Tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, hungarian wax pepper and okra!
And by things, I mean my boxes. The boxes fell apart and they had also gotten overgrown with bermuda grass. So, I didn’t plant a garden this past fall/winter season because I wasn’t quite sure how to proceed. And since I didn’t know how to proceed, I didn’t have much to write about since my blog is about my adventures in the garden, hence my long hiatus from my blog. I wasn’t sure whether I could or should get Miss N. to build more boxes, because after all, this happened…
… or whether it was time to enlist professional help and have boxes built for us. Or, should I get those pre-built raised bed kits. Should I redo all of the boxes in the same areas, or should I change the garden around. I knew that I didn’t want to expand the garden, but did I want to have fewer boxes? These and many other questions ran around in my mind for the better part of the winter season.
The only thing that was clear is that I wanted my garden and not having it sucks! Big time. And spring was coming so I had to get moving. I consulted my friends at Farmyard about building garden boxes, it was going to be a little pricey for me, but these boxes would last a long time and I’d be happy. And I was ready to do it, really ready to get back to hoeing it up, but my car decided to have a little problem, a transmission problem, a total rebuild transmission problem. Yep, no money for a garden, or food, or water. And of course now I really need a garden so I can at least grow a lettuce and maybe some beans.
So back to plan one, we’ll have to do something ourselves and I’m thinking maybe just one box, for now until I can save enough to get “real” boxes. Fine, I start looking at the garden box kits online, and there are quite a few at Home Depot. Most of them are still pricey, but if I’m doing just one box, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad, any how I check out the reviews. I love reading reviews on products. So there was this one box that was all plastic and seemed to fall apart on a lot of people as they were trying to put it together. One woman was so upset that she said she was going to return it and create a garden using cement blocks cause it would be cheaper and sturdy. Well, I thought that was a great idea, so much so, that I too am creating my garden using cement blocks. They won’t fall apart and they are very cheap. And I like the idea that we create the garden ourselves, yes, it’d be prettier and nicer if professionals create it, but I like the idea of having a rogue garden. So what if it falls apart, we’ll just put it back together.
So happy the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market is back! Wonderful produce and culinary goodies from local vendors. I love going from booth to booth, chatting and tasting. All of the little delicacies dazzle my eyes and I’m grateful I can find locally raised meats and farm fresh eggs. Because the farmer’s market is closed during the summer and reopens in fall, it always feels like we’ve all come back from summer break as we share our summer adventures and our predictions for the coming season. We have quite a few newbies this year, as always, vendors come and go, but thank heaven the farmer’s market lives on!
Now that the heat has slacked off a bit and we’re in the cooler temperatures of the high nineties, (yes, I do realize how insane that sounds), I’m getting the seeds out, sprucing up the beds, laying down the fertilizer and planning out the garden. This is my second fall garden and it’s exciting! The great thing about Arizona is that we can grow veggies year ’round, and my fall/winter garden can be as busy as my spring/summer garden. Since it’s so hot here in the summer, anywhere from 100 to 115 degrees, if we don’t get a heat wave, I can’t grow the cooler temperature plants like spinach, lettuce, kale, etc. So every summer I go into withdrawal from all those great cool temp veggies. And yes, I do go get those veggies in a bag, but really. I am so excited to get the garden up and running for fall!
Last year I started most of my fall plants from seeds, because you just won’t find them sold in nurseries. It was a learning curve that worked out, we had veggies and I learned it’s so much easier growing seeds for fall, than for spring. Fall seedings can be started outside and it’s very easy to plant them when they’re big enough. Spring seeds have to be started indoors and some plants don’t like the transition to the outside and they protest this change so much, that they prefer to just die or stunt their growth and stay tiny. I had a lot of protesting plants this past spring. Lots. And that makes the fall planting so wonderful, the sweet anticipation of sweet broccoli florets and the easy growing of seeds into starter plants. Of course, my homework for this season is to find out how to get my spring seedlings to thrive.
A main staple for us is parsley pesto, we use it on everything, salads, pasta, bread, on grilled vegetables or rice.
- 1 Bunch of Parsley
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- 1/4 Cup of Onion (Red or White)
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of Oregano
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
Throw all ingredients in a food processor or blender and Enjoy!