Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Gardening Galore!


I have always wanted to try a vegetable garden planted in raised beds. So, I drew out plans for my dream garden last year. Life got a little too busy and it was left on the back burner.

I really didn't think much about the plans this year until Mr. Incredible asked me for them. He was headed to Lowes to buy the supplies.
For my dream garden? I was ecstatic.! Boy, does he know my love language! That, my friends, in the words of Paris Hilton was hot! Thank you Mr. Incredible! Okay, focus! Back to the garden.
Here are my Before pictures:

Lovely shot of the dirt, don't you think?

Here is my man making the raised beds:

(I must have channelled the Pioneer Woman or something. That shot of Mr. Incredible makes me giggle! Sorry, dear!)

Here are the 7 raised beds put together. We placed weed block in the bottom of each bed. I used a staple gun to secure them to the frames. We did not stake our beds into the ground nor did we bury any part of it we just set them on top of the ground, so easy! We filled each bed with a mixture of organic compost that had Miracle Grow fertilizer in it. Looking good:

It became a family project. Everyone pitched in!

Here is Rachel:

and Hannah who kept us cool:

Mr. Incredible had river rock delivered to line the beds for walkways. You should have seen us trying to put down the plastic and spread the rocks. It could have been an "I Love Lucy" episode."

And here are the After pictures!
This is the garden after several weeks. We planted tomatoes, jalapenos, chile pequines, squash, zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, okra, rosemary, mint, thyme, and flowers. Everything was starting to grow nicely:

It kept growing and growing!

Finally! Harvest time arrived. Oh, joy!

We are still harvesting watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, jalapenos, squash, and pumpkins. It has been such a delight. I always wanted to harvest my own pumpkins. This was my first one. Isn't it cute?

Hannah asked me if we were going to carve it! Are you kidding???? It's proudly displayed in my kitchen. Here are pictures of some of the flowers that we seeded in the herb garden and watermelon patch:

This picnic table belonged to my husband's grandparents. It fits nicely in the garden and is always a welcome place to sit.

Here are 2 more garden helpers:

It has been a fun family project! I've gardened before but this has been our best garden ever! If you want more instructions, please let me know. Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Please visit Boo Mama for more Before and After projects!


Homesteader in Training said...

Okay I'm going to try to not sound jealous or anything but MAN, that is awesome and I'm looking at your surroundings and you don't have people surrounding you and you have room to breath and run around. Your veggies look wonderful and how great for your man to do that for you. I call my husband Mr. Incredible as well. I even got him a Mr. Incredible shirt for Father's day lol. Great job my friend.

Erica said...

Girl, that is absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I can't even imagine keeping up with a project like that. It is all I can do to keep my 6 plants from dying! Good thing you have 2 helpers...maybe when mine are older, we can plant a little one. I am totally impressed!

Nicole said...

That is the coolest garden! I like the idea of virtually no weeds...mine gets taken over every year by the weeds and I'm not sure how to fix it!! I'm jealous.

And that sunflower picture, against the blue sky, is gorgeous!!

Colored With Memories said...

Oh wow! Awesome!

I'm a little embarrassed now about the project i thought i had conquered so well!

I've never thought about doing raised gardens...we've got some space...not as much as you...but our yard isn't level. i wonder if it could work?

groovyoldlady said...

This. is. AWESOME.

I will NOT envy you. I will NOT covet.

I will NOT! OK, maybe I will.

I want a raised garden too! My crop this year was dandelions and unkillable chives.

Now I have something to shoot for next year.

WendyDarling said...

That is a beautiful garden!! :-) I am getting a lot of ideas now. :-)

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

Jealous!!!! You've done a beautiful job ~ a modern day Proverbs 31 woman are you!

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

Holy Cow! That's amazing!!

Holly said...

You should hear me sighing over here in Colorado on my point one eight acres. I love it! What a marvelous job you all did!! A great team!

And yes, I'm the cookbook girl. So very happy that you are enjoying it, Kristi!

acer4u73 said...

I love it!! Your garden is incredible! I've always wanted a garden like that and maybe when we are not living in a condo, we can have that garden:) Congratulations on having a wonderful fruitful garden:)


ellen b said...

Kristi! What a fabulous before and after! Look at how wonderful that project turned out and the great harvest you enjoyed. I think you should get a prize :0)

Jen said...

Impressive harvest! I have never gardened but need to try someday. What an inspiration you are!

Kathy S. said...

beeeautiful!! That is an awesome photo story! Maybe I need to start with new dirt in my garden...my stuff didn't look that good this year.

Abundantly blessed-you are!

Anonymous said...

I will not be jealous! The Bible says I should not covet! But I am coveting those raised beds! How cool!! That's my dream garden too. Sadly, my yard space right now is about the size of two of those raised beds put together so I'll just have to wait. But that is one beautiful garden you've got there! And thanks to the postponed bloggy event we got to see the veggies all grown!

AnooCre8ion said...

Wow, this is absolutely incredible. I love your garden and envy you so much. Godly jealousy of course :)

Congrats on a great family project.

Just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and offering your prayers and concerns for my son.

After surgery he has been slowly recovering, taking some daily walks and sitting up.

Thanks for your continued prayers.


Maria said...

Beautiful. Love how neat and clean it is. Maybe when our kiddos are older, I will be able to utilize slave labor, er, I mean quality family time to keep ours up better.
Thanks for sharing.

Life In Progress said...

That looks SO great! Makes me hungry for some fresh veggies. Way to go - I'm sure that was a lot of work, but so worth it too!

ohhollyf said...

That graden rocks! What a nice place you made out of nothing, luv it !

ROXY said...

I'm dying to make raised vegetable beds....but I never got around to it this year:( Maybe next year though. I am going to dog ear this page for next summer:) Thanks for sharing!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

SUPER raised beds, and a family to help besides! I got the major giggles seeing that big ole dump truck with ALL THAT GRAVEL.... doesn't seem like it would be "as much work as I bet it was!!! HEEHAOAOAOOAOOO
Love Lea
ps. You haven't had any more run ins with the little skunkers have you?!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow that is awesome! I love the raised beds and your garden looks beautiful :o)

k and c's mom said...

Wow! I'm impressed with your harvest...and I'm just as impressed with your photography skills. (Loved the picture of the sunflower especially!) It must have been a very rewarding project!

Susie said...

What a fantastic project!! And, I am a little jealous!! You have way more property than we have so I could never go that big!! Great garden plan. I am green...with envy:-)

P.S. I write about all my gardening adventures on Thursday . Come over and take a look. I will be indoor gardening this winter:-)

Amber@MMM said...

In a word, beautiful! I am so excited for you. This year was our first garden in a LONG time as well . . . I wish I could say ours looked as good or produced as much!

What a blessing that this became a family project for you all.

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Jerralea said...

Very impressive! I love the pic of the sunflower against the sky.

Lisa @ Take90West said...

You are Martha Stewart with your raised beds! Love 'em! Your whole family did an awesome job.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous job! I just planted a small garden, but I am inspired to try bigger things in the future. Your garden looks so lovely!


Anonymous said...

OK. I'm jealous now. I'm paving my garden over next summer while yours looks like it's going to keep producing all winter long....

Grace said...

Oh my gosh, I am SOOOO impressed! Your produce looks amazing (totally making me hungry). You guys did a great job!

Bitsy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! These gardens are incredible and give me inspiration. The pic of the sunflower with beautiful blue Texas sky behind it is one you should have printed. It's gorgeous. Happy farmin'

Tracy said...

I'm so impressed!(and trying really hard not to be jealous!) You've inspired me to want at least a tiny little garden next year. What a fun thing to do together as a family. (Your hubby was definitely speaking your love language when he built those boxes for you!) ; ) Thanks for sharing these photos! What a great first harvest.


His Doorkeeper said...

Just a blessing to see your garden! WOW!

Blessings to you and your beautiful family!

Natalie said...

Kristi, you should be so proud of this HUGE accomplishment! We are thinking about doing raised beds for next spring and can only hope they turn out as beautiful as yours. Do your recommend raised beds over regular beds?

Rose said...

Wow, what a project that was! Your garden is just beautiful. What a great family project to share and see (and eat!) the results of all that hard work. Great job and thanks so much for sharing! I'm inspired!

Susan said...

Wow, this is just incredible!!!

Hey, did you do a make over on your blog? It looks FANTASTIC!!


Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

One of my favorites in before & after! Beautiful veggies!

Cheryl said...


That is awesome. I had a garden ONCE, but I should have done like you did. I love gardens, flowers and all that. It is so fun.

Thanks for sharing.


Dana D said...

I just love it! I've bookmarked it- to show my husband! We've been talking about doing raised beds next spring. The river rocks were such a nice touch! I think Mr. Incredible is a keeper!

Thank you also for stopping by my blog, and for the nice comments on our bathroom re-do!

GratefulinGA said...

what a great job! are you planning on hiring out your team? :D

Ya'll should take a bow!!

Brenda said...

Gorgeous girls & goegeous garden!

Michelle said...

Oh Kristi your garden is something to be proud of.And the pumpkin is just wonderful..

Heather said...

Oh Wow! What a great garden! I am going to save this post to favorites. Maybe next year I will do a much more scaled down version of what you did.
Love the pics too. That Sunflower pic is especially well composed.
Thanks again for the gardening inspiration.

Katie said...

That. Is. Awesome. What an experience for your kids too! I loved reading and looking at the pictures!

Renee said...

I'm late, but have to tell you how amazing your garden is! What a lot of work, but great job!! I love the sunflower pictures.