“ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.