Spring has sprung in the Arizona desert! Frosty nights are behind us and the scorching heat of summer is not yet here. This is the perfect time to get outdoors and plant something. We love to garden around here. My son and daughter get super excited when they get to eat something they have grown themselves. I remember the feeling of being a child in the garden. My grandma had a massive garden in Tennessee that I would never be able to replicate here in the desert. Desert gardening can be such a challenge that we really feel satisfied when we get a harvest.
Today we planted tomatoes, jalapenos and cilantro. Here are the children turning over the soil in the large planter box my husband built. They had a lot of fun doing this because it is one of the few times they are allowed to tear something up.
Planting the seeds takes a little more patience and steady hands. My son was able to do this with a lot more precision than my daughter. I get the feeling my daughter’s rows will be somewhat creative. But hey, she had a fun time.
Here is the planter box after we were finished planting the jalapenos and cilantro – nice and neat like a clean canvas. Pretty soon there will be little green seedlings here. I can’t wait to get a harvest so I can make some salsa. (Speaking of salsa, I have a wonderful and delicious salsa recipe I will share with you soon.)
Our yard is full of things we have planted. It is an amazing feeling to watch something you planted grow. My husband planted all of the trees in this picture, but the two in the chicken pen are mesquites he planted from seeds.
Also, my son wanted to show off the pomegranate tree he planted last fall. It will likely be a year or two before it bears fruit, but he is eagerly waiting.
Does your family grow anything? If so, what does your garden grow? Feel free to leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.