Monday, April 22, 2013

Garden Snapshot | 4.22.2013

It's been warm & sunny here in Pasadena, CA now for months. I started gardening the first week of January. It's the first time that I've had my own garden and I've already learned a ton.

I've been documenting my progress since February and it's is so fun to see the progression & changes in the garden over the past few months.

My first garden snapshot was bleak compared to what the space looks like now but all I can see is the huge amount work still left to do.

Standing here, under one of the huge trees that shades the lawn, I can see my entire "little garden." It's in the space behind our garage and I've been cultivating it as a place to grow all of the flowers and vegetables that need lots of glorious sunshine (it's the sunniest spot on our property).

A lovely image...yes? But I see war. I'm currently battling gophers (or moles) that have been creating dirt mounds and holes. That have been eating and killing the vines along the fence that I've been trying to grow for privacy. I love critters...but geez guys, give me a break! Don't you know I'm new at this.

I see lots of questions. Should I be trimming off all of the runners on my strawberry plants? or do I want to keep some so that I can have new baby plants? Will they ever flower or just keep shooting off new runners? Why did the snap peas not sprout? Where should I plant all of these tomatoes?

I see worry. Will the gophers ruin everything? Am I pruning these tomatoes correctly? Am I watering enough?

 The nasturtiums are still my beloved. They've started blooming and are getting big! I can't believe how easy they were to plant and how well they're growing despite my ignorance. And the colors. Gorgeous reds, corals, oranges and yellows. 

My other claim to gardening success so far has been my cut & come again lettuce. It looks a bit shabby here...but it was just harvested last Friday (the second harvest). With any luck, we'll get another harvest very soon. 

Speaking of harvests...I look forward to harvesting these bad boys soon. I know that I should have pinched off the blooms to encourage growth but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Oh well. I plan on thoroughly enjoying my 5 homegrown blueberries.

This past weekend, we made a trip to the local ikea, and to OSH to transform our patio into a lounge. Ever since moving our outdoor dining table to the garden, this space has been sad & bare. 

No more! We spent all weekend hanging out, reading, chatting & having these cocktails around the fire pit. Pure weekend bliss.

And finally, my herb garden (rosemary, pineapple mint, spearmint, lavender, peppermint, thyme) is filling out nicely...although I think it may need some basil. You can never have too much...right?

This post was written in response to the prompt "Describe your garden right now", part of the Grow Write Guild onYou Grow Girl. It is the third prompt in the series.


  1. The small details of your garden bring it to life. I too have critter problems, moles now, they've eaten several of my plants at home. At my community garden I haven't had any critter issues (yet). I have some of the same questions about what to do when in the veggie garden. Last year I was very tentative, this year I want to try new plants as well.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I have gopher...real bad. It's gotten about 10 times worse over the past week, with new holes and plants missing daily. I'm having to re-imagine and re-envision my garden. This is my first year in the space so I am tentative but grateful now that I found out about these buggers before I planted the entire space! Cheers to your garden(s) and good luck with the moles! If you figure out a good way to get rid of them...let me know!

  2. Everything looks great! I am so jealous of your growing zone (I live in MN). Don't worry, your garden will grow no matter how many mistakes you make! Just try to enjoy it, and learn from any mistakes you make along the way. Enjoy your five beautiful blueberries!

    Here's my response to writing prompt #3... My Gardens Right Now


    1. Amy,
      Thank you for the encouragement! I am about at my whits end with these gophers (it's been confirmed) and have been losing at least one plant daily to them. I am excited to get back to work and find some solutions so that I can fill the rest of the garden in with plants. I can't wait for the blueberries!! One of my absolute favorites:)

  3. War, question, plans and hopes- it sounds like you're already a seasoned gardener! And you've only been at it since January? That's an amazing amount of progress. It looks like your "little garden" will be very rewarding for you!

  4. Paula,
    Thank you for reading! It has been quite trying in the past weeks. I certainly hope that I can create a successful garden. I'm re-grouping and re-planning...looking forward to getting out there and putting plans to action!