I have been raising an organic-year-round-veggie garden in the desert for about 30 years. Steve bought this home about 5 years ago. He was kind enough to allow me to install a 4 foot by 4 foot bed in the far corner behind the pool:) I just kept feeding, and building my compost pile as I visualized more garden beds. Over time, he has allowed me to take up the whole backyard. I now have 800 square feet of raised beds. My hero also installed a drip system that waters at 6 inch intervals.
The beds are not all full at the same time. as I need room to plant the next month’s crops. I practise crop rotation, and companion planting. I plant intensively. French Intensive was the title used before it evolved to square foot gardening. I use many different methods as it suits my moods.
I love to plan, and I enjoy the process as much as the results. I cannot wait to get up in the morning to check my gardens.
I spend alot of time improving my soil organically and I do not use synthetic fertilizers. I have tried some of the “organic” variety of the big name brands. I found that they attracted grubs because they contained wheat
When I first built these beds, the soil was sticky clay when wet, and hard as a brick when dry. Now, you can use a trowel anywhere in my garden to pull up soil that is full of earthworms.
Steve is amazed that I do not ask for $600.00 purses, or lots of jewelry. I am not his first wife after all (Just his last). If I did, he would do his best to provide. He wants to make me happy.
I really do not spend much time at the mall, or sitting in a coffee shop either. This is the way that I spend my time, and money. It makes me very happy.
Now I am using this blog as a way to encourage my friends who want to grow veggies in the desert too.