Welcome to my Gardening Blog.

In October of 2012 I moved from Anaheim CA to the Mojave Desert. So the older posts will reflect my gardening before the move, and my newer ones are after the move. Now that I have a huge yard and sandy soil (the opposite of what I had in Anaheim), I have to learn how to adapt.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Tomatoes are Winning

I just tackled my weed-ridden bug-infested garden. It's been too hot to pick the tomatoes for over a week, so I had to take advantage of the cool morning and just get out there and do it. I quickly became hot, sweaty and itchy so I went back inside to beg my boyfriend to help me. While I picked and handed them off to him, he put the good ones in a bowl and the buggy ones in the trash. We filled 2 large bowls. I also pulled weeds as I went. Finally, I couldn't see any more red blobs, so I ran for the shower. There is something about tomato plants that makes me itch like crazy. And the weedy grass is going to seed and those awful pods stick to all fabrics and break into tiny bits so you can't get them off, not even in a the washer. Anyway we filled 2 giant bowls with regular and cherry tomatoes. So later this afternoon I'll be making spaghetti sauce out of at least half of them.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Why renting sucks.

I'm in a bad mood. The new building owner sent a crew into my backyard to 'tidy things up'. In the past, our lease stated that our backyard was private, but all bets are off now that there is a new owner who wants the place to look 'manicured'. Here it is just reaching the warm part of the year and they just cut the only shade tree back to nubbins. I only blame myself for not earning enough money to be a homeowner.
Oh and did I mention they started repairing the sprinkler system in the front yard and turned off the flower bed water for 2 weeks? The pansies are about to dry up and blow away, even though I did water them once with a pitcher and 4 trips back and forth to the kitchen.
They are still raking up the back yard. They've been here five hours working around the complex.
I wouldn't be so grouchy but at 3 AM this morning our electricity got all fritzy. I'm sound asleep and all my computer equipment starts turning itself on and off. Every light in the house that was turned on was blinking. So I went outside and saw the adjoining apt complex was also blinking. I read for an hour when I heard what sounded like a police radio in my backyard. I go out there and a power company worker is one apt. over talking on a radio about how the transformer is about to go, but it's already past him to fix anything so they'll have to send another truck.
An hour later I was asleep again when the repair crew showed up. And then the electronics started beeping and chirping all over again.

So any hope I had of sleeping in on a Sat. morning was dashed when the gardeners we weren't expecting knocked on the door at 8:45 announcing they needed to be in the backyard all day working. What ever happened to 24 hours notice? Grrr!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

More plants

Today I went to Walmart and found the sweet banana pepper plant and the greek oregano plant for a mere .96 a piece. And I had to look down every row past the expensive fertilizers and I finally found what I needed; the el cheapo no name brand of veggie and flower fertilizer for $2.50. You know they are trying to hide it when it's buried in a corner with no price tag on it knowing that most shoppers don't have that kind of attention span and will buy the miracle gro for $11.95 a box.

Now all I have to do for a few weeks is keep everything watered.

Monday, May 08, 2006


I found a peanut shaped like a duck.


Marigolds repel insects and add color, so I planted some french marigolds.


Here are the seedlings waiting to be planted. I got them all planted this morning.

Square Foot Gardening

This morning I literally rolled out of bed, walked out to the garden and started working on the new garden. I wanted to get everything planted before the sun came out and heated everything up. Now it's noon and it's still overcast. I'm not sure I'll even see the sun today. Still, I'm glad I got everything in the ground. The only seeds I planted were sunflowers. For everything else I chose seedlings from the nursery since I normally put in the garden in March and here it is May already. The apt. complex sold recently, and I wasn't even sure I'd have a place to live much less a place to garden. The part that makes me anxious is the new owner can come over anytime and decide to dig up the whole yard and not give a care for all the work I've put into it. I try not to think about that, because if I did I'd never plant anything. The reason we picked this apt. over others was because it had a private back yard that I could grow things in. But in the few years I've lived here, this is the third owner and you just never know what an owner is going to do. The new owner already said he's going to paint the exterior in a month or two, and that's surely going to tear up the yard again.

Planting a garden is a act of faith. It's like saying I'm going to be in this spot for at least another 10 months.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


We've had a bit of a heat wave so I took advantage of it today to dig up some volunteers in my garden. I had 2 palm trees to relocate. I couldn't dig one of them up because I didn't want to damage the gourd vines. So today I got that one potted and stuck it in the front yard. Then I dug out another one growing flush with a brick wall. I couldn't save it, but I had no where to put it anyway. I'll probably give the potted one away to the first person who says, "I sure wish I had a palm tree."
When I was scooping potting soil into the pot, I found 3 giant white grubby insects. Although they'd probably be considered a delicacy to an Aborigine, I put them in the dumbster as quick as I could. I have a feeling there are more in the potting soil, so I'm strickly sticking to using a trowel to scoop with.
I also found more snails behind the plants I relocated. Escargot anyone?

My Rose List

The Rose List
As I lay in bed thinking and trying to sleep last night, I started thinking about the rose list. The rose list is a list of the favorite roses I've planted over the years and had to leave behind when I moved or relationships ended. I like to dream about one day having a big yard and room to plant all the roses on the list and then some. And to live there long enough to enjoy them fully.

Harry Wheatcroft http://www.vanmeuwen.com/plants/plant/67541

Bewitched http://www.growquest.com/hybrid%20T%20bewitched.htm

Black Magic http://www.justourpictures.com/roses/blackmagic.html

Paradise http://www.justourpictures.com/roses/paradise.html

Our Lady of Guadalupe http://www.justourpictures.com/roses/ourladyofguadalupe.html

Tiffany and Cecile Brunner http://www.justourpictures.com/roses/tiffany_cecilebrunner.html

Intrigue http://www.justourpictures.com/roses/intrigue.html

Wild Blue Yonder http://www.jacksonandperkins.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ExecMacro/productlink.d2w/r...

Purple Tiger http://www.jacksonandperkins.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?superitem=21...

Roses I already own:

Candystripe http://www.pbase.com/hjsteed/image/37091684

St. Patrick's Day http://www.merrygro.com/shop/plants/detail.ws?id=48&utm_source=google&u...

Sterling Silver (Although I now believe its a cross because it is a lot more hardy than the ones I had as a child, but since I got it at a swap meet, I'll never know it's true parents, but I'm guessing at least one of them was Sterling Silver) http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.lawhern.org/Photos/2005-May%2...

I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but that's a good list for starters.