I love springtime. Here in Arizona, most of the winter season feels like spring, so I'm not going to complain about the winter here at all. We'll be heading into the sweltering heat of summer before we know it, and I've got a nasty sunburn from this weekend to give me a taste of what summer will bring. But for now, we are enjoying spring here. This week, we planted two gardens. Yes, you heard me, two. We get the fantastic opportunity to participate in a community garden, and just planted our little plot last weekend. We participated in the garden last year, (I have months worth of images that really wanted to be blogged last year, but just didn't make it) and I looked forward to my time in the dirt every weekend. Here is the start of our garden last year.

_MG_1394.jpg_MG_1382.jpgWe went into the garden with very low expectations. We had no idea just how successful our garden would be. 

_MG_2700.jpg_MG_2721.jpgWe ended up with the most gigantic zuccini and squash that I have ever seen, more tomatoes than I knew what to do with, and a love for gardening that I definitely did not expect.

_MG_2726.jpg_MG_2739.jpg It was like therapy for me to go out each week and weed and harvest. I looooved it. So this year, I decided that one garden just wouldn't be enough. Yeah, I'm reallllly lame, and need a little plot here at the house too. We don't have much room, but I'm carving out a little space between our house and block wall.

We took some of what we learned at the garden last year, and changed things up some. We planted less zuccini and squash (I don't know that many zuccini recipes!) and branched out to try some other vegetables, like carrots and bell peppers. We discovered that we hate, hate, hate armenian cucumbers, so we are switching those out for a different variety, and trying a few different types of tomatoes, rather than having 6 cherry tomato plants.

For our home garden, I'm trying for some herbs, carrots, spinach and a salad mix (though I think the summer heat will kill them too early, but I'm an optimist). I'm also trying pumpkin at home, so we'll see how that goes. Cooper and I decided to try and grow our seeds in little dirt pots in the house (don't ask me why cause I have no good answer other than we thought it would be fun). Here is our little garden now, complete with the list of which plants are which.

our-garden.jpg

It has been really fun to check on the seeds from time to time during our day, and see the progress. These are less than a week old.

We have our salad mix

 

_MG_0289.jpgCauliflower

 

_MG_0291.jpgSpinach (though it looks a lot like onions in its infancy so I could've goofed)

 

_MG_0292.jpgsweet basil

 

_MG_0317.jpgwhite pumpkins (I really hope these guys make it, I have visions of a beautiful centerpiece at thanksgiving)

 

_MG_0334.jpgonions (allegedly, I think they just look like tiny salad prongs right now)

 

_MG_0354.jpgand watermelon

 

_MG_0358.jpgThe rest are hopefully growing too! We'll see how we do, and how our little garden experiment shapes up. We already have some mint and strawberries growing out in pots in the back. Mint juleps (disney style- have you tried them? you should.) are on the menu later this week, so we're looking forward to pinching some leaves off for a garnish.

Really, even if nothing were to be edible, I wouldn't care. Going out with Cooper and working in the dirt somehow makes me feel happy. I think I'm going to go play in the dirt now.

If you have a garden, I'd love to hear what you are planting. And if you have any tips, send em my way!

 

 

I love springtime. Here in Arizona, most of the winter season feels like spring, so I'm not going to complain about the winter here at all. We'll be heading into the sweltering heat of summer before we know it, and I've got a nasty sunburn from this weekend to give me a taste of what summer will bring. But for now, we are enjoying spring here. This week, we planted two gardens. Yes, you heard me, two. We get the fantastic opportunity to participate in a community garden, and just planted our little plot last weekend. We participated in the garden last year, (I have months worth of images that really wanted to be blogged last year, but just didn't make it) and I looked forward to my time in the dirt every weekend. Here is the start of our garden last year.

_MG_1394.jpg_MG_1382.jpgWe went into the garden with very low expectations. We had no idea just how successful our garden would be. 

_MG_2700.jpg_MG_2721.jpgWe ended up with the most gigantic zuccini and squash that I have ever seen, more tomatoes than I knew what to do with, and a love for gardening that I definitely did not expect.

_MG_2726.jpg_MG_2739.jpg It was like therapy for me to go out each week and weed and harvest. I looooved it. So this year, I decided that one garden just wouldn't be enough. Yeah, I'm reallllly lame, and need a little plot here at the house too. We don't have much room, but I'm carving out a little space between our house and block wall.

We took some of what we learned at the garden last year, and changed things up some. We planted less zuccini and squash (I don't know that many zuccini recipes!) and branched out to try some other vegetables, like carrots and bell peppers. We discovered that we hate, hate, hate armenian cucumbers, so we are switching those out for a different variety, and trying a few different types of tomatoes, rather than having 6 cherry tomato plants.

For our home garden, I'm trying for some herbs, carrots, spinach and a salad mix (though I think the summer heat will kill them too early, but I'm an optimist). I'm also trying pumpkin at home, so we'll see how that goes. Cooper and I decided to try and grow our seeds in little dirt pots in the house (don't ask me why cause I have no good answer other than we thought it would be fun). Here is our little garden now, complete with the list of which plants are which.

our-garden.jpg

It has been really fun to check on the seeds from time to time during our day, and see the progress. These are less than a week old.

We have our salad mix

 

_MG_0289.jpgCauliflower

 

_MG_0291.jpgSpinach (though it looks a lot like onions in its infancy so I could've goofed)

 

_MG_0292.jpgsweet basil

 

_MG_0317.jpgwhite pumpkins (I really hope these guys make it, I have visions of a beautiful centerpiece at thanksgiving)

 

_MG_0334.jpgonions (allegedly, I think they just look like tiny salad prongs right now)

 

_MG_0354.jpgand watermelon

 

_MG_0358.jpgThe rest are hopefully growing too! We'll see how we do, and how our little garden experiment shapes up. We already have some mint and strawberries growing out in pots in the back. Mint juleps (disney style- have you tried them? you should.) are on the menu later this week, so we're looking forward to pinching some leaves off for a garnish.

Really, even if nothing were to be edible, I wouldn't care. Going out with Cooper and working in the dirt somehow makes me feel happy. I think I'm going to go play in the dirt now.

If you have a garden, I'd love to hear what you are planting. And if you have any tips, send em my way!

 

 



Comments
Robyn says:

You even make dirt look beautiful!

(03.22.10 @ 09:47 PM)
gina says:

serious, how do you make dirt look beautiful? i love your garden...

(03.24.10 @ 01:00 AM)
Christina says:

I love gardening. And your little seedings are wonderful and beautiful. Here is a helpful tip for when you transplant them. Make some manure tea and spray them down with it as soon as they are settled into there new home. This helps them to fight off disease, that is caused by bruising while you are transplanting. Gardening is one of my most favorite things. :O)

(03.29.10 @ 11:00 AM)