“There are no gardening mistakes only experiments.”
Janet Kilburn Phillips
October is such a nice time to be outside here in Arizona.
We don’t get the season of Fall here in the desert so we have to add our own Fall décor. This is the fun part to me. I do miss seeing all those beautiful leaves that other states enjoy but I also have a lot of fun adding faux Fall to our home too.
This month I continued working on organizing and cleaning up.
I now understand why they say having a garden is a never ending process. It does keep you busy but at least it’s peaceful.
If you have any sort of garden you know exactly what I am writing about. Even little potted herb gardens need daily care, as well as a house full of plants.
My mini gardens were a bit of a mess.
All that rain we had over the summer beat up the little gardens.
I added some tiny pumpkins. Even the mini gardens get decorated for the holidays.
I picked up a plant stand at the second hand shop. It was a really dark color so I repainted it. Not sure where it will go as of now, may bring it inside or even take it up north to Our Little Red House. It was $8. I call it a plant stand but I believe it is meant as a bathroom organizer.
The pool is cold. All our neighbors have stopped using theirs. I’m no longer hearing the splashing of water everywhere around our street. We have another side next to the pool fence that is an actual dirt yard but the pool side is all bricks or pool deck so that part of our garden is mostly pots. The chickens live on the other side of the garden.
Cold water is a shock at first but so refreshing once you get used to it after a few minutes. We don’t have a heated pool. If you come to Arizona in the Winter and stay at the fancy resorts, something I have never done, then your pool will be heated. It still gets cold here in Arizona. When the pool is cold, Fall’s here. I would love to experience what living somewhere with 4 seasons is like.
We were visited by the cities lovebirds again. There are four of them that hang out in the big tree over the pool. Getting a good spot for my morning and evening rituals of leaving seeds out for them. They’re native to Africa but have adjusted to our city really well. Watch the story about how they got here to our city. They are so adorable in person.
These birds are always a special treat to see and they have a really pretty chirp or song…what do you call it when a bird sings? I never have my camera with me when I come across them in our garden. When I run in to get my camera , by the time I get out there, they are gone. Little boogers. I have heard they love hanging out by water and seem to like the tree above our pool the most.
We still have a bunch of Basil, which is a good thing because my daughter makes this pesto sauce for her pasta dishes with it. So yummy.
3 cups basil leaves
11/2 tablespoons of garlic
¾ virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in food processor and blend. Boil 1lb of pasta and add Basil sauce.
Some plants I added this month were Rosemary, chives , petunias, marigolds, tiny white flowers, and green onions.
I had a nailed it moment with my failed attempt at concrete pumpkins. I watched this sweet grandmother from the south make these pumpkins and thought to myself…”I am going to try that”. Saw a bucket of what I thought was cement that belonged to my husband out in our building supplies and gave it a go. You know how I like to use what I have on hand, well that doesn’t always work out well.
I wanted to use cement but turns out I was using concrete. Figure I would have those textured bumpy pumpkins I saw a couple weeks ago in the store. I didn’t add a small jar to the middle though so my pumpkins came out really flat. Found my husband in the room watching an old classic movie and told him my pumpkins are a mess. They look like a cross between garlic and onion, and a tomato someone has stepped on.
If you want to watch that sweet little grandma from the south with her adorable accent, here she is in clip below. I’m not through with this, hopefully I will have a pretty pumpkin eventually.
That’s it for this month. Happy gardening adventures everyone.