Not Exactly Eden

November 16th

Burpee seeds

I’m gardening. After taking those classes at the Phoenix Farmer’s Market with the Phoenix Permaculture group, prepping my tiny patio and using my planting calendar to pick seeds that will work this time of year — I’m gardening.

Pretty much the best gardening book around
Giant bag of Ph goodness

Coffee grounds to help with the pH balance of the soil. I am also asking my carpenter grandfather to whip up one of these compost bins for me. I see worms and lots of gorgeous veggies in my future.

Lots of composting...

I am hoping this process is much like sewing and baking — yet another hobby I’ve watched Finny use her cunning and cleverness to succeed. I mean seriously, is there nothing this girl can’t do? Have you seen her garden? I think asking her to send me a bit of her green thumb is not too much to ask. You hear that Finny? Send me some of your smarts already!

Thankfully I’ve got Staci in my own hood to help guide me through Arizona gardening. This woman is a pro. Not only does she homeschool five kids, she somehow manages do raise her own veggies to feed her army too. Yeowza. And Stephanie, who isn’t exactly in my hood, but close enough. The girl grows okra like you wouldn’t believe.

Pretty bush in my little garden
Gardening, day 1.

So, here we go. I’m throwing my hat in the gardening ring and hoping to eventually expand to chickens and some fruit trees. Not at this home, but the new one I’m still carefully saving my pennies for. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy beets, carrots, onions, garbanzo beans, cilantro and fennel in this little casita. Yet another step toward that sweet little cottage life I dream of. I’m thinking the dog is coming soon too. New Years?


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17 Responses

  1. Stop by my blog to see our new addition!

  2. I think you can guess what my comment would be here…. 🙂

  3. Sounds like so much fun! Looking foward to seeing some veggies:)

  4. So excited about you getting a dog. Please consider pit bull or pit bull mixes from a rescue…they make excellent companions. Our little lab/pit/boxer is the best girl ever!

  5. Worm composting is the best! It really is easy once you get the hang of it. I’ve written up some fairly detailed info on my blog since we’ve been doing it for about 5 years. (my name should take you to just the worm stuff) Good luck with the gardening (and lucky you to live someplace where you actually can do it right now).

  6. Good luck with the garden. I’ll have to see yours to give me some ideas!

  7. Do you know how things can be achieved? One step at a time………….I’m sure in the near future we’ll see lots of pics of a green patio!

  8. I failed miserably the last time I tried growing plants on my balcony. I had some beautiful vines, but nothing edible. But I’m going to give it another go in the spring. Best of luck with your veggies!

  9. Tina in Duluth November 17, 2008

    How exciting! I’m thinking of all the meals you’ll be serving to your friends from this garden. It will be so rewarding!

  10. I am so envious you can start a garden this time of year. It is getting cold and dreary here in StL.

    …oh and I saw a new neighbor walking 2 great danes this morning and thought of you : )

  11. I am so excited for you to get started! Growing food is so rewarding.

  12. Excellent!!!

  13. Green thumb granted! I just put some winter crops in the ground over the weekend, so maybe we’ll have stuff come in around the same time.

    Be patient with that little garden – it’ll take time to get up and running. Then you should have some green to show for it!

  14. Yeah, girl! You can do it!

  15. Eating from your own garden is so rewarding. Can’t wait to see what you grow.

  16. Smiling here — look forward to following the birth and growth of your garden. Just remember with gardening like most things, you learn as you go. Good luck Kelli! Oh my and a dog is on the horizon. You did mention nesting a while back. Yep, yep, yep. 🙂

  17. You go girl! Gardening’s hard. Thank you for posting this on your blog. I am super excited for you!