I am super excited to share My Organic Garden with you today.
It’s been a long journey. I touched on it a little bit in this post, but my half-attempt at growing edible plants on a windowsill at my first apartment in LA was… half good, half pathetic. I give myself an A for effort!
Everything would die by the time it got to the point of being edible specifically because I had no where to plant it, and after a few massive losses, I convinced myself (like we tend to do) that I was no good at gardening.
This brings me to the House. It took about a month of settling in here (and waiting for Winter to pass) before I realized that I had a ton of good soil to work with and all I needed was a big imagination (thanks, Pinterest, for all your inspiration!)
The idea that I could be self-sustaining in my nutrition plan was a good one, rooted with deep and great intentions… but the question was: could I pull it off? I live right by the LA forest, just on the cusp of where things go from Green to Brown and you begin to remember that Los Angeles is a desert that we saturate with millions of gallons of water to pretend it’s a paradise. This worried me a bit. Another look at all my neighbor’s plants: mostly cacti and hardy trees, and I knew I’d need a bit more than a prayer to pull this off.
So, to my surprise, not only have my plants grown.. they’ve taken off! I have now more than 30 different varieties of edible herbs, flowers, fruits & veggies growing in my garden and in pots along the sides of my house.
To give you an idea, here are my new beans a week ago…
And here they are today…
If I didn’t have time, stamped and dated photographic evidence, I literally would not believe it.
Some other things I’ve had the opportunity to grow:
This Spinach is the tastiest, most delicious and fresh I’ve ever had. 🙂
I’ve also gotten a few wonderful surprises… I planted squash and pumpkin back here a few weeks ago.
Not only have I dug up this spot numerous times to compost and plant other things, the seedlings (not one or two, but almost 5 now) have begun to grow in the garden despite the fact that it’s neither the season, the time, and that now I have at least 5 pumpkins I need to make room for! 🙂
I really can’t believe that these used to just be a little bag that said “Fava Beans” on it!
Rian got super inspired and turning an old wind piano into a garden bed. It lives at my house and it’s grown SO much since he brought it over!
I love “adopting” plants for people who don’t feel like they have quite the time to take care of them! The progress is so rewarding!
So, so, SO excited for Strawberries!
I started using my compost pile to grow these peas and they shot up! This is all ONE pea plant! I am pretty dumbfounded.
These are my beans 1 week after planting:
The experience of having, nurturing, and feeding myself from my organic garden has been immensely rewarding, completely satisfying and really gratifying.
If anyone has Pinterest, feel free to add me over there for more garden inspiration! It’s SUCH a fun site and I’ll be updating on the status of my babies quite often. 🙂
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