My Tiny Garden is Growing

 

I feel like a little kid watching my garden grow! This veggie garden is really small but I think will be really big once it matures and the veggies start to emerge. The photo on the right is from a week ago, and the one on the left is from yesterday and my how fast my pumpkins and cucumbers are growing. My granddaughter is having fun watching nature’s work too. I can’t wait to show her the cucumbers and pumpkins, tomatoes and bell peppers. Snap peas and blueberries! The herbs are not exciting but are getting bigger each day too. She won’t understand the herbs, but the others will be fun. I planted multi-color bell peppers and am hoping for an assortment of colors! AND the pumpkins seeds are both orange and white pumpkins, I can’t wait to see all the COLORS!! 😀

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The snap peas are going CRAZY! Look at all that green, all from seeds! I am easily amazed if you can’t tell and right next to the snap peas on the left are my bell peppers finally showing up! I’m trying not to over water, and want to make sure I water enough. We’ve had a mild spring here in Southern Cali so I’m grateful for that this year as some years it’s just hot, hot and more hot. But these seedlings have had a great start and warmer weather is on its way!  😉

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These herbs are coming along. You have to remember I live inland about 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean which is basically desert or desert like as it gets hot in the summers. I’m about an hour and a half from Palm Springs, now that’s the desert. AND it gets super hot there almost always 10 to 20 degrees hotter than my location. So growing anything here requires lots and lots of water because we just don’t get much precipitation as the weeks roll by. BUT the last month as I planted we have had a lot of cloud cover, dewy nights with lots of precipitation exceptional for this area. We call this kind of weather June gloom as it can be cloudy and overcast throughout the mornings with the fog and clouds rolling in from the coast which is usually in June, it came a month early. I’m far enough inland that it usually burns off and warms up and can get hot. But has been so nice and cool, I have been relishing the weather this last month of May. I wonder if it will be a hot June? I’m praying for a mild summer, one can wish!  ❤

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Crazy Busy This Month of May

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I am trying to take in everything in this month of May.  I am enjoying babysitting my granddaughter as my son is finishing his last semester of college. It’s been a bit of long road for him but the end is in sight! So exciting, he graduates in a month. And we just celebrated my other son’s graduation from college this last weekend! We are a very busy family, that is for sure and how I keep up is a wonder to me sometimes, and then I try to squeeze more things in each day.  I’m also proud of my daughter who will be graduating this summer with her Master’s degree, busy as bees this family…..

As I have been babysitting each day, I’ve been brought outside as little Alice LOVES the outdoors. She also loves animals so we get to spend more time with not only my horses but our dogs and we have a kitty cat too. My front yard has suffered greatly by drought conditions where we live and once the weeds took hold we stopped watering our lawn. Some day we will address where the lawn once was, so it’s just a big dirt area. I had probably close to 20 rose bushes but many have died, and so I’m down to about 8 with 3 not looking too good and the other 5 are doing great. I’m able to water them so much more now that the little one and I go outside every day, funny how I was not doing this when I wasn’t babysitting. I need to continue when the babysitting schedule changes.

So the rose bushes I am watering are really blooming and looking great! I just love the smell of roses, and eventually we will replant and redo our front yard, but at least I am able to salvage some of the plants before they all died. The very front of the house has a nice bunch of plants that get shade and enough water that even neglected have stayed nice. I also have a bunch of palm trees that of course do great with little water.

What I have been wanting to do for years is plant a vegetable garden and so I thought it would be fun to try growing some in a container, partly because we do have gophers that I’m sure once they figured out something new is growing will help themselves. But I really wanted to grow some pumpkins and either squash or cucumbers, I settled with cucumbers and these two are in the ground as their vines get so long I didn’t want to even try to grow them in a container. I’ve grown pumpkins once before at this house over 10 years ago, and they did fine with little bother by gophers so I think I’ll be okay.

This is only one side of my container garden with the one plant being a blueberry that I bought already started. I’ve planted the rest with seeds and they are just starting to sprout! In the container is snap peas, bell peppers, tomatoes and the blueberries. The two photos on the right are not very pretty but are sprouts of cucumber and pumpkins in less than a week!! So exciting to see these sprout, the cucumbers are going crazy!! I’m going to have to pull out some of them once they get bigger because there are so many sprouting there will be too much competition with the soil and I’ll have too many plants, ha ha! I’m having so much FUN watching these seedlings grow!

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My daughter bought me this little container for herbs and I have sprouts!! The dill is the tallest with basil and oregano right behind. I’m not sure about parsley, but hopefully it will peek through the soil soon. I forgot how fun it is to grow veggies and herbs! Now I need to get cooking once I get something on the vines or plants!  😀

I’m going to share a few more rose photos, as they are just so beautiful! I hope you all are enjoying May, I can’t believe there is only one week left of this month. It’s been what we call June gloom here in California with a lot of overcast cloudy days this month. But we here all love it since once summer arrives it will be hot, but we all say, it’s a dry heat! LOL – Let me know what you are growing, do you have a veggie garden? I’ve read some blogs about some pretty big gardens, so fun to see them grow. I’m keeping it small this year so as not to get to overwhelmed. I’m so surprised I got something in the ground, I surprise myself sometimes! Ha! Life is full, busy but good.  ❤

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