Trash and rocks. Fun, huh? What kind of treasure hunt yields trash and rocks? Gardening. At least in the beginning. As I was preparing the planting bed in my front yard, I found all sorts of “treasure.” Look and see!
I don’t think the builder did a very good job cleaning up the work-site around my house. My house is 9 years old, and I dig up something every time I clean up that bed.
On a happier note, I found some other treasures. I discovered the best one while I was weeding that same planting bed. As I was working, I smelled something intoxicating! Something very close to honeysuckle, but there was no honeysuckle nearby. I was next to a bush the former owners had planted in the bed. When we moved it, it was not doing very well. It had very few leaves and was visibly struggling. It was being overrun by some native flowers which were taking over the entire planting bed. It took several hours of work, but I finally rid the bed of them early last year. The bush looked significantly better by the end of the season, but I wasn’t sure it was going to make it.
When I took a closer look at it today, I noticed that it had blossoms. Then I noticed the tag from the nursery was still attached near the base of the tree. I was concerned that the string attaching it to the trunk would eventually hurt the bush, so I removed it. When I turned it over, I found the words “Valencia Orange.” I have an orange tree! And to think, I wanted to remove the bush, so I could plant a fruit tree. Good thing I didn’t. The blossoms on the tree smell divine. I’m tempted to sit outside and just smell the tree.
Another surprise? My peach tree, which I planted a year ago, is bearing fruit! I can’t wait until harvest time!
Now, you may be wondering why was I weeding my planting bed. (Okay, you probably weren’t wondering, but I thought it was a good segue.) I bought a couple of plants this morning, and I wanted to get them in the ground asap. The weather was perfect (low 70s), and I had the time today.
I started planting too late last year. Living in Southern California, we are blessed with a long growing season, but if you start your plants too late, you may not get as much fruit/veggies from them. That’s what happened to me. So, I’m starting early. I planted 2 tomato plants, 1 eggplant plant, 1 zucchini plant, and 1 spaghetti squash plant. Hopefully, they’ll thrive, and I’ll have a huge harvest. I’m not a super experienced gardener, so I can’t promise I’ll actually have anything at the end of the season, but I promise that I’ll keep you posted.
Are you gardening this year? What are you planting?
How do you garden? Raised beds, containers, in a greenhouse, or in the ground?