In the garden….mosaic art, new blooms, shopping for flowers and turning a vintage red wagon into a mini garden.

“ If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener.”

Well, it happened…the heat has hit this city. April has turned into a very warm month. Whatever flowers you see in our garden this month will only last a short time. Sounds so depressing now that I have written it, maybe I should remove those words. Nah…best to be honest. Our summers here in Arizona are everyone else’s Winters. Can’t have flowers everyday and that is why they are such special little plants.

I planted some drought resistant plants, so there will be some flowers out there in the summer but even those flowers struggle when the temps go up over 120 degrees outside.

We just got a tiny bit of rain this month. As always, anytime water here in the desert falls from the sky, its a wonderful treat.

To prepare myself for another harsh summer, I have added new pots filled with cacti. This way I will have something out there growing for the summer. I am going around filling in empty baskets with clippings and plants from other garden plants.

This back wall used to be covered in grape vines everywhere but last year some sort of fruit fly got to them as well as the extreme record heat from last year.

 If there is an empty spot I try to fill it with something during the Spring so our Summer garden isn’t so bare. Using clippings from plants we allready have saves us money.

These little bird’s nest basket were at one of the dollar stores. I added them to our fence and fill them every year with drought resistant plants.

It’s a race now to get our garden projects done before it gets too hot out there.This is what else happened in our April garden…

We worked on mosaics.

I had boxes of broken glass to go through, separate by colors and clean .
Not sure what I will do with the colored pebbles. I might use them for another project. Now that the glass is all clean I can start putting together the design.

The chickens have been moved to under our big shady tree.

They have half the yard now but they still hang out at the far gate waiting for scraps or to be let out to eat through anything they find on the other side of the garden. When they are let out we have to watch to make sure they don’t get to get into the pool side of the garden. We have rescued not only bees from the pool but several kinds of birds too and that includes chickens. Our young chickens are starting to lay now. We got our first egg from them the first week of Easter.

We also have some new babies this month.

Transplanted our little Olive tree to a larger container. Looks like it will produce some olives this year. Just a tiny sign but something is happening. Last year nothing was happening.

Our Pomegranate tree is starting to bloom too. We bought our trees from a local farmer last year. We had been purchasing food trees from the large corporate chains but every year they would stay small and never produce. That is when we started investing in trees from farmers in our area. I am concerned though that with tree viruses out there, trees are becoming very vulnerable. What a world we live in. I will leave it at that.

Went shopping at our neighborhood nursery. I could hang out at this place for hours, find a good book and sit under one of their huge shade trees. There is a really old adobe home there that they have turned into a little cottage filled with hand made candles and home made gifts from local crafters and businesses in the area. A mom and pop garden shop that has been in business since before I was born. There are also peacocks that roam the garden as you explore. This is where I decided to practice shooting with my camera for vlogging but I am still learning and all my shots are mostly out of focus or too bouncy. It will give you motion sickness if you watch it now.

I bought some pretty green moss from the nursery and made another one of my miniture gardens with it.

I also tried shooting this project for a vlog but again I am so new at this that everything was wonky. The tripod isn’t the best and everything had to be readjusted all the time. I am getting practice in so that is what counts.
One of the videos I shot was of the process of making these little plaster cottages to paint. I mixed up the plaster and poured it into a mold I have. After it cured for awhile I popped them out to include in my practice vlogging. Again, it was not good so I will try to reshoot the whole process again. My husband signed up Our Little Red House for YouTube vlogging and we have nothing on it at the moment. I have no idea what I am doing. All you DIY vloggers out there, you guys are great, I love watching your crafting.

My work table was an ever changing scene of plants to be potted that day.

There were lots of purchases at the dollar store for my garden this month. Pots, little decorative items and flower seeds. Dollar stores are the perfect places to shop when on a budget. I even got some mint for .99 cents that normally sells for $4 in the big store chains. I planted it as soon as I got home that day.

This was such a cute little pot for .99 cents. I love the Sunflower designs on it.

We bought some new large pots for transplants this month but there are still shortages here and pots seem to be one of those items. I still haven’t found the smaller ones. There are ways around that. Maybe I should do a post on how to recycle paper by making paper pots yourself. It’s all in the folding with that DIY. When life throws lemons at you make lemonade, is that how that goes. Seems God is giving us all kinds of gifts in learning how to do things ourselves. The best thing as always is teaching a man to fish. God is sure teaching us all how important fishing is right now.

For now I still have several tiny pots I can use for young transplants.

My son worked on separating seeds we have collected from local gardeners and neighbors. He is keeping busy in his semester off from Micro Biology.

We purchased another hydroponics system to grow some veggies inside. These items are for our children. Both my college kids are taking a semester off. This is purely to heal emotionally from several losses in our circle of friends and family during 2020. Our kids were still able to keep their scholarships’ and will be starting up again in the fall.

We didn’t buy this full price. We live in a city where there is an Amazon auction. My husband won the bid on this purchase and we were able to save a couple hundred dollars by buying it this way. Check your areas for auctions and ads when trying to save money with gardening supplies.

Meanwhile my husband and I are going old school, going back to days of homeschooling lessons and working on real world lessons with them. Cooking, growing, collecting seeds, building, learning how to be self sufficient. They are young adults but I don’t care if you are 9 or 90 years old…there is always room to learn something new everyday.

“ Teach a child how to think, not what to think.”

                  Sidney Sugarman

Our garden is popping with Sunflowers right now.

I decided to use our old wagon for some staged DIY photos for Spring time projects. I planted a mini garden in it. I will be adding plaster mushrooms and flowers to it later. I will also be painting some rocks we collected from Cherry creak by Our Little Red House up north.

 I have been hanging onto this little red wagon for way too long. Am I too sentimental or what? I pulled my babies around this wagon to swap meets (flea markets) to the city parks,  and around paved desert trails.

They filled this wagon up with toys, dirt, rocks, and tons of Legos all through the years. Their grandpa bought it for them one Christmas.This little wagon went on a lot of adventures with us all. It is such a mess now. It’s  time to let it go, but first I will take fun photos using it as a prompt.

This being Spring, there were many flower blooms in our garden this month.

Which means we are getting lots of new visitors.

This itty bitty hummingbird would not leave my side when I went out in the garden to practice shooting for the vlog. Sadly I was not able to keep up with it much when live shooting and most of the footage is a tiny fuzzy ball buzzing around me. It was so adorable. At one point I was less then a foot away from it as it sat on the tip of an Aloe plant staring at me while I tried walking very softly to it. Unfortunately I did not have the camera ready when it did that. It seemed to be studying me more then I it. Probably just out of it’s nest, it was trying to figure out what kind of a creature I was. Then two more hummingbirds flew down and one started to try and feed it, it looked that way at least. The two that flew down where much bigger then this little guy.

That’s it for April.

Next month I hope to have that mosaic table done and of course I can’t wait to meet any new plants that pop out.

Happy gardening adventures everyone. Stay safe out there and plant lots of pretty things please. Rememeber gardening is good for the soul.

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  1. Liz says:

    Looking forward to future posts, from your garden.

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    1. Thank you Liz, hopefully I will have some new flowers next month to share with everyone.

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      1. Liz says:

        I look forward to seeing. 🙂

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  2. It looks like your garden is going to be amazing this year. I am hoping we can get some better soil for my garden beds this year. Last year the dirt they offered was horrible and my garden suffered. My dad is going to look and see what the place has this year but he’s slowing down a lot and I don’t want to put that on him. Hopefully we can get started soon, which will probably be too late again like last year.

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    1. Our regular dirt here in the city is terrible. The dirt from our ground that is, like cement. My husband goes to this place in the city where he can buy dirt by the truck load. He has the back of the truck filled for a lot less then what it cost to buy the bags at the hardware stores. You know, the big chain home stores. It would cost $30 to fill one large container with what dirt cost from there. So we get it from a local business that sells dirt here. Mostly we have a bunch of trees we bought this year that we hopefully can keep alive. Seems like homesteading items are getting harder to find and also going way up in prices. Houseplants are crazy expensive now I noticed. I have been trying to propagate from old plants I have had for years. Snake plants are easy to propagate as well as spider plants.

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  3. Scott Dee says:

    Your garden is such an inspiration! And I’m hoping I can show the photo of your olive blooms to my olive tree so it’ll decide to grow olives too.

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    1. Thank you, so cute about the Olive trees. That would be nice if you got some olives this year too. Our trees are tiny right now but they are showing signs of producing and that is always nice.

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  4. Your garden is wonderful. I hope mine will look good soon

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    1. Thank you. I bet your garden will be beautiful. This is that time of year when Spring brings out so many beautiful plants for us all to see. All around our neighborhood we have plants popping out.

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  5. Log & Mitten says:

    That’s a lovely post. You made me smile with your opening sentence about happiness and gardening. I hope that some day I’ll be able to enjoy some of this happy gardening experience I see many having. In the meantime, I enjoy seeing and learning from others. Just the sight of plants, garden, trees and nature generally speaking is enough to make me happy in the moment.

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    1. Thank you, you are so kind. I hope you get to have a garden in your future too, they are so nice. We didn’t always have a garden. We started with a few house plants here and there in the beginning. We learn something every year.

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      1. Log & Mitten says:

        Thanks for sharing your experience. That’s inspiring and good to know. For me, just the sight of herbs is enough to bring a smile to my face and brings me joy sometimes. I find them pretty and yummy. I’d definitely love to have a decent spot where to grow herbs. From what I hear from homesteaders and gardeners, nothing beats vegetables and fruits you grow yourself free from chemicals.

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      2. That is so true. We don’t use chemicals so whatever we grow we are happy for. Fresh fruits and veggies from the garden are always smaller than what we buy in the stores but there is double the flavor when you eat something you grow yourself. We are still learning and Arizona is not an easy state to grow in, in the desert areas of course. There are several farm stands and markets in our state where you can get locally grown produce that taste like real food. It is so strange tasting something from the stores and comparing it to something from the local farmers, such a difference. If we are lucky we will come across produce from the stores that taste good too. For now my family and I are just having fun learning and growing what we can. Our little garden is not producing anything to feed anyone right now but we are gaining knowledge everyday with what we are trying, A little herb garden by your window is a perfect project to start with. Think that is how my husband got into gardening years ago…a little herb set I bought him one year as a Christmas gift.

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      3. Log & Mitten says:

        Thanks a lot for sharing and for your time! I like your easy going attitude towards it all. I think that’s how I’ll approach it once I’m ready. For now, I just enjoy learning about various things online (homesteading, gardening, some herbalism, discovering plants and nature and their benefits, how it can support our lives) so getting serious about things won’t be too hard when I’m ready. Have a lovely week!

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      4. You too, have a beautiful week and remember what ever you start doing just have fun with it and the rest will just happen on it’s own. Life already has enough stress that comes with and that is why gardening is such a peaceful and healing environment to put ourselves in. Through gardening we are able to feed all our senses.

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      5. Log & Mitten says:

        Thanks for these wise words!

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      6. You’re very welcome.

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