Living in Arizona, we don’t have quite the opportunities as other parts of the garden where you can just throw your seeds out and have full plants a week later! We have hot, dry days and we live up in a valley in the mountains that gets us a bit of snow and a lot of wind!!!
I am often asked about my garden…. In the summer our grocery bill is less than $100/month for all of us because I buy meat in bulk throughout the year and we grow a HUGE Garden. (We mostly pick up milk and almond milk and cheese during the summer and that’s it!!!)
The kids and I got in 18 tomatoes (I have 12 more in my greenhouse), 4 Tomatillos, Spinach, Lettuce, Red Onions, Garlic, 12 Egg Plants, 24 different Peppers (chilies, jalapenos, bells, etc) Radishes, Turnips, Peas, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots. We harvested spinach and radishes for dinner the other night… SO GOOD!
Our zucchini, pumpkins, cucumbers, kale, chard and rhubarb are all still in the greenhouse.
Here are a few photos of our “weeding-fest” from this last weekend!!
It’s been several weeks since we posted any progress on our garden and I am pleased to announce that we are growing right along.
Of the seeds that we planted directly in the ground, the peas, spinach, lettuce, radishes, and turnips are all doing GREAT. The munchkins can’t wait to eat right from the garden. As a matter of fact, I don’t think that one single pea pod made it into the house last season… GREEN CANDY for the littles.
We also have a whole greenhouse FULL of tomatoes, brussel sprouts, peppers, kale, swiss chard, watermelon, squash and more!
Tip for your growing season: Tomatoes seeds start GREAT in red solo cups!
I love buying and trying new seeds… When I buy them, normally in bulk, I always write my outdoor date on the package. It is easier for later planting is you know exactly when they can go in the ground in your area!
Mazy’s is carrying First Family Seed Buckets too!!! CLICK HERE.
This last weekend, I got all of the kiddlings outside (that’s 16 hands to help me plus Larry) And we had to devise a way to gopher proof our garden. Chicken wire it was and we were making out raised beds TALLER. After battling a plethora of black widow spiders, pill bugs and lizards who were trying to hibernate, we as a family cleaned out the greenhouse, and Rowan, Trystan, and a munchkin planted kale and spinach in the the greenhouse while the bigs moved12 railroad ties. Berlyn told me that we were building a fortress and wanted to keep going higher with the wood… 16 shoveled loads of compost and manure later, we have just about got the bed to where we want for the February 2 planting here in northern Arizona. Welcome to Peas, Radishes and all of my leafy greens!! I can’t wait for REAL PRODUCE again!