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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Time to Garden

Spring has sprung at my home in the Mojave Desert. We got one raised bed planted last week, so now the onions are coming up. The tiny tomato plants are growing so fast they've caught up with the one bigger one I planted.  So either they are growing really fast or it is growing really slow.

The thyme I thought I'd fried is coming back now that I'm watering daily.

I was going to plant the last rosebush, which looked great. The very next day I got up to plant it and all the leaves were gone. I'm not sure if it was the chickens or the rabbits! Darn it all. But I got it  planted today. The last one is called Paradise. I used to have one before I had a yard that had to live at my Mother-in-law's house. So now I have my very own.

My boyfriend got another raised box built and now we are taking shifts hauling in sand from the berm to fill up half of it and mix it with potting soil.  I keep saying it is 'sand' and he insists it is 'dirt' so maybe I'll just call  it soil from now on.

We dug 4 big rocks out of the place where the box goes. Ugh, that was tough.

The rock he is sitting on came out of that section as well as the 3 in front of him.

A pinwheel to scare the birds away.
I got six new chicks this week. When we cleaned out the chicken coop we put all that manure and straw in the garden bed. I think I was suppose to let it decompose more but oh well. Still haven't gotten the compost pile to work yet.

Americauna chick.

Barred rock chick.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunset, Moon Rise and Daffodils

Sunset in Lucerne Valley, CA
My Internet connection isn't that great out here in the desert so I don't get to blog as much as I used to.  But it works well at 4 A.M. so here I am blogging for you. I want to share the beauty of the desert with my winter weary friends. The Joshua tree photos are taken from my front yard in Lucerne Valley, CA.
I named this Joshua tree outside my front window Zerlina after the villain in Men In Black

I never get tired of taking sunset photos.

I live on a hill. This is the view from my yarn of Lucerne Dry Lake.

Daffodils at sunset.
 I managed to grow daffodils from bulbs I got at Winco. When they first sprouted the chickens kept trying to eat them. That is why they are up on a fence rail.

I hope to do a painting based on this photo when I have time.
 I have another pot of flowers waiting to bloom as well. I just don't remember what they are. Freesias maybe?
Last night's moon rising.

Daffodils make me happy.