Garden Addiction

Just wanted to share what I've been up to lately!

I took up gardening a few months ago, and I'm totally addicted.

In January, I tried starting some seeds in my house (in a never-used bathroom lol).

I started way too many (expecting many of them to not grow). I ended up with so many tomato and pepper babies that I had to give away dozens of them! (literally dozens!)

I forced tomato babies upon anyone who came around, including everyone who works here at the OG Shop.


The ones I kept and planted are doing amazing! I'm about to have a whole lotta tomatoes soon. (as long as I can keep the Florida bugs at bay. I'm open to advice!)


Since starting this, I've discovered that many of my neighbors also garden. I'd been missing out!

So I thought I'd see if any of my fellow ornament girls garden too?

If so, what do you grow?


  1. Carol Hill on April 5, 2024 at 1:34 pm

    I find gardening so relaxing, and a huge stress reliever. In the summer, I plant around 25-30 tomato plants, watermelon, green peppers, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini. I just finished planting my spring garden which includes broccoli, brussel sprouts, spring onions, red lettuce, cabbage, and romaine lettuce. I live in Maryland, and the spring plants are just being planted and we’ll harvest in about 2 months in time for the summer planting.

    Good luck on your garden! It looks great!

    • Carol Hill on April 5, 2024 at 1:35 pm

      I forgot to say that I make my own spaghetti sauce, tomato soup, tomato juice, and canned tomatoes.

      • Staci Ann Lowry on April 5, 2024 at 1:41 pm

        Carol, that’s amazing. I just bought a water bath canner and am hoping to learn!

      • Ellen on April 5, 2024 at 1:47 pm

        Carol, I live in MD too and while I love working in my hard, I shrivel up once the humidity starts ? I just can’t handle it, I can get migraines from it!

        I had a lovely vegetable garden the first couple years we were here but haven’t been successful since. But boy, do I love digging and planting in the dirt!!


  2. sherrie Rapalee on April 5, 2024 at 1:52 pm

    I use the Garden Project planting system. It’s super great for small or limited places. And it can be moved if cold spells come. The system is super easy to use. Happy growing .

  3. Elizabeth on April 5, 2024 at 2:16 pm

    What is the Garden Project?

  4. Sandy Foley on April 5, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    I love the fresh vegetables and the time spent in my garden.
    Your plants are looking great. Enjoy.
    Too early for planting now, it’s snowing here in the northern
    part of New York. The Canadian border.
    Keep Smiling
    Sandy Foley

  5. Anonymous on April 5, 2024 at 3:09 pm

    I am trying to get flowers to grow.

  6. Billie Lee on April 5, 2024 at 3:09 pm

    I am trying to get flowers to grow.

  7. Janna Russell on April 5, 2024 at 3:49 pm

    I love gardening! I am in zone 7B (Virginia) and we aren’t gardening yet as we still have freezing temperatures. I love to garden (mainly flowering perennials), but tomatoes, squash, and zucchini are a must every year with lots of herbs. Be warned, your oregano (I think that is what I see) will take over your garden if you do not contain it! It is in the mint family and it spreads like wildfire!

  8. Virginia McMillan on April 5, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    I’m not very good with vegetables, but have good success with herbs and ornamentals. I’ve been very involved in my gardens since retiring. I love my Lenten rose, coral bells, gaura, coreopsis, and salvia. Just visiting our local Hatcher Gardens this weekend for plants and will get some annuals from Spartanburg Community College horticulture department next weekend. My daughter works at the college in the disability department. I have made over 50 ornaments since March 2023 and have to divide my time between these two loves. Thank you so much for the email with your garden photos . Hope the photos I included come through../Users/virginiaamcmillan/Desktop/IMG_1351.JPG/Users/virginiaamcmillan/Desktop/IMG_1464.JPG

  9. CECILIA BAIZE on April 5, 2024 at 7:14 pm

    I have a black thumb, but your crops look awesome. BTW, my hubby was the gardener, but he had a major stroke 3 years ago and is partially paralyzed so he can’t garden anymore!!

  10. Dawn on April 6, 2024 at 6:56 am

    I’ve been gardening, literally, since the day I was born. My mother planted 2 flats of flowers to keep her labor contractions going the day I arrived. We grow garlic. Last September, we planted 100 cloves of garlic. Only two cloves didn’t make it. We give it away and we have a large list of people who use it. Now, I have a pollinator garden and a hummingbird garden. I love watching the birds, bees and butterflies come and go in the gardens. It is very relaxing and helps with stress. Stacy, your garden is awesome. Good job and I hope you continue to be a gardener. It is very rewarding.

  11. Rebecca M. on April 6, 2024 at 12:54 pm

    I appreciated your pictures! We are at war with the deer. We had spent time tilling the garden and then planting seeds and vegetable plants. We thought we had the deer problem licked with an 8 foot high mesh fence that took some time to erect. The deer tore through the mesh anyway. As soon as there was a blossom on any of the plants, the deer came in and ate or just chewed the plants, and trampled what they didn’t eat. My husband refused to do any tilling or planting last year. They’ve eaten all my Hostas and roses and nibbled on my weeping cherry tree. I’ve spent many hours scouring the websites for deer resistant flowering plants and a means of having a deer proof garden short of building a cement wall and retractable roofing. Gardening is a joy and so is enjoying wildlife. I just wish the wildlife didn’t enjoy MY gardening so much. I’m missing those homegrown tomatoes very much. There’s a variety of videos on the site for tomatoes and gardening related activities. Ball (the canning jar folks) has published a couple books on canning that are very helpful, too. Enjoy your time in the garden!

  12. Diane R. on April 7, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    I live in western NY and we have a short growing season. Because of critters (deer, rabbits, raccoons, possums, woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels) I grow in planters on my deck. Keeps most of the critters at bay. I grow 4 planters of cherry tomatoes, 1 basil, 1 dill. Sometimes I add something else. I also have flowers in tire planters as well as in ground gardens. In ground are bulbs, roses, lilacs, ferns, or other perennials. The 7 tire planters get filled up with geraniums, impatiens, petunias, or coleus. The Coleus are my favorite because of how quickly and beautifully they fill the planters. I’ve used home made bug sprays to keep away some bugs. You may want to search for recipes for your specific pests. I also have lots of milkweed plants in my gardens for monarchs. We had a bumper crop of caterpillars last year. Glad to hear you’ve discovered this past time. Hope you’ll find it to be a joy forever.

  13. Marika Gafa on April 8, 2024 at 4:42 am

    I live in Malta, Europe and gardening is very popular here. Since I do not have a garden, I have plants in pots on my balcony.
    I have cactus and succulents which I grow in pots which I decoupage with rice paper.
    I will gladly send you some cuttings – the giant stapelia is a wow plant. As you probably know, you can also propagate cactus and succulents by the leaf.
    Who knows, you might build a rock garden eventually, lol.
    Regards and many thanks for your lovely patterns.

Leave a Comment