Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Spring is here, and so am I!

Wow, a lot has happened in the last two weeks!  "Life is what happens while you're making plans."  It's an accurate sentiment which says it all!

First of all....

Spring is here!

The desert air smells like honey.

The potatoes are growing strong.  But the soil is full of grubs.  I'm afraid they'll find the tubers irresistible.  The peas are about 3 inches tall.  I also inter-planted the potatoes with petunias and corn.  They're all supposed to be mutually beneficial to each other.

Yesterday, I planted tomatoe starts and seeds...

...serrano pepper starts and a few herbs...

Then this morning, we promptly had a hail storm!!!!!
I spend the time during the storm wondering if my tomatoes are going to make it!
I realize May is a bit of a fickle month.  But since I'm on the other side of the mountain, in a different climate, closer to the Sonoran Desert, you'd think it was a good bet to take the chance and plant.

As it turns out, everything made it!
After class was over, the kiddos and I got outside and I planted onions.

For Mother's Day, my Miracle Worker took us to town and he spent some money on me.  He said to buy anything I wanted (within reason, of course!).  So I bought veggie starts, veggie seeds, herb seeds, those pink petunias you saw above, and this beautiful Society Garlic I happened upon.  I planted it today.  The instructions suggested a spot with afternoon shade.  To do that, I planted a few sunflower seeds next to it.

I have so much more to share!  I'll be giving you a tour of the back side of my dream...in suspense yet?  I'll also be sharing my latest adventures with homeschooling.  Then there's the broody hen who convinced another hen to be broody too.  More to come!  And thank you so much for being patient with me!

Happy Spring!

I'm also linking up with the Farmgirl and Farm Friend blog hop # 7
Come take a look and enjoy looking around all the interesting entries!  And a thank you always goes out to Deborah Jean and Amy for hosting the hop!


  1. Wow! You are going to have a fantastic garden this year! I'm so glad the hail storm didn't damage the seedlings, how nerve raking that must have been!

  2. I love gardening! Is it hard to garden in a desert climate? someone just told me the other day that Arizona is a big agricultural state. I found that so strange considering there is so much desert there!

  3. Oh, you have been busy! That's the name of the game in spring, though, isn't it?

    Nice garden!

  4. Amber posted a comment a couple of days ago, but it appears that blogger has somehow deleted it while doing their thing yesterday. Amber asked if it is difficult to garden in Arizona and was surprised Arizona has an agricultural side to it. Well, it's true! We do! In fact, we grow potatoes, roses, corn, peppers, onions, cabbage, lettuce and so many more too numerous to list. Unfortunately, urban sprawl is taking over these fields. Also, it would seem that casinos are going in, which the Indians are so fond of, instead of developing their land for farming. They could counter the sprawl by providing healthy food for all the communities which surround them. If I remember right, at least there was, or is, a Navajo operation that employs its people on their own rather large farm. I wish them a great deal of success. Better for the land, community, health, and far more rewarding than casinos.