillbilly Tomato. It was suppose to be red with orange stripes. They turned out to be a cherry tomato plant. We have tons of cherry tomatoes.

    Your plants look like they did great this year!

  2. Mrs Green on August 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

    @Terry (My Journey With Candida): Hi Terry, thanks for leaving your comment and good luck with your ‘candida journey’ (btdt!) Sounds like getting rogue plants is a bit more wide spread than I thought 😀

  3. Jill @ Healthy Kiddo Snacks on August 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    What beautiful pictures! There’s always such gratification in growing your own food, and teaching your kids how fruits and vegetables are grown and harvested. Great post, I can see why you were recognized by tmuffin!

  4. Mrs Green on August 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    @Jill @ Healthy Kiddo Snacks: Thanks for popping buy – I love your site too; some lovely ideas on there.

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