Fresh produce just can’t be beat. Once you’ve tasted a home grown tomato, you’ll never go back. Happily, my garden is doing great this year. We planted peas, tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions. In a week or so when the peas run out, I’ll be planting a zucchini and a pumpkin. I hope to have a nice large pumpkin ready for carving at Halloween.

Sharon Lovejoy is the author of a few great gardening books and recently I became a giveaway winner of 3 of them, thanks to The Artful Parent. Sunflower Houses, Hollyhock Days, and Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots are just a few of her published books. Sharon’s books focus on incorporating children into the gardening process. There’s tons of fun ideas, making a whimsical garden out of fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Even if you don’t have a “green thumb”, you’ll love these book. Along with great ideas, it takes you through all the basics of getting your garden started.

I love her idea for a Pizza Wheel garden. You shape your garden into a pizza wheel and then plant all the toppings to go on your pizza, like, tomatoes, garlic, basil, peppers, onions, etc. Thanks Sharon, for your gardening inspiration.

What are you growing in your gardens? I need new ideas for next year.