I’m Lia Noterile in Middletown, New Jersey, which is Zone 7. I’m a fairly new veggie gardener. What started out as my quarantine project is now my new love. My job was closed for three months, which gave us (my husband, my son, and my daughter also helped out) an opportunity to build our new garden. I’m very lucky my husband likes to build me things and is so handy. It all started out as an old deck and above-ground pool (total eyesore). In tearing down the deck, we left the old posts that were cemented into the ground and used that as our starting points for our project. We reused all the deck boards and as much of the wood as we could for our project. It’s so rewarding to grow veggies and such a treat to have fresh vegetables! I’ve grown to love the garden so much and plan on enjoying it for years to come.
The new veggie garden! What a huge change from a deck and above-ground pool, and what a great way to reuse the materials instead of hauling them to a dump.
Looking through the arbor to more of this beautiful garden space.
Healthy eggplants spill out of the bed, with marigolds (Tagetes patula, annual) blooming at the edges—proof that a vegetable garden can be beautiful as well as productive.
What a fantastic potting bench/work area! It looks great, and is a practical place to work as well.
The proud gardener with a homegrown watermelon!
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