Last Friday we stopped by the nursery in town to pick up a few plants for the “sand box” we call a yard. I don’t know much about desert plants, but I do know that the plants I have in my yard wouldn’t survive out here. When you don’t know what to do, ask the experts!
The local nursery is awesome! These people really know what they are talking about. I’ve shopped MANY times at the big box stores and you’re lucky if you get help from someone who really knows what they are talking about. Let’s be honest, you’ll be lucky if you find someone to talk to at all! Anyways, local nurseries know about the types of plants that grow well in your area. They will also know what types of soil you have and they really feel your pain when you tell them you have issues with soil drainage.
I also found that local nurseries have a large selection and the plants seem to be treated with TLC.
During this specific trip, we were in search of a purple flowering plant that we already have growing out here. I’m no plant expert, so purple flowering plant was the only description we had, and a photo I took on the iPad. We described the plant and showed the photo, the nursery owner knew exactly which plant it was and informed us that they won’t get those in until the summer. I guess we’ll be going back again soon!
I love that the nursery clearly labels the plants. I always found it important to read the labels on plants so I know what to expect and what the plant needs. Sometimes, I feel like the label is so generic that it can be on any plant in the store. At this nursery, they give so much information! It is so helpful!
The kids enjoy exploring the nursery and smelling the flowers. We had a very productive day at the nursery!
Two Weeks Ago…
So two weeks ago we decided to plant our own vegetables. Last Spring/Summer we dabbled a little with tomatoes and we planted a raspberry bush. Growing your own tomatoes is so rewarding! you can’t get tomatoes that great at the local grocer and you pay a small fortune at the farmers markets. There was no question that we would be planting more tomatoes when it warmed up! As for the raspberry bush’s progress…they are a labor of love since it takes like two years before it actually gives fruit. It better be worth it!
Two Weeks Ago…
This past winter we grew beets. It was more “just for fun” than serious because we grew them from seeds. We planted these thinking they wouldn’t actually grow, but they did! They didn’t grow as large as we would have liked, we may have pulled them too early. Our small, home-grown beets made a great borscht! We still have a few more that we are just about to pull…I’ll be sure to post an update. We let this round “bake” in the ground for a lot longer, fingers crossed!
Two Days Ago…
Our newest crop will hopefully include, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelons, baby carrots, squash, Mr. Stripey heirloom tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. We bought the sprouts and tomatoes as a small started plant, the others are from seeds. So far, we have cucumber sprouts, carrot sprouts, cantaloupe sprouts and squash sprouts. Those little sprouts are just peeking though and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress.
Two Days Ago…
Our tomato plant and Brussels sprouts have doubled in size already! I’m so happy!
I spy a tomato flower hiding behind the beet greens
Since we are getting so serious about our home garden, we had no choice but to compost. Our other gardening friends say it’s the best way to get awesome fruits and veggies. We have been going back and forth on the composting for the past two years. Since we have dogs, we knew whatever we did, it needed to be closed. We set out to get this little jem from the local garden center, it’s big enough to compost in and small enough to hide near our garden shed.
At composting tips? Who else home grows veggies?
I am thrilled that its warm enough outside for me to enjoy our flowers again! I love that we have such a wide variety of flowering plants! I’m so grateful that they are still around and I haven’t killed them yet. Maybe I have a greenish thumb after all! Enjoy the flowers!
Here are some more…
This little gem show up every year now, we figured them for dead two Springs ago.
These remind me of Dr. Seuss’ truffula trees.
I never thought these would stick around…they were so weak looking after we planted them. Now, they are 5 times the size and growing strong!
My favorite color! I honestly don’t even remember buying and planting these! We have gone though quite a few flowers before finding out what will grow in our clay-like soil.
How fun are these “Joey Paws”?
These yellow buds are from one of our drought tolerant plants…we have more than a few of these because I don’t always remember to water.
This weekend we had an early Father’s Day outing. We visited our local wetlands preserve. It was a special Father’s Day event! Each father got a free native plant and we chose a native California Poppy.
The kids had a great time exploring and it was fun for us to see all the native plants and trees.
Our local wetlands preserve opens to the public for Second Sunday Strolls. It was a great way to spend the day as a family. The kids had quite the adventure too. We walked the trails, saw beautiful flowers, butterflies, crossed bridges and even spotted a lizard!
Happy Father’s Day!
UPDATE: My little flower box is still alive! You may remember when I first wrote about it…well I have managed to not kill the plants! I thought for sure that the only flowers left would be the fake decorative ones. Seeing how I managed to keep these plants alive, we decided to tackle another planter in our yard. I am no plant whisperer, I have no gardening secrets…just water, Miracle Grow, fingers crossed. Any gardening tips will be greatly appreciated! Please share!