They sat there empty for a little while until we could get our bearings straight but this spring the stars aligned and we planted.
I say “we” quite liberally because although I had grand visions of having my girls all pick out a vegetable they wanted to care for and plant and prune “their” crop themselves (like we did growing up), in the end it was just easier to get out there and plant myself…and then have them help me water.
Isn’t that how parenting is sometimes? But they will have their turn as I figure this out.
Also, we didn’t plant from seeds, “we” got the great little starters from Home Depot.
Baby steps, right?
But tomatoes and basil were the biggest things I was concerned with to start. I mean, having the supplies for home-made bruschetta and caprese salad right out your back door sounds pretty dreamy to me.
We tried lettuce and basil and oregano and zucchini too.
I was SO excited when I saw those first little beauties ripe and ready for the picking.
The cherry tomatoes were first.
Then the heirloom and the two other kinds I planted that I can’t remember the name of.
My mom, the weed-plucker-extraordinaire, helped keep it nice while she was in town.
When we left town for a couple weeks we came back to a “jungle” of crazy vines.
One of those types of tomatoes is a CRAZY grower I have learned.
But oh boy we ended up with some deliciousness.
Let’s get a better look at that crop:
There we go.
After some work I was able to make it presentable again, so we’ll see how that holds up. The girls and I are out of town again now, but I’ll be excited to see if the zucchini is ready for me when we return.
And if everything hasn’t completely melted in the 120 degrees crazy weather there, it will be time for some great tomato/basil/zucchini recipe creations.
If anyone out there has desert gardening experience or tips please send them right on over. I can use all the help I can get!